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Re: [Freeipmi-users] ipmiconsole asus problem

From: Albert Chu
Subject: Re: [Freeipmi-users] ipmiconsole asus problem
Date: Sun, 23 Mar 2008 12:22:37 -0700 (PDT)
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Hey Bernd,

> Hello Al,
> On Sunday 23 March 2008, Albert Chu wrote:
>> Hey Bernd,
>> There are some ASUS ipmi compliance problems (confirmed by ASUS folks)
>> but
>> I don't know about if there are any firmware fixes out there.  If you
>> take
>> a look at the manpage, under "Workarounds" you can find (currently) 3
>> workarounds I put into ipmiconsole for Asus motherboards (please let me
>> know if your motherboard is not listed there, and I can add it to the
>> list).  The problem you're hitting below is almost assuredly the
>> "authcap"
>> issue.  The "solpayloadsize" and "solport" are two others that
>> may/may-not
>> exist on your motherboard.
> thanks a lot for your help. Somehow I missed the authcap workaround, I
> alreay
> tried the sol*. In the end one has to specify
> -W authcap,solpayloadsize

Great.  Glad it works for you.

> This a RS162-E4/RX4 barebone and I think the mainboard is called
> (according to dmidecode).

I'll add this one to the manpages.

>> PLMK if those workarounds work out for you.
>> Al
>> P.S.  If you/others are curious why ipmitool works by default, it's
>> actually related to an architectural decision.  Highlighted in part 8 of
> Which of these exactly? Wouldn't it be useful to simply try the authcap
> workaround if "invalid user" was returned?

The workaround for the asus boards is to simply ignore the "invalid user"
check early on and fall through to the remainder of the code. 
Unfortunately, I don't think there's any other way besides that :-(

> I still have a problem, though. As with ipmitool sysrqs don't work,
> although
> sysrqs are generally enabled. Do you have an idea what might be the
> problem?

I can't speak for the asus boards, but I know that some motherboards
cannot support serial-breaks via IPMI, therefore not allowing sysrqs to be
generated.  I only know of one vendor that does support it, and I had to
complain until a firmware fix was finally done.  So it wouldn't surprise
me if serial-breaks via IPMI just didn't work on the asus board.  Do
sysrqs work when you connect via a normal serial cable?


> Thanks again for your help,
> Bernd

Albert Chu
Computer Scientist
High Performance Systems Division
Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory

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