Bug#433568: support for detecting missing firmware for vlan support
On Mon, 2016-06-27 at 11:54 +0000, Holger Levsen wrote:
> I've installed Debian jessie in a setup yesterday, where I needed to use
> vlan, so I was very happy when I saw that this bug has a patch.
> However, the network card I used works nicely for configurations without
> vlans without loading additional firmware, while it needs a non free
> firmware to support vlans.
> Looking through the patch for #433568 I could not see anything dealing
> with such situations however :/
I've never heard of that situation before. Which hardware is this?
Where is the need for firmware documented?
Humour is the best antidote to reality.
it's long ago this issue was opened and some working code was added by
On Mon, Jun 27, 2016 at 02:13:33PM +0000, Holger Levsen wrote:
> the server is located in a loud+dusty+dark room, has 4 ethernet devices
> and it seems I mixed them up…
On my day job we now hit exactly this situation for some months now. Our
network infrastructure got renewed and mostly all physical ports now
have VLANs tagged only.
I remembered this report and extracted the patches and information
around, put it all together on top of the Git tree for the installer and
build various variants based on the master tree for the d-i but also for
the tree of buster. We were able to configure the network setup within
the d-i to recognize the VLAN ID and proceeded successfully further with
the installation of servers.
Technically it is working, as pointed out within this report some issues
regarding debconf are still needed to work on.
I attach the current WIP of my patch work here. I reworked the source a
little bit to follow the existing coding style for the new files and
routines. But there is nothing technically changed in the new source
I'd appreciate if we could get one step closer to include VLAN support
for the D-I as possible release goal for bulleseye. If possible I work
on further needed adjustments.