Q: Ethernet Device Driver: install/config help needed...

Q: Ethernet Device Driver: install/config help needed...

Post by Jason Uber » Sat, 24 Dec 1994 02:40:19



Please help a  new sysadmin  (to Linux).  I don't understand how one goes
about defining a new ethenet driver to the system for use.  That is, I need
to use the depca (DEC DE20x) ether driver for my network card.  I've rebuilt
the kernel, but don't know where to go from here.  I have no clue how to set
up drivers as I've never done it before and although I've read the FAQ's that
I could get my hands on they haven't been the help I need.  Here's some info
that should help in diagnosing:

#uname -a
Linux pluto 1.0 #2 Wed Dec 21 16:47:10 EST 1994 i486
#ifconfig
lo      Link encap Local Loopback
        inet addr 127.0.0.1  Bcast 127.255.255.255  Mask 255.0.0.0
        UP LOOPBACK RUNNING  MTU 2000  Metric 1
        RX packets 0 errors 0 dropped 0 overrun 0
        TX packets 332 errors 2 dropped 0 overrun 0
#netstat -i
Kernel Interface table
Iface   MTU Met  RX-OK RX-ERR RX-DRP RX-OVR  TX-OK TX-ERR TX-DRP TX-OVR Flags
lo     2000   0      0      0      0      0    324      2      0      0 LRU

Installed packages include A,AP,D, and N.  According to the distribution docs
and the setup util, this is Linux v1.20, but I'm fuzzy on how to know the
exact version numbers, etc.

Any and all help is greatly appreciated.  Please CC: any responses to my
e-mail address as well as posting.

Thanks,
Jason.


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1. Q: DEPCA Ethernet driver, config help needed

After reading all the FAQ's that I could and all the linux dist. info
I could get  my hands on, I'm at a loss for what to do now.  Any help
with the followingis much  appreciated - Did you  know this was 'help
a newbie Linux Admin' week?-)

System: DECpc LPv 433dx  (486 DX 33MHz box)
        515MB IDE drive
        Bus mouse
        VGA/SVGA video
Ethernet: DEC DE205 thinwire.

OS:     Linux v1.20 (or so it said when I ran setup)
        Installed from a CD that came with the book, "Internet CD", by
        Vivian Neou.
Packs:  A,AP,N,D        (Want to instal rest via network)

Okay, the problem is that I  can't figure out how to add an ethernet device
(namely eth0) to the system.  I've seen iflink and ifsetup, but they require
a file in /dev such as wd*, etc.  There are no such files in my install'n.

I cd'd to /usr/src/linux and rebuilt the kernel including a 'make config'  in
which  I specified the DEPCA driver support.  When that was done; however,
all I had was a kernel and a net.a in drivers/net.

How do I  turn this net.a &/or kernel into a usable driver??

I appreciate any help that people can offer.  Please CC: my email address
when posting any  replies, thanks.

Merry Christmas,
Jason.


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