[lkml]   [2001]   [Jul]   [8]   [last100]   RSS Feed
Views: [wrap][no wrap]   [headers]  [forward] 
Messages in this thread
SubjectRe: SCSI Tape corruption - update
On Thu, 21 Jun 2001, Geert Uytterhoeven wrote:
> On Tue, 8 May 2001, Geert Uytterhoeven wrote:
> > 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.

New findings:
- The problem doesn't happen with kernels <= 2.2.17. It does happen with all
kernels starting with 2.2.18-pre1.
- The only related stuff that changed in 2.2.18-pre1 seems to be the
Sym53c8xx driver itself. I'll do some more tests soon to isolate the
- The changes to the Sym53c8xx driver in 2.2.18-pre1 are _huge_. Are the
individual changes between sym53c8xx-1.3g and sym53c8xx-1.7.0 available

BTW, I wrote a small test program which tries to analyze error bursts. You can
find it at

Sample test using 200000000 bytes of data:

genpseudorandom -o -l 200000000 > /dev/tape
genpseudorandom -i < /dev/tape

So far I always saw problems when writing even only 10 MB to tape: ca. 3-5
bursts of 32 or 12 incorrect bytes, which are always a copy of the
corresponding bytes in the previous block. Of course I used a much larger test
stream to verify 2.2.17.




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.
-- Linus Torvalds

To unsubscribe from this list: send the line "unsubscribe linux-kernel" in
the body of a message to
More majordomo info at
Please read the FAQ at

 \ /
  Last update: 2005-03-22 12:56    [W:0.050 / U:1.300 seconds]
©2003-2020 Jasper Spaans|hosted at Digital Ocean and TransIP|Read the blog|Advertise on this site