Re: advansys 3.2M vs. 3.3A driver

From: Bob Frey (
Date: Fri Aug 04 2000 - 03:31:16 EST

On Thu, Aug 03, 2000 at 10:31:58PM -0400, Douglas Gilbert wrote:
> Conrad wrote:
> > I note that the 2.4 series kernels have version 3.2M of
> > the Advansys scsi driver included in the source tree.
> >
> > The latest driver available on the Advansys (now
> > site is 3.3A.
> >
> > Is the newer 3.3A driver known to be unstable or
> > hazardous in some way? If not, should it be included
> > in the 2.4 release?

There were two releases 3.2N and 3.3A which never got into the
Linux kernel. I did submit 3.3A, but it got dropped.

The important changes from 3.3M to 3.3A are use of the "new" SCSI
error handling, improved locking (use a driver lock instead of
io_request_lock), and adding support for the new U3W adapter. 3.3A
can be gotten from:
I tested this version on a number of UP and DP systems in v2.3.9X
kernels. I had some problems with (I think) the new SCSI error
handling so I didn't submit it at the time.

There is also a 3.3B in which Jerry Quinn <>
added PowerPC support (in addition to x86 and alpha). I will check
with Jerry to get the latest version, test it in the lastest kernel,
and if the error handling problems are gone submit it.

Please send any follow-up to linux-scsi; I only read the kernel traffic
summaries of linux-kernel.

Bob Frey

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