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[dm-devel] Re: [PATCH 2/3] scsi: add scsi_device->alt_capacity



On Sun, 2009-05-10 at 01:09 +0900, Tejun Heo wrote:
> James Bottomley wrote:
> > This is done at slightly the wrong level.  Capacity is actually a
> > property of struct scsi_disk not struct scsi_device ... shouldn't
> > alt_capacity be at the same level?
> 
> Hmmm... I think that was my first try and then I moved it to sdev for
> some reason I can't rememer now.  I'll look into it again and try to
> move it into sdev.

Really one of the things I was wondering is why even scsi_disk ...
capacity is in there, but it's also in gendisk, so I've thought
(admittedly never translated it to action) that we could just remove the
duplication in scsi_disk.

This alt_capacity looks to be a pure ATA thing ... I can't find it in
the SCSI specs and there doesn't seem to be a SAT equivalent of the
commands.  Ideally, what should be happening is that the ata ULD would
issue the capacity commands and just set the block alt_capacity without
having to worry about transporting the value up and down the stack.
Matthew Wilcox thought we could begin an implementation of the ATA uld
using the ATA_16 command to transport it through SCSI ... this might
provide the good reason to begin that.

James



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