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SubjectRe: ide-tape broken (was Re: [PATCH] use ide-identify.h, fix endian bug)
On Thu, 7 Aug 2003 22:51:31 +0200 (MET DST), Bartlomiej Zolnierkiewicz wrote:
>On Thu, 7 Aug 2003 wrote:
>> Given ide-identify.h, we can simplify ide-floppy.c and ide-tape.c a lot.
>> In fact ide-tape.c was broken on big-endian machines.
>> (Unfortunately much more is broken that was fixed here,
>> ide-tape.c is not in a good shape today.)
>ide-tape is broken because nobody cares, so I don't care too
>(was broken even before). It needs rewrite and testing.
>So once again if anybody cares and has hardware to test,
>please contact me and I will try fix it.
>Until then I don't touch it et all and consider it obsoleted.

I used to use the ide-tape driver for my Seagate STT8000A,
but its prolonged brokenness in 2.5 (caused initially by the
bio changes) made me switch to ide-scsi + st instead since
that at least _works_.

I can test updates as they hit Linus 2.6-releases, but frankly
I'd rather use ide-scsi+st or a new clean ATAPI tape driver
than ide-tape.c. (I've studied ide-tape.c. It reeks of poor
coding style, kludges for Onstream, and an over-engineered
buffering scheme. And it's known to have problems with DMA.)

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