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Subjectproblem with ide-scsi and IDE tape drive
Hi,

I have a Seagate STT20000A IDE tape drive, which I am trying to use
with the ide-scsi driver. It worked well enough when moving data
around to repartition recently, but I have discovered a repeatable
problem.

If I try and save a tar to the tape twice in succession, rewinding and
reading forward to the same point each time first, the second attempt
fails (details below).

I originally found this under 2.2.19, and upgraded to 2.4.13 to see if
the problem was still there when running more recent code. It is.

Here is a script which demonstrates the problem for me:

#! /bin/sh
set -e
TAPE=/dev/nst0
hsize=512

set -x

mt -f $TAPE rewind
echo "tape 1" | dd conv=sync of=$TAPE bs=$hsize count=1

for x in 1 2 3; do
mt -f $TAPE rewind
dd if=$TAPE of=/dev/null bs=$hsize
date
tar -c -b 20 -f $TAPE /boot
done

Here's what the output looks like:

sfere# ./t
+ mt -f /dev/nst0 rewind
+ dd conv=sync of=/dev/nst0 bs=512 count=1
+ echo 'tape 1'
0+1 records in
1+0 records out
+ mt -f /dev/nst0 rewind
+ dd if=/dev/nst0 of=/dev/null bs=512
1+0 records in
1+0 records out
+ date
Tue Oct 30 23:15:01 GMT 2001
+ tar -c -b 20 -f /dev/nst0 /boot
tar: Removing leading `/' from absolute path names in the archive
+ mt -f /dev/nst0 rewind
+ dd if=/dev/nst0 of=/dev/null bs=512
1+0 records in
1+0 records out
+ date
Tue Oct 30 23:15:36 GMT 2001
+ tar -c -b 20 -f /dev/nst0 /boot
tar: Removing leading `/' from absolute path names in the archive
tar: Cannot write to /dev/nst0: I/O error
tar: Error is not recoverable: exiting now

The behaviour is extremely consistent - the second invocation of tar
always fails.

I rebuilt st.o and ide-scsi.o with the debugging macros enabled. The
resulting kernel output is 80Kb long, and rather than fill everyone's
inboxes I've put it at:

ftp://ftp.chiark.greenend.org.uk/users/richardk/tapelog.txt

Some possibly-relevant version numbers:

sfere# uname -a
Linux sfere 2.4.13 #1 Sun Oct 28 12:13:17 GMT 2001 i586 unknown
sfere# tar --version
tar (GNU tar) 1.12

Copyright (C) 1988, 92, 93, 94, 95, 96, 97 Free Software Foundation, Inc.
This is free software; see the source for copying conditions. There is NO
warranty; not even for MERCHANTABILITY or FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE.

Written by John Gilmore and Jay Fenlason.
sfere# mt --version
GNU mt version 2.4.2

ttfn/rjk
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