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Bug 84591 - 3w-xxxx aic7xxx st - SCSI tape dysfunctional when RAID disk mounted from 3Ware 7500-4
Summary: 3w-xxxx aic7xxx st - SCSI tape dysfunctional when RAID disk mounted from 3War...
Alias: None
Product: Red Hat Linux
Classification: Retired
Component: kernel
Version: 8.0
Hardware: i686
OS: Linux
Target Milestone: ---
Assignee: Arjan van de Ven
QA Contact: Brian Brock
Depends On:
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Reported: 2003-02-19 10:53 UTC by James Bevan
Modified: 2007-04-18 16:51 UTC (History)
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Doc Type: Bug Fix
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Last Closed: 2004-09-30 15:40:33 UTC

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Description James Bevan 2003-02-19 10:53:24 UTC
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Description of problem:
System is a PII-400 Asus P2B-S 440BX board with onboard aic7890 SCSI controller.
 Single device on the bus is an HP C1537A DAT tape drive.

Primarily have successfully been using Arkeia ( for backup
on this combination for 2+ years.

Have installed 3Ware 7500-4 IDE RAID controller.  Tape works fine with 3w-xxxx
module loaded.

However - upon mounting one of the RAID volumes (eg /dev/sda), Arkeia claims it
is unable to open /dev/st0. Target Settings in /proc/scsi/aic7xxx indicate
Commands are Queueing & not being executed.

Some 'mt' commands return "I/O" error, such as fsf, eom, etc.  Others such as
rewoffl, erase, work.  Meanwhile 'tar cf /dev/st0 <some-dir>' works correctly.

Unloading & reloading the aic7xxx module makes no difference. Have tried
disabling tagged command queuing to the drive.

The order in which 3w-xxxx and aic7xxx are loaded makes no difference.

Have tried different DAT tapes and tape types.

Haven't tested unmounting the IDE RAID volume as this is now my boot/root disk.

Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):
kernel 2.4.18-24.8.0

How reproducible:

Steps to Reproduce:
1. load modules aic7xxx & 3w-xxxx & st
2. mount /dev/sda as presented by 3ware IDE RAID
3. attempt backup with arkeia, alternatively attempt some normal 'mt' operations

Actual Results:  Arkeia claims it is unable to open /dev/st0;  'mt' fails with
I/O error

Expected Results:  Arkeia opens & writes normally to tape;  'mt' opens tape
device & performs normal operations successfully

Additional info:

3ware Storage Controller device driver for Linux v1.02.00.025.
PCI: Found IRQ 12 for device 00:09.0
PCI: Sharing IRQ 12 with 00:04.2
PCI: Sharing IRQ 12 with 00:06.0
3w-xxxx: PCI Parity Error: clearing.
scsi0 : Found a 3ware Storage Controller at 0xa800, IRQ: 12, P-chip: 1.3
scsi0 : 3ware Storage Controller
  Vendor: 3ware     Model: 3w-xxxx           Rev: 1.0
  Type:   Direct-Access                      ANSI SCSI revision: 00
Attached scsi disk sda at scsi0, channel 0, id 0, lun 0
SCSI device sda: 156299440 512-byte hdwr sectors (80025 MB)
Partition check:
 sda: sda1 sda2 sda3 sda4 < sda5 sda6 >

PCI: Enabling device 00:06.0 (0016 -> 0017)
PCI: Found IRQ 12 for device 00:06.0
PCI: Sharing IRQ 12 with 00:04.2
PCI: Sharing IRQ 12 with 00:09.0
scsi1 : Adaptec AIC7XXX EISA/VLB/PCI SCSI HBA DRIVER, Rev 6.2.8
        <Adaptec aic7890/91 Ultra2 SCSI adapter>
        aic7890/91: Ultra2 Wide Channel A, SCSI Id=7, 32/253 SCBs

blk: queue dba95614, I/O limit 4095Mb (mask 0xffffffff)
  Vendor: HP        Model: C1537A            Rev: L708
  Type:   Sequential-Access                  ANSI SCSI revision: 02
blk: queue c0a91814, I/O limit 4095Mb (mask 0xffffffff)
st: Version 20020205, bufsize 32768, wrt 30720, max init. bufs 4, s/g segs 16
Attached scsi tape st0 at scsi1, channel 0, id 5, lun 0
(scsi1:A:5): 10.000MB/s transfers (10.000MHz, offset 32)
st0: Block limits 1 - 16777215 bytes.

[root@cabrio boot]# mt -f /dev/st0 status
SCSI 2 tape drive:
File number=0, block number=0, partition=0.
Tape block size 0 bytes. Density code 0x25 (DDS-3).
Soft error count since last status=0
General status bits on (41010000):

NB.  Same behaviour noted on RH7.1 kernel 2.4.18-24.7.x - the machine was at
this revision when the 3ware card arrived.

Comment 1 acount closed by user 2003-03-01 04:20:02 UTC
I don't know why, but there are lot of problems with backups in linux.
take a look :

Comment 2 acount closed by user 2003-03-22 05:42:01 UTC
makisara has put the solution for the EOF bug at:

Comment 3 Bugzilla owner 2004-09-30 15:40:33 UTC
Thanks for the bug report. However, Red Hat no longer maintains this version of
the product. Please upgrade to the latest version and open a new bug if the problem

The Fedora Legacy project ( maintains some older releases, 
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