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  1. #1

    Updating an HBA driver: Chicken and the Egg

    My SAN admin tells me that I must update my HBA driver to use the new SAN architecture.

    So I have downloaded a new HBA driver for my SAN-based Red Hat server's HBA card.

    I go to install it:

    # ./qlinstall

    #************************************************* ********#
    # SANsurfer Driver Installer for Linux #
    # Installer Version: 1.01.00pre21 #
    #************************************************* ********#

    Kernel version: 2.6.18-92.1.22.el5
    Distribution: Red Hat Enterprise Linux Server release 5.2 (Tikanga)

    Found following QLogic Adapter in the system
    1. QLE2460
    Installation will begin for following driver
    1. qla2xxx version: v8.02.14.01

    Module qla2xxx is in use, installer can not proceed.
    Try unloading the module manually using "modprobe -rv qla2xxx"
    and restart the installation.

    So then I:
    # modprobe -rv qla2xxx
    FATAL: Module qla2xxx is in use.

    I am a relative linux noob (less than a year), and this is my first HBA driver install... So what next?

    mind you, My server is SAN-based, and this card is what connects me to the SAN. If I unload the driver, won't that disconnect me from the SAN where I need to install the driver?

    Very confusing eh?

  2. #2
    Linux Enthusiast
    Join Date
    Aug 2006
    Portsmouth, UK
    Hi soy4soy,

    Does sound like a bit of a problem, which is why I keep my OS installs on local discs rather than on a SAN partition.

    Have a dig around on qlogics website you might find something there.
    RHCE #100-015-395
    Please don't PM me with questions as no reply may offend, that's what the forums are for.

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