Re: [Re: Linux 2.6.26-rc2] Write protect on on

From: Alan Stern
Date: Mon May 19 2008 - 11:18:49 EST

On Sun, 18 May 2008, Boaz Harrosh wrote:

> Do you mean this diff below:
> @@ -796,133 +789,133 @@ kernel: usb-storage: *** thread awakened
> kernel: usb-storage: Command MODE_SENSE (6 bytes)
> kernel: usb-storage: 1a 00 3f 00 c0 00
> kernel: usb-storage: Bulk Command S 0x43425355 T 0x4 L 192 F 128 Trg 0 LUN 0 CL 6
> kernel: usb-storage: usb_stor_bulk_transfer_buf: xfer 31 bytes
> kernel: usb-storage: Status code 0; transferred 31/31
> kernel: usb-storage: -- transfer complete
> kernel: usb-storage: Bulk command transfer result=0
> kernel: usb-storage: usb_stor_bulk_transfer_sglist: xfer 192 bytes, 1 entries
> kernel: usb-storage: Status code -32; transferred 0/192
> kernel: usb-storage: clearing endpoint halt for pipe 0xc0008480
> kernel: usb-storage: usb_stor_control_msg: rq=01 rqtype=02 value=0000 index=81 len=0
> kernel: usb-storage: usb_stor_clear_halt: result = 0
> kernel: usb-storage: Bulk data transfer result 0x2
> kernel: usb-storage: Attempting to get CSW...
> kernel: usb-storage: usb_stor_bulk_transfer_buf: xfer 13 bytes
> kernel: usb-storage: Status code 0; transferred 13/13
> kernel: usb-storage: -- transfer complete
> kernel: usb-storage: Bulk status result = 0
> kernel: usb-storage: Bulk Status S 0x53425355 T 0x4 R 192 Stat 0x0
> kernel: usb-storage: scsi cmd done, result=0x0
> kernel: usb-storage: *** thread sleeping.
> -kernel: sd 2:0:0:0: [sda] Write Protect is off
> -kernel: sd 2:0:0:0: [sda] Mode Sense: 00 00 00 00
> +kernel: sd 2:0:0:0: [sda] Write Protect is on
> +kernel: sd 2:0:0:0: [sda] Mode Sense: 09 50 f8 af
> kernel: sd 2:0:0:0: [sda] Assuming drive cache: write through
> kernel: usb-storage: queuecommand called
> ("+" is the new kernel and "-" the older one)

That's right.

> It looks like it used to be the same exact return and everything only that at
> old kernel the 4 bytes used to be zero and now they are not.
> So It looks to me that it never used to work (Data was never actually read
> from device) but by luck, the garbage data used to be a better default
> "Write Protect is off"

Yes, it never worked properly. But now it fails in a bad way whereas
before it failed in a benign way.

> I do not think it is legal in scsi to return "Nothing was read" with no
> error condition.

I'm not aware of any part of the spec where it says that. In any case
it doesn't matter what the spec says; we ought to be able to drive this
device even if it isn't compliant with the spec.

> You are probably right that we do not at all check resid
> if status is 0, even though short reads are allowed with out error status
> in some cases, as per command. But this is not the case here here nothing
> was read at all, status must be returned. Or even worse if this command
> is mandatory by scsi but not supported by some USB devices then it will
> have to be emulated by usb_storage.

The real question is how should we fix the problem. For the sake of
argument, let's say that we fix it by changing scsi_mode_sense() --
make the routine return 0 if the residue is so large that there isn't
even a valid header.

But how can this be done? Should we modify struct scsi_sense_hdr, by
adding a "residue" field?

Alan Stern

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