W: Possible missing firmware ???.fw.bin?? for module ??????.ko

Rick Stevens ricks at nerd.com
Thu Nov 5 17:25:56 UTC 2009

Adam Williamson wrote:
> On Thu, 2009-11-05 at 00:17 -0600, Robert G. (Doc) Savage wrote:
>>   Installing     : kernel-
>> W: Possible missing firmware aic94xx-seq.fw for module aic94xx.ko
>> W: Possible missing firmware ql8100_fw.bin for module qla2xxx.ko
>> This laptop may be a horse (quad cores), but it's not at all in the same
>> league as workstations/servers needing fibre channel cards to access SAN
>> storage. Why does this kernel seem to *expect* these files to be there,
>> then raise warnings when it doesn't find them? It seems to me the
>> overhelming majority of machines on which this kernel might be installed
>> would never have a need for a fiber channel card.
> It's not the kernel warning, AIUI, it's dracut. It just prints a warning
> for _any_ module in the initrd it's building that looks like it needs
> firmware which is not present. And because we build universal initrds by
> default with dracut, these modules go in even if they're not needed on
> your hardware.

Ah!  Sounds like dracut is being a bit, uh, draconian.  "All SCSI-ish 
controllers should be fully ready to rock when I run."  Ok, that makes
sense in a weird sorta way.
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