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Re: [dm-devel] SCSI's heuristics for enabling WRITE SAME still need work [was: dm mpath: disable WRITE SAME if it fails]

>>>>> "Bernd" == Bernd Schubert <bernd schubert fastmail fm> writes:


Bernd> Both types of systems we have in-house neither block limits vpd
Bernd> nor READ_CAP16 return anything that would indicate discard is
Bernd> supported. But UNMAP and WRITE SAME unmap(*) just work fine.

I have a collection of different SSDs in a tray connected to an LSI
SAS2008 ASIC. The 510 is the only drive that does not have LBPME=1.
Chances are it's because DRAT and RZAT are not set but it could also be
that the 510 is blacklisted.

Bernd> I certainly don't want to cause any more write-same trouble, but
Bernd> as all layers initially have to assume write same is supported
Bernd> anyway and need to dynamically disable it if it fails, can't we
Bernd> also enable discard by default with WRITE SAME16 unmap?  

No thanks :)

But you can force discards on by doing a:

 # echo -n unmap > /sys/class/scsi_disk/x:y:z:n/provisioning_mode


 # echo -n writesame_16 > /sys/class/scsi_disk/x:y:z:n/provisioning_mode

Create a udev rule if you like.

In any case I wouldn't recommend using TRIM on that drive...

Bernd> PS: LSI SATL with FWv17 seems to have an unmap bug - I cannot
Bernd> unmap the last sector:

Yes, it appears there's an off-by-one bug in the UNMAP translation.
Sumit, is this something you guys can look into?

Martin K. Petersen	Oracle Linux Engineering

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