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SubjectRe: SCSI Tape Device FATAL error on 2.4.10
On Fri, Oct 26, 2001 at 02:00:56PM +0200, Rob Turk wrote:
> "Jeff V. Merkey" <jmerkey@vger.timpanogas.org> wrote in message
> news:cistron.20011025124036.A11885@vger.timpanogas.org...
> >
> >
> > On a ServerWorks HE Chipset system with an Exabyte EXB-480
> > Robotics Tape library we are seeing a fatal SCSI IO problem
> > that results in a SCSI bus hang on the system. This error
> > is very fatal, and requires that the machine be rebooted
> > to recover. Following this error, the Linux
> > Operating System is still running OK, but the affected
> > SCSI bus does not respond to any commands nor do any
> > devices attached to this bus.
> >
> > The Tape Drive is an Exabyte SCSI Tape. The error occurs when
> > the device reaches end of tape (EOT) during a write operation
> > while writing to the tape.
> >
> > With tape programming, there really is no good way to know where
> > the end of tape is while archiving data real time, so this error
> > is pretty much fatal. We are using tape partitioning, which we
> > have noticed not many applications in Linux use at present, so
> > these code paths may be related to the problem. I have reviewed
> > st.c but it is not readily apparent where the problem may be
> > in this code, which is leading me to suspect it's related to
> > some interaction between st.c and the drivers with regard to
> > multiple seeks and writes between tape partitions.
> >
>
> Jeff,
>
> Logical end-of-tape handling is clearly defined in Exabyte's SCSI reference
> manual which you can download from their web page. There's nothing fatal
> about it, your application should handle it. The SCSI Write command that
> reaches logical end-of-tape (or end-of-partition) will end with a Check
> condition, Sense key 0h, ASC=00h, ASCQ=00h, EOM bit = 1. Your data will be
> written to tape just fine. There is plenty of tape left so you can
> gracefully write a delimiting filemark or whatever you need to close the
> current data set. All write commands after reaching LEOT will also result in
> a Check Condition with the above sense information (until you really run out
> of tape). It's a Logical end-of-tape you deal with, not a Physical one.
>
> As a side note, make sure you have the latest firmware loaded in your M2
> drives.
>
> Rob
>

I am using st.o and it is not handling this condition correctly under
Linux. It has nothing to do with your firmware. I am programming
the robot directly over SCSI, but I am going through the Linux tape support
module st.c for tape drive support. When this error occurs, the
entire SCSI bus gets hosed in some of the failure cases. Sounds like
I need to submit a patch to st.c

:-)

Jeff

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