Re: [PATCH 03/11] libata: Send internal commands through the block layer

From: John Garry
Date: Thu Apr 07 2022 - 10:32:35 EST

On 22/03/2022 11:20, Christoph Hellwig wrote:
On Tue, Mar 22, 2022 at 06:39:37PM +0800, John Garry wrote:
When SCSI HBA device drivers are required to process an ATA internal
command they still need a tag for the IO. This often requires the driver
to set aside a set of tags for these sorts of IOs and manage the tags

If we associate a SCSI command (and request) with an ATA internal command
then the tag is already provided, so introduce the change to send ATA
internal commands through the block layer with a set of custom blk-mq ops.

note: I think that the timeout handling needs to be fixed up.

Hi Christoph,

Any reason to not just send them through an ATA_16 passthrough CDB and
just use all the normal SCSI command handling?

I had a go at implementing this but I have come up against a few issues:

- ATA_16 handling translates the passthrough CDB to a ATA TF. However ata_exec_internal_sg() is passed a TF already. So what to do? Change the callers to generate a ATA_16 CDB? I guess not. Otherwise we could put the already-generated TF in the SCSI cmd CDB somehow and use directly.

- We may have no SCSI device (yet) for the target when issuing an internal command, but only the ATA port+dev. So need a method to pass these pointers to ATA_16 handling

- we would need to change ata_scsi_translate(), ata_scsi_pass_thru() and other friends to deal with ATA_TAG_INTERNAL and its peculiarities - today it just deals with regular qc's.

It still does seem a reasonable idea to use ATA_16, but it looks like significant modifications would be required....