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SubjectRe: Driver retries disk errors.
On Wed, 1 Sep 2004, Alan Cox wrote:

> On Mer, 2004-09-01 at 16:18, Bill Davidsen wrote:
> > If would probably be good to retry "read what you were asked, nothing
> > more" on error, to avoid passing back errors caused by readahead. I
> > suspect this would avoid some issues reading data off CD as well, where
> > one software can read clean and another ends with a short image and error.
> Sure but as I understand the block layer currently (and I may be missing
> something in the 2.6 code) I can't do that from a driver.
Sorry, that was unclear. I was speaking of a general approach rather than
what would be done in the driver. Clearly that's best done at a higher
level. Drivers should not be making policy decisions of that type, but I
don't think it's good to return a read error caused by data the program
didn't request (ie. readahead).

Unless S.M.A.R.T is lying, that happens so seldom on disk that the
overhead of a retry doesn't matter. And on CD it makes things work where
currently they fail.

bill davidsen <>
CTO, TMR Associates, Inc
Doing interesting things with little computers since 1979.

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