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User-Agent: Mozilla/4.76 [en] (X11; U; Linux 2.2.17-14 i686)
Description of problem:
In rare cases, the kernel assigns conflicting SCSI bus numbers,
causing SCSI devices not to be accessible. It took me a while
but now I have a scenario that reproduces it every time
I use an ATAPI CD (using ide-scsi) and a USB storage device
(using usb-storage) but I belive this is repeatable with other
scsi drivers as well.
Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):
Steps to Reproduce:
1. Restart computer with USB storade device unplugged (or turned off).
2. Load the ide-scsi driver. (/sbin/modprobe ide-scsi).
3. Unload the ide-scsi driver. (/sbin/rmmod ide-scsi).
4. Plug-in (or turn on) the USB storage device. /sbin/hotplug will
load the usb-storage.
5. Reload the ide-scsi again.
6. The cdrom is not accessible neither via the scd or the sg drivers.
Actual Results: Both the usb-storage and the ide-scsi devices were
assigned scsi bus numbers 0. As a result, only the first one is accessible.
Expected Results: Each driver should have it's own bus number. Both
when their drivers are loaded.
It looks like the scsi system tries to perserve the bus numbers
even when drivers are unloaded/reloaded. That's why the
ide-scsi driver is getting scsi number 0 again when it's reloaded.
Right behaviour would probablybe to preserve bus 0 and use
the next free number (1) for usb-storage.
I could also create the opposite scenario (so the usb-storage
became unaccessible) so I guess the problem is not just in these
drivers but common to all scsi buss drivers (I mean scsi card and
Created attachment 36821 [details]
Here's a transcript of the scenario that repeats the problem.
If the scsi numbers are host/bus/id/lun then the conflicting numbers are for
host, not bus as I wrote in the original report.
"Maxtor 9 Model: 1728D8" Is a 17GB IDE disk, connected via a USB-IDE adaptor.
It would be nice if the USB SCSI devices (which are removable) were always
assigned later numbers than the permanent devices. This way the permanent
devices have a consistent assignment from boot-to-boot.
Actually RedHat pre-loads drivers for scsi cards, assigning the
low host numbers. Scsi card drivers are not unloaded unless
you explicitely 'rmmod' them.
My problem was with 'temporary' hosts. I modprome ide-scsi
and sg to use with xcdroast and rmmod them after I finish
with xcdroast. usb-storage is loded by hotplug when the
device is plugged.
After more testing I found that the devices are useful
(can be mounted etc) despite the host number conflict
but they are not accessible thru sg (so I could not use
xcdroast when that happenned.
I'm taking this over also to the Linux kernel mailing list.
I've got some fixes in this area lined up for 2.4.9-18 or later,
when that becomes available. Currently they are available in
RawHide 2.4.16-0.13, so I would appreciate testing, if possible.
In parallel, I'll work on reproducing it with 2.4.9-13.
Created attachment 59924 [details]
Itai did the work and went to linux-kernel with the fix,
so I figured something was wrong with the way I tried to
reproduce it. I found that to reproduce the problem is enough
to do "echo /bin/true > /proc/sys/kernel/hotplug".
With that, either of two scenarios he mentioned work: