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authorLee Duncan <lduncan@suse.com>2012-03-01 12:41:01 -0800
committerJames Bottomley <JBottomley@Parallels.com>2012-03-27 08:26:34 +0100
commitc743e44fbb1f8668941e83de07662b1ecd33d083 (patch)
treec0a5eacf103f566942b8e8e7c222b3fa588657a4 /Documentation/scsi
parent3194eef325c126d1f3bfa28317e2acd78292250d (diff)
[SCSI] st: expand ability to write immediate filemarks
The st tape driver recently added the MTWEOFI ioctl, which writes a tape filemark (EOF), like the MTWEOF ioctl, except that MTWEOFI returns immediately. This makes certain applications, like backup software, run much more quickly on buffered tape drives. Since legacy applications do not know about this new MTWEOFI ioctl, this patch adds a new ioctl option that tells the st driver to return immediately when writing an EOF (i.e. a filemark). This new flag is much like the existing flag that tells the st driver to perform writes (and certain other IOs) immediately, but this new flag only applies to writing EOFs. This new feature is controlled via the MTSETDRVBUFFER ioctl, using the newly-defined MT_ST_NOWAIT_EOF flag. Use of this new feature is displayed via the sysfs tape "options" attribute. The st documentation was updated to mention this new flag, as well as the problems that can occur from using it. Signed-off-by: Lee Duncan <lduncan@suse.com> Acked-by: Kai Makisara <kai.makisara@kolumbus.fi> Signed-off-by: James Bottomley <JBottomley@Parallels.com>
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diff --git a/Documentation/scsi/st.txt b/Documentation/scsi/st.txt
index 691ca292c24d..685bf3582abe 100644
--- a/Documentation/scsi/st.txt
+++ b/Documentation/scsi/st.txt
@@ -390,6 +390,10 @@ MTSETDRVBUFFER
MT_ST_SYSV sets the SYSV semantics (mode)
MT_ST_NOWAIT enables immediate mode (i.e., don't wait for
the command to finish) for some commands (e.g., rewind)
+ MT_ST_NOWAIT_EOF enables immediate filemark mode (i.e. when
+ writing a filemark, don't wait for it to complete). Please
+ see the BASICS note about MTWEOFI with respect to the
+ possible dangers of writing immediate filemarks.
MT_ST_SILI enables setting the SILI bit in SCSI commands when
reading in variable block mode to enhance performance when
reading blocks shorter than the byte count; set this only

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