Fusion-io ioDrive use with Debian

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In this article we illustrate how you use a Fusion-io ioDrive with Debian GNU/Linux Lenny 5 (64-bit). In this example we will be using a 2.6.32 core Debian Backports.

Downloading Drivers and Tools

The necessary drivers and tools can be downloaded here after a free registration:

Creating a Driver Package

The driver is provided by Fusion-io in the source code. It allows you to configure it specifically for your core.

Preparing the Build Environment

Install the following packages necessary for compiling the Fusion-io Source Driver Packages:

apt-get install gcc fakeroot build-essential debhelper linux-headers-$(uname -r) rsync

Compile Drivers

Unpack the driver source code:

tar xzvf iomemory-vsl_2.1.0.240-1.0.tar.gz

Change it in the directory:

cd iomemory-vsl-

Begin the Build Process:


Afterwards, find the corresponding Debian packages:

test-server:~/fusion-io/iomemory-vsl- cd ..
test-server:~/fusion-io# ls -l iomemory-vsl*deb
-rw-r--r-- 1 root root  339300 2010-09-30 11:09 iomemory-vsl-2.6.32-bpo.3-amd64_2.1.0.240-1.0_amd64.deb
-rw-r--r-- 1 root root 1622698 2010-09-30 11:09 iomemory-vsl-source_2.1.0.240-1.0_amd64.deb


Now install the following packages with dpkg-i:


These packages are required for SNMP Support:


You may also need these packages, but only in special cases:


Status Check

You can now load the module for Fusion-io:

modprobe iomemory-vsl

With fio-status you can check the status:

test-server:~# fio-status 

Found 1 ioDrive in this system
Fusion-io driver version: 2.1.0 build 240

Adapter: ioDrive
	Fusion-io ioDrive 320GB, Product Number:FS1-002-321-CS SN:18088
	External Power: NOT connected
	PCIE Power limit threshold: 24.75W
	Connected ioDimm module:
	  fct0:	Fusion-io ioDrive 320GB, Product Number:FS1-002-321-CS SN:14327

fct0	Attached as 'fioa' (block device)
	Fusion-io ioDrive 320GB, Product Number:FS1-002-321-CS SN:14327
	Alt PN:FS1-SS2-321-CS
	PCI:01:00.0, Slot Number:5
	Firmware v5.0.1, rev 42895
	322.55 GBytes block device size, 396 GBytes physical device size
	Internal temperature: avg 45.3 degC, max 45.8 degC
	Media status: Healthy; Reserves: 100.00%, warn at 10.00%


The device /dev/fioa is now available for hard drive use:

9000068554:~# cat /proc/partitions 
major minor  #blocks  name

   8        0  312571224 sda
   8        1    1052226 sda1
   8        2    8393962 sda2
 253        0  314993344 fioa

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Author: Werner Fischer

Werner Fischer, working in the Web Operations & Knowledge Transfer team at Thomas-Krenn, completed his studies of Computer and Media Security at FH Hagenberg in Austria. He is a regular speaker at many conferences like LinuxTag, OSMC, OSDC, LinuxCon, and author for various IT magazines. In his spare time he enjoys playing the piano and training for a good result at the annual Linz marathon relay.

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