Re: Accessing the same disk via multiple channels

From: Patrick Mansfield (
Date: Fri Feb 14 2003 - 13:17:44 EST

On Fri, Feb 14, 2003 at 05:27:22PM +0100, Lars Marowsky-Bree wrote:

> Indeed. Yes, we'll need to figure out how to do this for 2.5/2.6; maybe
> porting forward the md m-p patch to 2.5 is indeed the best choice. It should
> be way easier, as md has been greatly cleaned up...

> However, past discussions on LKML regarding "How to do m-p cleanly in 2.5"
> have never reached a conclusion ;-) We'll see. The good thing about the SCSI
> m-p is that it can also handle multipathed tape drives...

I thought the general consensus was it is OK for now (as a first go) to
have scsi only multi-path, I have not heard anyone say don't do scsi
multi-path. And then later (maybe after we have more than one subsystem
supporting multi-path IO) we can add general multi-path support into the
layers above scsi.

In any case, md or volume manager based multi-path solutions are good

I have recently ported the scsi multi-path patch to 2.5.59, but haven't
posted patches.

The current multi-path patch still needs at least two major changes in
scsi: error recovery (scsi_error.c) that allows other paths to be used
without long delays, and a per-device queue_lock versus the current
per-host queue_lock.

Hopefully we can get underlying changes for those last two into 2.5 (and
maybe someday the multi-path patch), as they are improvements to scsi with
or without multi-path.

-- Patrick Mansfield
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