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SubjectRe: CD writing in future Linux (stirring up a hornets' nest)
On Friday 10 February 2006 10:38, jerome lacoste wrote:
>On 2/10/06, Joerg Schilling <> wrote:
>> "D. Hazelton" <> wrote:
>> > And does cdrecord even need libscg anymore? From having actually
>> > gone through your code, Joerg, I can tell you that it does serve a
>> > larger purpose. But at this point I have to ask - besides cdrecord
>> > and a few other _COMPACT_ _DISC_ writing programs, does _ANYONE_
>> > use libscg? Is it ever used to access any other devices that are
>> > either SCSI or use a SCSI command protocol (like ATAPI)? My point
>> > there is that you have a wonderful library, but despite your
>> > wishes, there is no proof that it is ever used for anything except
>> > writing/ripping CD's.
>> Name a single program (not using libscg) that implements user space
>> SCSI and runs on as many platforms as cdrecord/libscg does.
>I have 2 technical questions, and I hope that you will take the time
>to answer them.
>1) extract from the README of the latest stable cdrtools package:
> Linux driver design oddities
> ****************************************** Although cdrecord supports
> to use dev=/dev/sgc, it is not recommended and it is unsupported.
> The /dev/sg* device mapping in Linux is not stable! Using
> dev=/dev/sgc in a shell script may fail after a reboot because the
> device you want to talk to has moved to /dev/sgd. For the proper and
> OS independent dev=<bus>,<tgt>,<lun> syntax read the man page of
> cdrecord.
>My understanding of that is you say to not use dev=/dev/sgc because it
>isn't stable. Now that you've said that bus,tgt,lun is not stable on
>Linux (because of a "Linux bug") why is the b,t,l scheme preferred
>over the /dev/sg* one ?
>2) design question:
>- cdrecord scans then maps the device to the b,t,l scheme.
>- the libsg uses the b,t,l ids in its interface to perform the
> operations
>So now, if cdrecord could have a new option called -scanbusmap that
>displays the mapping it performs in a way that people can parse the
>output, I think that will solve most issues.
>cdrecord already has this information available, it just doesn't
> display it:
>$ cdrecord debug=2 dev=ATAPI -scanbus 2>&1 | grep INFO
>INFO: /dev/hdc, (host0/bus1/target0/lun0) will be mapped on the
>schilly bus No 0 (0,0,0)
>INFO: /dev/hdd, (host0/bus1/target1/lun0) will be mapped on the
>schilly bus No 0 (0,1,0)

And here I'd call the -scanbus output broken, extremely so, and in a
manner that makes all of your arguments rather specious. I've tried to
stay the hell out of this thread because its clearly a pissing match
between some with excessive ego's, but this example requires an answer.

[root@coyote]# cdrecord debug=2 dev=ATAPI -scanbus 2>&1 | grep INFO
INFO: /dev/hdd, (host0/bus1/target1/lun0) will be mapped on the schilly
bus No 0 (0,1,0)
INFO: /dev/hdc, (host0/bus1/target0/lun0) will be mapped on the schilly
bus No 0 (0,0,0)
INFO: /dev/hda, (host0/bus0/target0/lun0) will be mapped on the schilly
bus No 1 (1,0,0)

The above make very little sense, and argues against Jorg's assertions
that his way is the 'correct' way.

Since when in the hello is /dev/hda NOT the first device in this
so-called mapping scheme?

This is clearly broken, but I have no trouble at all burning whatever I
want to burn when using /deb/hdc at the target in k3b.

True, cdrecord does place that target at 0,0,0 but that has to be
because of some mechanation in the cdrecord code to defeat what really
should be common sense that says /dev/hdc SHOULD be 1,0,0 as its the
first device found on the 2nd buss(or cable as some would call it).

Now, take this next as a users statement, not from the point of a coder
although I have written some in past decades when the machinery was a
little simpler. Now I'm just an old codger user at 71.

So how Jorg, can you justify your reticence to make use of a system that
linux has, and which clearly works now since very close to the 2.6
kernel series transition? Your constant harping on how solaris does it
is as distastefull as some winderz dweeb coming in here to try and
evangelize windows use. This IS linux, and our numbers probably exceed
solaris users by a factor of at least 10. We're here, and unless a
buss hits Linus and no similar minded person is named as his successor,
get over it. You are drasticly outnumbered.

We just want it to work and we don't care about your mostly FUD, often
silly, usually specious/empty arguments because no facts are ever
stated more than once over a given 5 year period. We are all in your
view expected to have photographic memory. Not guilty here, we do have
other concerns in life.

>It could perform in the following way:
>$ cdrecord dev=ATAPI -scanbusmap
>0,0,0 <= /dev/hdc
>0,1,0 <= /dev/hdd
>Are you accepting such a patch?

Cheers, Gene
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