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SubjectRe: [RFC] [PATCH] 0/7 2.5.35 SCSI multi-path
On Wed, Sep 18, 2002 at 11:17:59AM -0400, Brian Waite wrote:
> On Tuesday 17 September 2002 6:49 pm, Patrick Mansfield wrote:
>
> >
> > Currently, multi-path support requires a SCSI device that supports one of
> > the SCSI INQUIRY device identification pages (page 0x80 or 0x83). Devices
> > not supporting one of these pages are treated as if they were separate
> > devices. Devices that do not give a unique serial number per LUN for these
> > commands might incorrectly be identified as multi-pathed.
> >
> I might be wrong about this, I have put most of this out of my mind, but I
> belive that many tape drives and many cdrom drives do not return a serial
> number. Does this mean two seperate tape drives will "appear" as a single
> multi-port device, and worse could a cdrom and a tape device appear as the
> same device or do you seperate between device types and then serial numbers.\
>
> I was working on exactly this problem in Linux a while ago and we were
> running into serial number as uniqueness problems. What we chose to do was
> create a "uniqueness" driver that would first use a customer derived
> uniquness mecanism, IE "host:bus:channel:device is a single ported device of
> type XXX". The fall though mechanism was to query the serial number and if it
> was zero, or provided no serial number, then it could not be a multiported
> device. Of course for most scsi disks, the serial number was adequate to
> provide multiported-ness.
>
> PS. There is nothing funnier than putting 2 tape drives on a system that
> decides it is a single multiported device, starting a tar, and pulling the
> drive it was writing to, only to watch the tar continue merrily ontl the
> second tape drive. Sure you get your backup, the restore is a real bugger tho
> :)
>
> Sorry to waste bandwidth if you've already discussed, I am probably a bit late
> to the discussion.
> Thanks
> Brian

Devices without serial numbers are treated as if they had different serial
numbers, they show up as if there was no multi-path support.

Special handling is need for devices with unique identifiers outside of VPD
INQUIRY 0x80 and 0x83. This has to be handled on a per device basis, with
special scanning/probing code to get the unique identifier. Some devices
give the same value for page 0x80 no matter what LUN you connect to - these
are the biggest problem, and could show up as you described.

-- Patrick Mansfield

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