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Bug in SCSI ioctl? (Was: OT - Journaling File Systems?)

I am still trying to switch off the write cache on the serial ATA drives.  I
first tried removing the scsi check from hdparms to allow the -W flag to be
passed to a scsi device.  I got a "Invalid Argument" error back from it.

I then tried the sg_utils and I couldn't get them to work either (I can't
remember now how they failed).

So finally I took some code from both the hdparm and sg_utils and made the
following little program (note I left out the #includes):

	int main()
	  int fd;
	  int result;
	  unsigned char args[4] = {WIN_SETFEATURES,0,0x82,0};

	  fd = open("/dev/sda", O_RDONLY|O_NONBLOCK);
	  if (fd < 0) {

	  result = ioctl(fd, SCSI_IOCTL_SEND_COMMAND, &args);

	  if (result) {
	    perror(" SCSI_IOCTL_SEND_COMMAND(setcache) failed");
	  else {


	  return result;

When I run it I get the same result as with hdparms: "Invalid Argument".  So
I started digging further into the problem and I have found where it fails
and gets rejected.  It's in the /usr/src/linux/drivers/block/scsi_ioctl.c
file.  In the scsi_cmd_ioctl routine, in the SCSI_IOCTL_SEND_COMMAND case it
casts the arguments to (Scsi_Ioctl_Command *) and passes it to the
sg_scsi_ioctl routine (which is also in the same scsi_ioctl.c file). 

One of the first things that sg_scsi_ioctl does is read the inlen and outlen
from the Scsi_Ioctl_Command structure and verifies they are smaller than the
page size.  It appears to me that the arguments are not a Scsi_Ioctl_Command
structure.  I printk'ed out the inlen and outlen that is read and they are 8
and 5 some odd megabytes.  So then I did a copy_from_user and printed the
arguments and they are the original args that I passed in: { EF, 00, 82, 00,
... }.  My guess is that casting those arguments to Scsi_Ioctl_Command is
wrong.  But then I could be completely wrong, I don't have the big picture.

I know this is all off topic for this list, but I don't know how to proceed
from here.  Since I don't understand what all should be happening in the
code, I don't know if I should start stirring around trying to get it to
work?  Is there a kernel list that I should post to?


-----Original Message-----
From: fedora-test-list-bounces redhat com
[mailto:fedora-test-list-bounces redhat com]On Behalf Of Alan Cox
Sent: Tuesday, April 27, 2004 3:05 PM
To: For testers of Fedora Core development releases
Subject: Re: OT - Journaling File Systems?

On Tue, Apr 27, 2004 at 03:50:28PM -0500, Edwards, Scott (MED, Kelly IT
Resouces) wrote:
> Unfortunately the drive I have right now is a Serial ATA so FC2
> treats it as a SCSI drive and hdparm won't let me change the
> write cache.  I'm trying to dig up a regular IDE drive to test
> it on.  Is there any way to change it on a SCSI drive?

Some of the scsi generic tools using /dev/sg can set the mode page
bits that control caching. Nothing Fedora ships however. Also some scsi
controllers can set it at bios time.

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