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SubjectRe: Problem with ata layer in 2.6.24
On Tuesday 29 January 2008, Alan Cox wrote:
>> not one problem but lots---is sufficiently widespread that a Mini HOWTO,
>> say, would be really welcome and, I'm guessing, widely used.
>We don't see very many libata problems at the distro level and they for
>the most part boil down to
>- error messages looking different - Most bugs I get are things like
>media errors (timeout looks different, UNC report looks different)
>- broken hardware - I've closed a whole raft of bugs that turn out to be
>new PC systems where even the BIOS doesn't see the drives
>- faulty hardware being picked up because we actually do real error
>checking now. We now check for and give some devices more slack while
>still doing error checking. Both IDE layers also added blacklists for
>stuff like the TSScorp DVD drives. Qemu has now had its bugs patched.
>- sata_nv with >4GB of RAM, knowing being worked on, no old IDE driver
>- pata_ali MWDMA with ATAPI, PIO works fine, all a bit of a mystery and
>as it affects only a few chip variants hard to figure out. Workaround
>- CS handling. On a few boxes using cable select (particularly on one
>drive and not the other) shows up a problem, normally a failed SRST.
>That's still under investigation.
>- Promise timeouts. The old IDE times out then polls the device and finds
>the IRQ was never sent and then recovers so the user sees a short stall
>but no errors. The new libata doesn't do this and pdc202xx_old thus
>produces some error messages on some boxes. Backup polling is on my todo

As slight change here, I was going to use the same .config as 2.6.24-rc8, but
just discovered that neither rc8 nor final is finding the drivers for my
dvd writer while using libata, so its not useable. So I've enable a couple of
things in the 2.6.24 build that aren't in the 2.6.24-rc8. When I find the
magic twanger, I'll rebuild -rc8 with it too.

Cheers, Gene
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