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SubjectRe: [PATCH 1/1] scsi: retrieve cache mode using ATA_16 if normal routine fails
On Mon, 2011-12-12 at 16:48 +0530, Amit Sahrawat wrote:
> It has been observed that a number of USB HDD's do not respond correctly
> to SCSI mode sense command(retrieve caching pages) which results in their
> Write Cache being discarded by queue requests i.e., WCE if left set to
> '0'(disabled).
> This results in a number of Filesystem corruptions, when the device
> is unplugged abruptly.

Um, how would knowing the caching type correctly help? If you surprise
unplug the device, we can't send a flush to it anyway ...

> So, in order to identify the devices correctly - give it
> a last try using ATA_16 after failure from normal routine.
> Introduce a mechanism to store write-cache type using /sys/class/
> interface, so that the normal code continues to function without errors.
> Signed-off-by: Amit Sahrawat <>
> Signed-off-by: Nam-Jae Jeon <>

This whole patch looks like a layering violation. Why not just update
the SAT layer to translate the MODE SENSE correctly?


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