[PATCH 3.10 063/129] libata: disable a disk via libata.force params

From: Greg Kroah-Hartman
Date: Mon Jan 06 2014 - 17:41:14 EST

3.10-stable review patch. If anyone has any objections, please let me know.


From: "Robin H. Johnson" <robbat2@xxxxxxxxxx>

commit b8bd6dc36186fe99afa7b73e9e2d9a98ad5c4865 upstream.

A user on StackExchange had a failing SSD that's soldered directly
onto the motherboard of his system. The BIOS does not give any option
to disable it at all, so he can't just hide it from the OS via the

The old IDE layer had hdX=noprobe override for situations like this,
but that was never ported to the libata layer.

This patch implements a disable flag for libata.force.

Example use:


[v2 of the patch, removed the nodisable flag per Tejun Heo]

Signed-off-by: Robin H. Johnson <robbat2@xxxxxxxxxx>
Signed-off-by: Tejun Heo <tj@xxxxxxxxxx>
Link: http://unix.stackexchange.com/questions/102648/how-to-tell-linux-kernel-3-0-to-completely-ignore-a-failing-disk
Link: http://askubuntu.com/questions/352836/how-can-i-tell-linux-kernel-to-completely-ignore-a-disk-as-if-it-was-not-even-co
Link: http://superuser.com/questions/599333/how-to-disable-kernel-probing-for-drive
Signed-off-by: Greg Kroah-Hartman <gregkh@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>

Documentation/kernel-parameters.txt | 2 ++
drivers/ata/libata-core.c | 1 +
2 files changed, 3 insertions(+)

--- a/Documentation/kernel-parameters.txt
+++ b/Documentation/kernel-parameters.txt
@@ -1458,6 +1458,8 @@ bytes respectively. Such letter suffixes

* atapi_dmadir: Enable ATAPI DMADIR bridge support

+ * disable: Disable this device.
If there are multiple matching configurations changing
the same attribute, the last one is used.

--- a/drivers/ata/libata-core.c
+++ b/drivers/ata/libata-core.c
@@ -6507,6 +6507,7 @@ static int __init ata_parse_force_one(ch
{ "norst", .lflags = ATA_LFLAG_NO_HRST | ATA_LFLAG_NO_SRST },
{ "rstonce", .lflags = ATA_LFLAG_RST_ONCE },
{ "atapi_dmadir", .horkage_on = ATA_HORKAGE_ATAPI_DMADIR },
+ { "disable", .horkage_on = ATA_HORKAGE_DISABLE },
char *start = *cur, *p = *cur;
char *id, *val, *endp;

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