Re: [ 38/48] SCSI & usb-storage: add try_rc_10_first flag

From: James Bottomley
Date: Tue Jul 03 2012 - 02:18:50 EST

On Mon, 2012-07-02 at 18:41 -0600, Matthew Wilcox wrote:
> On Mon, Jul 02, 2012 at 03:23:18PM -0700, Linus Torvalds wrote:
> > > Martin Petersen did extensive testing of devices when we
> > > changed it and doing RC16 first is hedged around by claiming support not
> > > only for SCSI_3 but also for SBC_2 in your INQUIRY data.
> >
> > Umm. That just smells like BS to me.
> >
> > The "extensive testing" part was clearly not true, and it seems that
> > SCSI people sometimes forget that the biggest user (by *far*) is the
> > USB storage layer.
> As James said, *at the time*, USB overrode the SBC_2 claims from USB
> devices and forced them to be SCSI_2. So no amount of testing we did
> would have uncovered this.
> > Also, your protection claim seems to be invalidated by the actual
> > code. Yes, it checks if the device claims to support protection. But
> > it *also* says "let's do that 16b command if "scsi_level >
> > SCSI_SPC_2". So your claim that it hedges around it by looking at the
> > inquiry data is pure crap. It's simply not true. Just look at the
> > code:
> I wrote this code ... James' memory is off.

Yes, sorry about that ... should have looked in the git log instead of
going by memory at 01:00 after a long flight ...

> What happened is that T10
> in their infinite wisdom decided to put things like "supports TRIM" and
> "is actually a 4k block size but fakes 512 byte blocks" in the Read
> Capacity 16 results. So if we want to support those kinds of things
> (and I think we do), then we need to send Read Capacity 16 to devices.
> It's not about "enterprise features" at all, but about supporting the
> next generation of standard consumer drives. I'm tempted to say the
> USB Storage driver needs to go back to the way things were, because I
> don't see any other way to fix this.

But anyway, we're stuck ... we have to send RC16 first to support these
features. We did protest to T10 at the time, but to no avail.

> I have no idea what Windows is doing to support these features. That
> might be a fruitful course of investigation.

Hopefully one of the USB people can do this.

I still think a whitelist of USB devices sending proper SCSI level
information in the inquiry might be the best way forward.


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