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SubjectRe: SCSI tape load problem with Exabyte Drive
On Wed, Oct 17, 2001 at 09:43:42AM +0300, Kai Makisara wrote:
> On Tue, 16 Oct 2001, Jeff V. Merkey wrote:
>
> >
> >
> > On 2.4.6 with st and AICXXXX driver, issuance of an MTLOAD command
> > via st ioctl() calls results in a unit attention and failure of
> > the drive while loading a tape from an EXB-480 robotics tape
> > library.
> >
> > Code which generates this error is attached. The error will not
> > clear unless the code first closes the open handle to the device,
> > then reopens the handle and retries the load command. The failure
> > scenario is always the same. The first MTLOAD command triggers
> > the tape drive to load the tape, then all subsequent commands
> > fail until the handle is closed and the device is reopened and
> > a second MTLOAD command gets issued, then the drive starts
> > working.
> >
> This is a "feature" of the st driver: if you get UNIT ATTENTION anywhere
> else than within open(), it is considered an error. In most cases this is
> true but MTLOAD is an exception. I have not thought about this exception
> and noone before you has reported it ;-)
>
> As you say, the workaround is to close and reopen the device after MTLOAD.
> You should not need the second MTLOAD.
>
> I will think about a fix to this problem. The basic reason for not
> allowing UNIT ATTENTION anywhere is that flushing the driver state
> properly in any condition is complicated and there has been no legitimate
> reason to allow this. However, here it should be sufficient to use a no-op
> SCSI command after LOAD to get the UNIT ATTENTION.
>
> Kai
>

Kai,

Thanks for the prompt response. We will continue using the current
recovery method since this appears to work based upon your
description of what is happening here. I will remove the second MTLOAD
command and test with the robotics library. Sounds like it should
work OK. Please let us know what you decide if you feel a workaround
is needed for this problem, and we will be happy to test it for
you.

Do-na-da Go-hv-e

Wa-do

Thanks

Jeff

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