Re: [PATCH RESEND 0/3] scsi: fix internal write cache issue on usbhdd.

From: James Bottomley
Date: Tue Jul 17 2012 - 03:26:29 EST

On Mon, 2012-07-16 at 16:48 -0700, Greg KH wrote:
> On Sat, Jul 07, 2012 at 11:04:45PM -0400, Namjae Jeon wrote:
> > From: Namjae Jeon <namjae.jeon@xxxxxxxxxxx>
> >
> > The numbers of USB HDDs(All USB HDD I checked) does not respond
> > correctly to scsi mode sense command for retrieving the write cache
> > page status. Even though write cache is enabled by default, due to
> > scsi driver assume that cache is not enabled which in turn might lead
> > to loss of data since data still will be in cache.
> > This result that all filesystems is not stable on USB HDD when the
> > device is unplugged abruptly, even though these are having journaling
> > feature. Our first trying is that scsi driver send ATA command
> > (ATA Pass through, #85) to USB HDD after failure from normal routine to
> > know write cache enable.
> > We have known it is dangerous after testing several USB HDD. some of
> > HDD is stalled by this command(A-DATA HDD). So we tried to make the
> > patch James Bottomley's suggestion(usb quirk) on version 2 that add
> > product ID and verdor ID of USB HDD to USB quirk list after checking
> > write cache.
> > All filesystem will be stable on USB HDD registered in quirk list.
> > And it will be updated continuously.
> Now applied to the usb-next branch.

It's been in scsi#misc for ten days with no problems. Lets leave it
there rather than create merge and rebase issues.



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