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SubjectRe: [PATCH] ata: Add support for Long Logical Sectors and Long Physical Sectors
On Wed, Aug 06, 2008 at 10:06:47AM +0100, Alan Cox wrote:
> > I'm not sure that's necessary. The spec says to check whether words are
> > valid by doing the & 0xc000 == 0x4000 test.
>
> What early spec says what state word 106 is in ? Healthy paranoia is a
> good idea in the IDE world because its all a bit murky in the early days
> and you get some quite strange ident data from early devices - one reason
> for 0xC000 = 0x4000 is that some early drives use 0xFFFF for unknown words
> for example!

ATA-1 says that word 106 is reserved (and further that reserved means
the drive shall return 0). I don't have a spec earlier than that.

I suspect the ATA spec writers are assuming that no drive puts random
bits there. all-0 and all-1 make sense, but alternating 0 and 1 are
unlikely. At least, it's good enough for us for checking words 48, 76, 78,
83, 84 and 87, so I'm not sure why 106 would be different.

> > good migration path? We could have the driver set a flag, or call into
> > the driver from the midlayer to check whether it can cope with a
> > particular sector size.
>
> On the driver side I need to know so I can control the FIFO so I guess
> knowing when you start/end planning to use large sector sizes. The driver
> could do it per command but the cost is almost certainly not worth it as
> I'd expect us to stick to a size. A driver method would do the trick
> nicely if it could return -EOPNOTSUPP or similar.

Obviously it is going to change per command -- because different
commands have different sizes. I was thinking that we could call the
driver to see if it can handle a particular sector size right after we
get the IDENTIFY data.

Something like this, perhaps:

diff --git a/drivers/ata/ata_ram.c b/drivers/ata/ata_ram.c
index 7479b69..7c30e97 100644
--- a/drivers/ata/ata_ram.c
+++ b/drivers/ata/ata_ram.c
@@ -595,11 +595,17 @@ static bool ata_ram_qc_fill_rtf(struct ata_queued_cmd *qc)
return true;
}

+static bool ata_ram_sector_size_supported(struct ata_device *dev)
+{
+ return 1;
+}
+
static struct ata_port_operations ata_ram_port_ops = {
.qc_fill_rtf = ata_ram_qc_fill_rtf,
.qc_prep = ata_ram_qc_prep,
.qc_issue = ata_ram_qc_issue,
.error_handler = ata_ram_error_handler,
+ .sector_size_supported = ata_ram_sector_size_supported,
};

static struct scsi_host_template ata_ram_template = {
diff --git a/drivers/ata/libata-core.c b/drivers/ata/libata-core.c
index 8f38d0c..28f16fb 100644
--- a/drivers/ata/libata-core.c
+++ b/drivers/ata/libata-core.c
@@ -2236,6 +2236,20 @@ static void ata_dev_config_ncq(struct ata_device *dev,
snprintf(desc, desc_sz, "NCQ (depth %d/%d)", hdepth, ddepth);
}

+static int ata_check_sect_size(struct ata_device *dev)
+{
+ /* Every device can handle 512 byte sectors */
+ if (dev->sect_size == 512)
+ return 0;
+ /* Linux doesn't handle sectors larger than 4GB. This may be a
+ * problem around 2050 or so. Deal with it then. */
+ if (dev->sect_size > 0xffffffffULL)
+ return -EINVAL;
+ if (!dev->link->ap->ops->sector_size_supported)
+ return -EINVAL;
+ return dev->link->ap->ops->sector_size_supported(dev) ? 0 : -EINVAL;
+}
+
/**
* ata_dev_configure - Configure the specified ATA/ATAPI device
* @dev: Target device to configure
@@ -2356,10 +2370,10 @@ int ata_dev_configure(struct ata_device *dev)

dev->n_sectors = ata_id_n_sectors(id);
dev->sect_size = ata_id_sect_size(id);
- if (dev->sect_size > 0xffffffffULL) {
- ata_dev_printk(dev, KERN_ERR, "sector size larger than "
- "4GB not supported.\n");
- rc = -EINVAL;
+ rc = ata_check_sect_size(dev);
+ if (rc) {
+ ata_dev_printk(dev, KERN_ERR, "sector size %lld not "
+ "supported.\n", dev->sect_size);
goto err_out_nosup;
}

diff --git a/include/linux/libata.h b/include/linux/libata.h
index fcf84d1..16a2132 100644
--- a/include/linux/libata.h
+++ b/include/linux/libata.h
@@ -754,6 +754,7 @@ struct ata_port_operations {
unsigned int (*read_id)(struct ata_device *dev, struct ata_taskfile *tf, u16 *id);

void (*dev_config)(struct ata_device *dev);
+ bool (*sector_size_supported)(struct ata_device *dev);

void (*freeze)(struct ata_port *ap);
void (*thaw)(struct ata_port *ap);
--
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