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Subject[PATCH 2.6.12-rc2] aoe [3/6]: update the documentation to mention aoetools

update the documentation to mention aoetools

Signed-off-by: Ed L. Cashin <>

diff -uprN a/Documentation/aoe/aoe.txt b/Documentation/aoe/aoe.txt
--- a/Documentation/aoe/aoe.txt 2005-04-20 11:42:20.000000000 -0400
+++ b/Documentation/aoe/aoe.txt 2005-04-20 11:42:21.000000000 -0400
@@ -4,6 +4,16 @@ The EtherDrive (R) HOWTO for users of 2.

It has many tips and hints!

+The aoetools are userland programs that are designed to work with this
+driver. The aoetools are on sourceforge.
+The scripts in this Documentation/aoe directory are intended to
+document the use of the driver and are not necessary if you install
+the aoetools.

Users of udev should find the block device nodes created
@@ -33,19 +43,17 @@ USING DEVICE NODES
"cat /dev/etherd/err" blocks, waiting for error diagnostic output,
like any retransmitted packets.

- The /dev/etherd/interfaces special file is obsoleted by the
- aoe_iflist boot option and module option (and its sysfs entry
- described in the next section).
"echo eth2 eth4 > /dev/etherd/interfaces" tells the aoe driver to
limit ATA over Ethernet traffic to eth2 and eth4. AoE traffic from
- untrusted networks should be ignored as a matter of security.
+ untrusted networks should be ignored as a matter of security. See
+ also the aoe_iflist driver option described below.

"echo > /dev/etherd/discover" tells the driver to find out what AoE
devices are available.

These character devices may disappear and be replaced by sysfs
- counterparts, so distribution maintainers are encouraged to create
- scripts that use these devices.
+ counterparts. Using the commands in aoetools insulates users from
+ these implementation details.

The block devices are named like this:

@@ -69,7 +77,8 @@ USING SYSFS
through which we are communicating with the remote AoE device.

There is a script in this directory that formats this information
- in a convenient way.
+ in a convenient way. Users with aoetools can use the aoe-stat
+ command.

root@makki root# sh Documentation/aoe/
e10.0 eth3 up
@@ -101,9 +110,9 @@ USING SYSFS
written to.

It's helpful to trigger discovery after setting the list of allowed
- interfaces. If your distro provides an aoe-discover script, you can
- use that. Otherwise, you can directly use the /dev/etherd/discover
- file described above.
+ interfaces. The aoetools package provides an aoe-discover script
+ for this purpose. You can also directly use the
+ /dev/etherd/discover special file described above.


Ed L. Cashin <>

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