Re: Idle curiosity: Acting as a SCSI target

From: Oliver Xymoron (
Date: Wed Aug 07 2002 - 17:06:37 EST

On Wed, 7 Aug 2002, Eli Carter wrote:

> Based on a conversation I had recently, my curiosity got piqued...
> I'm not really sure how to query google on this, and didn't turn up what
> I was looking for because of that, so here's the random question:
> Is there a way to make a Linux machine with a scsi controller act like a
> scsi device (is the correct term 'target'?) (such as a disk) using a
> local block device as storage?

No, not in the stock kernel.

However, if you look up stuff having to do with IP over SCSI (old) or SCSI
over IP (new), you will find quite a number of the pieces needed for this.

> I'm not sure it would be of general use, but I can see uses in weird or
> remote prototyping situations...

You're not thinking hard enough. Try this: embedded Linux taking whatever
form or number of disks together with software RAID _and_ volume
management / snapshot capability and whatever other intelligence you want
and presenting it to hosts as an arbitrary number of generic SCSI / FC /
iSCSI disks.

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