Re: writing file to disk: not as easy as it looks

From: Alan Cox
Date: Wed Dec 03 2008 - 10:55:49 EST

> implemented in disk firmware. Write errors are reported for disk
> connection problems, not media problems.

Media errors are reported for writes when the drive knows there are
problems. That may be deferred to the cache flush afterwards but the
information is still generated and shipped back to us - eventually.

> For connection problems, another solution may be to retry writes
> indefinitely until the admin aborts it or reconnects the disk. But I don't
> know how common these recoverable disk connection errors are.

CRC errors, lost IRQs and the like are retried by the midlayer and
drivers and the error handling strategies will also try things like
reducing link speeds on repeated CRC errors.

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