Re: [RFC][PATCH] libata: enable SATA disk fua detection on default

From: Robert Hancock
Date: Wed May 09 2012 - 01:38:34 EST

On 05/07/2012 09:24 PM, Zheng Liu wrote:
From: Zheng Liu<wenqing.lz@xxxxxxxxxx>

Currently, SATA disk fua detection is disabled on default because most of
devices don't support this feature at that time. With the development of
technology, more and more SATA disks support this feature. So now we can enable
this detection on default.

Although fua detection is defined as a kernel module parameter, it is too hard
to set its value because it must be loaded and set before system starts up.
That needs to modify initrd file. So it is inconvenient for administrator who
needs to manage a huge number of servers.

CC: Jeff Garzik<jeff@xxxxxxxxxx>
Signed-off-by: Zheng Liu<wenqing.lz@xxxxxxxxxx>
drivers/ata/libata-core.c | 4 ++--
1 files changed, 2 insertions(+), 2 deletions(-)

diff --git a/drivers/ata/libata-core.c b/drivers/ata/libata-core.c
index 23763a1..3627251 100644
--- a/drivers/ata/libata-core.c
+++ b/drivers/ata/libata-core.c
@@ -133,9 +133,9 @@ int atapi_passthru16 = 1;
module_param(atapi_passthru16, int, 0444);
MODULE_PARM_DESC(atapi_passthru16, "Enable ATA_16 passthru for ATAPI devices (0=off, 1=on [default])");

-int libata_fua = 0;
+int libata_fua = 1;
module_param_named(fua, libata_fua, int, 0444);
-MODULE_PARM_DESC(fua, "FUA support (0=off [default], 1=on)");
+MODULE_PARM_DESC(fua, "FUA support (0=off, 1=on [default])");

static int ata_ignore_hpa;
module_param_named(ignore_hpa, ata_ignore_hpa, int, 0644);

I don't see that this is very likely to cause issues, but the FUA implementation also seems a bit incomplete. FUA will only get enabled if the drive claims support for the FUA-specific commands like WRITE_DMA_FUA_EXT. But theoretically any drive that supports NCQ should be able to do FUA since there's a FUA bit provided in those commands. Of course this makes things a bit more complicated (for example, if NCQ gets disabled by user request or due to too many errors, and the drive doesn't support the separate FUA commands, then FUA needs to be disabled too.)
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