Re: [PATCH] libata: handle IDE AMNF errors in the EH path

From: Alexey Asemov (Alex/AT)
Date: Mon Jul 14 2014 - 17:23:50 EST

Tejun Heo <tj@xxxxxxxxxx> wrote at Mon, 14 Jul 2014 20:10:10 +0400:

IIRC AMNF has been deprecated for a very long time now. The bit isn't
too likely to get reused given that major updates to ATA spec is
improbable but I'm still not quite fond of adding handling of a long
deprecated flag. Can you please provide a bit more detail? Which
device was it?

The hardware is: AMD 6550M-based notebook, WD7500BPVT 2.5" 750G SATA2 hard drive. PCI IDs for the controller are 1022:7801 subsys 1025:059d.

I was using linux-based machine to salvage data from failing hard drive, and found that pure AMNF 0x01 error code generates generic "device error" that is retried several times by SCSI stack instead of "media error" that is passed up to software. That slowed down salvaging a lot, so the patching was done and then everything went smooth.

So I presume AMNF error code is surely not dead yet, and it's better for it to be handled. It is used by modern enough devices, and used properly: drive returned AMNF only when IDs for track cannot be read completely due to dying head or positioning, otherwise it returned UNC(orrectables). Also, there is handling code in libata-scsi.c for 0x01 AMNF error already. Not handling it causes excessive retries that can damage failing drivers further, and wrong generic error code ("device error") reporting.
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