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Bug 26999

Summary: Request for increased Win4Lin support
Product: Gentoo Linux Reporter: Rance Hall <rance>
Component: [OLD] Core systemAssignee: Greg Kroah-Hartman (RETIRED) <gregkh>
Severity: enhancement CC: mal
Priority: High    
Version: unspecified   
Hardware: x86   
OS: Linux   
Package list:
Runtime testing required: ---

Description Rance Hall 2003-08-20 11:45:54 UTC
Several Gentoo kernel options include support for the the commercial program 
Win4Lin from Netraverse. 
I'm a Win4Lin user becuase of work, but the Win4Lin enabled kernels dont have 
supermount and some of the other kernel patches that make Gentoo easy to use and 
explain to new users. 
I'd like to explore the possibility of adding Win4Lin support to the full Gentoo kernel 
build and possibly call it the "Gentoo Plus." 
I made a copy of the gentoo-r6 kernel and manually tried to patch it with the two 
Win4Lin patches. 
Since one of the patches is strictly for adding new files to the kernel base it works 
everytime. but the main kernel patch has a lot of hunk failures when applied to the 
gentoo kernel. 
Also, If I take a vanilla kernel and apply the win4lin patches then I cant apply the 
supermount patches becuase they fail. 
I have the patch.log file created by the failed kernel patch, and the all the modified 
source files and the reject files if someone would like to see them. 
I will also be willing to test, help maintain, and if possible help develop future kernels 
with Win4Lin support. 

Reproducible: Always
Steps to Reproduce:
Comment 1 José Alberto Suárez López (RETIRED) gentoo-dev 2003-08-25 03:01:54 UTC

Netraverse is working in support to the wolk-kernel, but for the moment only vailla-kernel is officially supported by netraverse. So some of the "special" kernels in sys-kernel have the win4lin patch and functional, for example gs-sources (i use it every day). gs-sources have too a lot of nice patch and features like low-latency or preemtive... so i think that it have all you want.

Comment 2 Rance Hall 2003-08-25 09:03:40 UTC
I have the gs-sources installed on my system, but after running make menuconfig inside the gs-sources dir I find out that it doesnt have supermount.

all of my config files (especially /etc/fstab are setup for supermount.

add supermount to gs-sources and or wolk-sources and I will be just as happy.
Comment 3 Gour 2003-09-29 08:37:16 UTC
I'd also like to see more support for win4lin-sources kernel.

Primarily I need evms2 support since recently after switching to Gentoo (from
I put all my partitions on EVMS2 volumes and win4lin-sources does not support

I have contacted Netraverse support, but they directed me to ask Gentoo people
support since " ... Gentoo developers actually do all of the development
and support of the Gentoo Win4Lin-enabled sources."

Comment 4 José Alberto Suárez López (RETIRED) gentoo-dev 2003-10-25 07:23:38 UTC
All help will be well received. So i think that the gs-kernel have all features
needed. If you miss some featured, please tell me.

try the new gs-sources version
Comment 5 Darrell Bellerive 2004-07-05 12:46:15 UTC
I would like to add my support to the request for increased Win4Lin support, particularly with the 2.6 kernel. I would like to see the Win4Lin patches included in the gentoo-dev-sources. If necessary, a local USE flag could be used to control if the Win4Lin patches are applied.
Comment 6 José Alberto Suárez López (RETIRED) gentoo-dev 2004-08-01 12:03:08 UTC
these ideas are very nice :)
so i'm not part of the kernel herd. Please reassing this bug to kernel herd.
I reassing this to the gentoo-dev-sources guy.

Comment 7 Greg Kroah-Hartman (RETIRED) gentoo-dev 2004-09-20 15:11:07 UTC
Where are these patches located at?

And why are they not part of the mainline kernel?
Comment 8 Greg Kroah-Hartman (RETIRED) gentoo-dev 2005-08-16 11:51:22 UTC
Closing due to lack of info