Re: SCSI Tape corruption - update

From: Gérard Roudier (
Date: Fri Jul 27 2001 - 15:41:31 EST

On Fri, 27 Jul 2001, Geert Uytterhoeven wrote:

> On Fri, 20 Jul 2001, Gérard Roudier wrote:
> > On Fri, 20 Jul 2001, Geert Uytterhoeven wrote:
> > > The problem is indeed introduced by the changes to the Sym53c8xx in 2.2.18-pre1.
> > > I managed to find some intermediate versions in the 2.3.x series, and here are the
> > > results:
> > > - sym53c8xx-1.3g (from BK linuxppc_2_2): OK
> > > - sym53c8xx-1.5e: crash in SCSI interrupt during driver init
> > > - sym53c8xx-1.5f: lock up during driver init
> > > - sym53c8xx-1.5g: random 32-byte error bursts when writing to tape
> >
> > That's an interesting result. But 1.5g - 1.3g diffs are probably very
> > large. Patches available from should allow to resurrect
> > driver versions 1.4, 1.5, 1.5a, 1.5b, 1.5c, 1.5d.
> >
> >
> >
> > You may, for example, apply incremental patches that address kernel 2.2.5
> > to a fresh kernel 2.2.5 tree and extract driver files accordingly.
> Thanks!
> With some small modifications, I made 1.5a to work fine. No error burst. So the
> problem is introduced between 1.5a and 1.5g.

Fine! But diffs between 1.5a and 1.5g are still large. :(
Results with 1.5c would have divided the diffs by about 2. :(

> Unfortunately my DDS-1 drive seems to have died for real after this test :-(
> I don't know yet whether I will replace it with a new tape drive or with a
> CD-RW. Which means I may never find out which change caused the problem...

I expect the problem to pong again to me. For now, I plan to look into the
1.5g-1.5a source diffs and inspect each change. But as I will be in
vacation for the next two weeks, I will not be able to work on this
problem immediately.

> I assume other people suffer from the same error burst problem, but they never
> notice until they really want to restore data. Me myself only notived it by
> accident, too.

Thanks for your testings and results.


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