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SubjectRe: [PATCH] (2.4.2x) Driver for Medley software RAID (Silicon Image 3112 SATARaid, CMD680, etc?) for testing
On 4 Aug 2003, Arjan van de Ven wrote:

> > I was under the impression that silraid.c never worked at all (it
> > certainly didn't on my system), because the magic number it looks for is
> > incorrect (actually, part of the drive's serial number), and thus not
> > present on all systems with this RAID).
> well... that's a 1 line fix to silraid.c......

Not really, it needs to look up the PCI device ID of the card to do it (of
course still just a few lines).

But the reason for rewriting the driver was that I wanted to use the
specification as a guideline instead of the old implementation which was
really for a different RAID type (with the cutoff handling of the
differing disk sizes etc).

In hindsight, after the driver is "completed" at least for RAID0, I can
see that modifying the old driver could have been just as good (although
I'd still advocate renaming it), but now it is done like this and I think
the new driver is certainly a better starting point for Medley (e.g. if
one wanted to add support for the striped modes etc).

Keep in mind that I didn't know anyone had successfully used silraid.c
since on my system it a) looked in the wrong place for the superblock and
b) looked for a wrong magic number, and I didn't get any response when I
provided you with a lot of details about this.

The detection of the arrays is certainly safer, and the make request
routine is improved in my driver so bottom line I thik it's a better
driver and will also provide a better starting point for adding stuff like
RAID1 and RAID0+1 support (although one could argue that the whole ataraid
method should be regarded as a temporary solution and there would be ways
to integrate support for these software RAIDs better in the future).


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