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SubjectRe: SCSI Tape corruption - update
On Tue, 8 May 2001, Geert Uytterhoeven wrote:
> On Mon, 7 May 2001, Lorenzo Marcantonio wrote:
> > On Mon, 7 May 2001, Rob Turk wrote:
> > > Have you ruled out hardware failures? There's been a few isolated reports
> >
> > That tape drive (Sony SDT-9000, less than 2 years of service) works
> > perfectly on Windows NT (were it was before) and even on Linux 2.2
> >
> > Also the cartridge was brand new.
> In the mean time I down/upgraded to 2.2.17 on my PPC box (CHRP LongTrail,
> Sym53c875, HP C5136A DDS1) and I can confirm that the problem does not happen
> under 2.2.17 neither.
> My experiences:
> - reading works fine, writing doesn't
> - 2.2.x works fine, 2.4.x doesn't (at least since 2.4.0-test1-ac10)
> - hardware compression doesn't matter
> - I have a sym53c875, Lorenzo has an Adaptec, so most likely it's not a
> SCSI hardware driver bug
> - I have a PPC, Lorenzo doesn't, so it's not CPU-specific
> - corruption is always a block of 32 bytes being replaced by 32 bytes from
> the previous tape block (depending on block size!) (approx. 6 errors per
> 256 MB)
> Lorenzo, can you please investigate the exact nature of the corruption on your
> system?
> - How many successive bytes are corrupted?
> - Where do the corrupted data come from?

Yesterday I noticed the same corruption under 2.2.19 (yes, I run amverify after
backing up my system now, so it detects corruption through the gzip CRCs).

I'll do some more tests (when I find time) to get a higher statistical
certainty that it really doesn't happen under earlier 2.2.x kernels.



Geert Uytterhoeven -- There's lots of Linux beyond ia32 --

In personal conversations with technical people, I call myself a hacker. But
when I'm talking to journalists I just say "programmer" or something like that.
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