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SubjectRe: aacraid (dell PERC) cannot handle a degraded mirror

Thank you for looking at this - I have seen this happen many times across
many machines, and it is always the disk that is bad. Replace the disk,
and this stops happening - even though the firmware was not ever replaced.

Relevant details- (and these are interesting):

1. Controller BIOS: 2.7-0 (Build #3153)
2. using fujitsu drives
3. previously, these fujitsu drives, with older firmwares on the PERC
would confuse it so bad it would drop them off and do this same behavior -
now it only happens when a drive actually goes bad.

thanks!

On 11 Mar 2003, Alan Cox wrote:

> On Mon, 2003-03-10 at 07:44, Josh Brooks wrote:
> > 1. I start getting things like this in /var/log/messages
> >
> > Mar 9 07:12:36 system kernel: aacraid:ID(0:02:0); Error Event
> > [command:0x28]
> > Mar 9 07:12:36 system kernel: aacraid:ID(0:02:0); Medium Error, Block
> > Range 435200 : 435327
> > Mar 9 07:12:36 system kernel: aacraid:ID(0:02:0); Error Too Long To
> > Correct
> > Mar 9 07:12:36 system kernel: aacraid:ID(0:02:0) Medium Error, LBN Range
> > 435200:435327
> > Mar 9 07:12:36 system kernel: aacraid:ID(0:02:0) Starting BBR sequence
> >
>
> These come from the firmware
>
> > Mar 9 07:13:00 system kernel: scsi : aborting command due to timeout :
> > pid
> > 162469964, scsi0, channel 0, id 1, lun 0 Read (10) 00 00 06 a3 ff 00 00 08
> > 00
>
> We start to timeout because the firmware isnt responding
>
> > Mar 9 07:13:07 system kernel: aacraid:ID(0:02:0); Error Event
> > [command:0x28]
> > Mar 9 07:13:07 system kernel: aacraid:ID(0:02:0); Medium Error, Block
> > Range 435234 : 435234
> > Mar 9 07:13:07 system kernel: aacraid:ID(0:02:0); Error Too Long To
> > Correct
>
> Firmware finally gives up
>
> >
> > 3. disk 2 on channel 0 fails. No problem, it's a mirror, right ?
>
> > Mar 9 07:13:36 system kernel: aacraid: BBR timed out at Block 0x6a42d
> > Mar 9 07:13:36 system kernel: aacraid:Drive 0:2:0 returning error
> > Mar 9 07:13:36 system kernel: aacraid:ID(0:02:0) - IO failed, Cmd[0x28]
>
> Drive firmware fails the I/O
>
> > So, why does the system run fine on the broken mirror, but panics and
> > crashes when the mirror actually breaks ?
> >
> > This is very frustrating - one of the reasons we spent money to mirror
> > things was to reduce possible downtimes (since a disk failure will not
> > crash the machine) but ... a disk failure does crash the machine.
> > Explanations welcome.
>
> Looking at the trace the driver was thrown by something. I think I know
> what may have occurred in your case but not in the test/qualification
> sets. Somehow the firmware spent so long we aborted/gave up and killed
> of a command - then it completed and we tried to sell the scsi layer.
>
> It'll be a while before I can validate that, you might also want to
> report it to aacraid@adapter.com (I think - see MAINTAINERS file for
> the kernel)
>
>
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