Re: [PATCH] EDD: Check for correct EDD 3.0 length

From: Gleb Natapov
Date: Tue May 15 2012 - 10:36:52 EST

On Tue, May 15, 2012 at 03:00:15PM +0100, Alan Cox wrote:
> > T13 EDD4.0 actually supply enough information to link edd entry to actual
> > device (another spec does not), I do not see support for other spec to
> > be important, but you are welcome to write support for it if you need
> > it. The only way I see to check what spec edd info corresponds to is to
> > calculate checksum according to both specs and see which one succeeds.
> I also think you are confused on this: EDD 3.0 provides enough
> information to link most types of hardware to the device. It provides the
> PCI or Legacy path to the interface and the device LUN, or for 1394 etc
> the WWID which can be used to cross match. It doesn't address port
> multipliers.
It is easy to be confused since there are two EDD 3 specs. First is from
Phoenix BIOS (linked at the first mail of the thread) and it does not have
enough info even for ATA. You can't tell primary ATA controller from secondary.
SCSI specify only LUN, not SCSI ID and so on. Second is from T3
and fixes all that but specify length of device path to be 44 bytes.

So let me correct myself. The code works for EDD3 spec from T13 and that
is what it claims in the file header.

> EDD 1.1 provides sufficient information for old systems too via the FDPT
> as they only have to deal with MFM/IDE/ATA controllers at the legacy
> mappings and these are described by the FDPT.
> Prior to that it gets a bit more interesting and you have to go poking in
> BIOS magic and have the required spellbooks to hand. However right back
> to the original 386 era PCs the data is available.
> Alan

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