1.57. fcoe-utils

An updated fcoe-utils package that fixes several bugs and adds one enhancement is now available for Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.
The fcoe-utils package allows users to use Fibre Channel over Ethernet (FCoE). The package contains the fcoeadm command line tool for configuring FCoE interfaces, and the fcoemon service to configure DCB (Data Center Bridging) Ethernet QoS filters.
The fcoe-utils package has been upgraded to upstream version 1.0.18, which provides a number of bug fixes and enhancements over the previous version. (BZ#672453, BZ#691613)
Bug Fixes
Previously, in a particular setup with multipath and FCoE services, the system sometimes became unresponsive during shutdown or reboot, and a hard reboot was required to get the system back up. Now, an additional FCoE root filesystem check has been added to the init script and the system no longer hangs during reboot or shutdown in this scenario.
Sometimes, FCoE devices are not discovered immediately by the system. As a consequence, some FCoE partitions were previously not automounted after a boot. With this update, the FCoE init script waits for a certain amount of time (65 seconds by default), which is enough for most FCoE partitions to be discovered and mounted during the boot.
Running the fcoeadm tool without the FCoE stack loaded caused the fcoeadm tool to terminate with a backtrace when it tried to free an unallocated pointer. With this update, only successfully allocated pointers are freed and the fcoeadm tool returns a proper error message otherwise.
After VLAN discovery was tried unsuccessfully 10 times, the default FCoE driver for an interface was used instead of the preferred one. With this update, VLAN discovery is retried indefinitely and FCoE interfaces are now created only upon VLAN discovery, with proper drivers.
For several fcoe-utils executables, there were minor inconsistencies in the documentation between their command help output and their man pages. With this update, the documentation has been updated and the man pages and help output are now consistent.
The vconfig package had been marked for removal from the distribution, but the fcoe-utils package required it at runtime. With this update, this dependency has been removed in favor of the iproute package.
When an FCoE VLAN interface was restarted, the FCoE interface was not re-enabled after the VLAN interface was brought up again. This bug has been fixed and the FCoE interface is now automatically enabled after the VLAN interface is brought up.
With this update, the fcoe-utils package introduces a new SUPPORTED_DRIVERS configuration option to list all the low-level drivers that can potentially claim a network device. The package also uses the new sysfs module path introduced by the Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.1 kernel update.
Users of fcoe-utils are advised to upgrade to this updated package, which fixes these bugs and adds this enhancement.