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4.67. iscsi-initiator-utils

Updated iscsi-initiator-utils packages that fix multiple bugs and add various enhancements are now available for Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5.
The iscsi-initiator-utils packages provide the server daemon for the Internet Small Computer System Interface (iSCSI) protocol, as well as the utility programs used to manage it. iSCSI is a protocol for distributed disk access using SCSI commands sent over Internet Protocol (IP) networks.


The iSCSI user-space driver, iscsiuio, has been upgraded to upstream version, which provides a number of bug fixes and enhancements over the previous version. In particular, VLAN and routing support. (BZ#796836)

Bug Fix

The source RPM package for the iSCSI user-space driver, iscsiuio, did not include the NEW and AUTHORS files as required by the GNU packaging guidelines, and did not set the automake foreign option. The iscsiuio autoconf script uses libtool macros, but libtool was not specified as a build requirement in the RPM spec file. Consequently, attempting to rebuild the source RPM package in an environment with automake installed failed. Attempting to rebuild the source RPM package in an environment with autoconf installed, but without libtool, failed. The iscsiuio source has been updated to set the foreign automake option, in order to disable strict enforcing of the GNU packaging guidelines. In addition, libtool has been added as a build requirement for iscsi-initiator-utils, so that the required autoconf macros are available at build time. As a result, the iscsi-initiator-utils package can be built from the source RPM in a build environment that has automake and autoconf installed.


Some iSCSI offload hardware requires the network interface to be "up" to function properly. Previously, this required additional network configuration steps before starting iSCSI. With this update, when the iSCSI daemon (iscsid) is starting an offloaded iSCSI session, the operational state of the associated network interface is now checked. The network interface is brought into an administrative up state automatically if needed. Offloaded iSCSI sessions can now be established without manually configuring the network interface first, iscsid will bring the interface up if needed.
All users of iscsi-initiator-utils are advised to upgrade to these updated packages, which fix these bugs and add these enhancements.