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SubjectRe: [Patch] SCSI: Retrieve Cache Mode Using SG_ATA_16 if normal routine fails
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On Tue, 2011-10-11 at 13:56 +0530, Amit Sahrawat wrote:
> SCSI: Retrieve Cache Mode Using SG_ATA_16 if normal routine fails
>
> It has been observed that a number of USB HDD's do not respond correctly
> to SCSI mode sense command(retrieve caching pages) which results in their
> Write Cache being discarded by queue requests i.e., WCE if left set to
> '0'(disabled). So, in order to identify the devices correctly - give it
> a last try using SG_ATA_16 after failure from normal routine.

This is a non-starter, as I've said before. Apart from the layering
violation of trying to make sd ATA aware, ATA_16 is known to crash some
USB devices (the bug reports are mostly about smartctl which can be made
to use ATA_16 failing).

The correct way to implement this is to have a user visible WCE variable
that can be written to in the scsi_disk class sysfs files so the user
can alter the caching type on the fly.

James




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