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scsiinfo(8)                  Scsiinfo User's Guide                 scsiinfo(8)

       scsiinfo - query information from a scsi device

       scsiinfo [-options...] [device]

       scsiinfo  queries information from an scsi target. This means generally
       using the INQUIRY scsi command or reading out SCSI-II mode  pages  (the
       number of the mode pages and corresponding sections of the SCSI-II sec-
       tions is given below). It allows also to modify some of these  settings
       on the scsi device (if it supports it).

       Except  for  the  -v  and  -l options you must specify exactly one scsi
       device to work on. You may specify any linux scsi  device  disk,  tape,
       cdrom, generic scsi.

       Some  scsi  devices (typically non removable disks) will allow to store
       your modifications in some non volatile memory. Some of these  settings
       (for  example  those dealing with the layout of logical blocks and sec-
       tors set aside as replacements for erroneous blocks) might  render  the
       disk unusable until a low level format.

   Information available from most SCSI devices (includes SCSI-I)
       -i     display all information from the INQUIRY scsi command.

       -s     displays the unit serial number using the INQUIRY scsi command.

       -d     display  factory  and  grown  defect  lists (typically for disks

              It is currently only possible to return defect information up to
              4096 bytes. Longer defect lists are truncated. See the BUGS sec-

       -f arg specify the format in which to return  the  defect  information.
              The  target  may  decide to fail reporting defect information in
              unsupported formats or decide to return data in a different for-
              mat.  scsiinfo supports all SCSI-II specified defect formats:

                     logical  blocks. Use of this format is discouraged as the
                     assignment of logical blocks varies according  to  format
                     parameters  and  status  of  the defect list, hence is no
                     unique specification of defects.

                     physical blocks. Return defect as cylinder, head,  physi-
                     cal sector triples.

                     defect  bytes  from  index.   Return  defect as cylinder,
                     head, byte offset from index. The SCSI-II standard is not
                     very clear on this to me. It is unclear to me if there is
                     a single bad byte, this offset away from the  index  hole
                     on  the disk (this is only figuratively, there won't be a
                     hole as used to be on 5 1/4" floppy  disks),  or  if  all
                     bytes  from  the index to this position are considered to
                     be bad.

   SCSI-II mode pages
       -C     displays information from Control Mode Page.  (Page 0Ah, section

       -D     displays information from Disconnect-Reconnect Page.  (Page 02h,

       -p     displays information from Peripheral Device  Page.   (Page  09h,

       -c     displays  information  from  Caching  Page.   (Page 08h, section

       -f     displays information from Format Device Page.  (Page  03h,  sec-

       -n     displays  information from Notch and Partition Page.  (Page 0Ch,

              A huge scsi disk might be divided into  several  notches.  These
              are  regions  of  logical  blocks or cylinders on the disk. Each
              such notch might have different values for the other mode pages.

              Typically a modern disk will have several notches and have  more
              sectors  per  track  on the inner tracks/notches on the disk and
              more sectors per track on the outer (longer) tracks for  optimal
              capacity.  Also different amounts of reserved backup sectors may
              be available in the notches depending on their capacity.

       -e     displays information from Error Recovery page.  (Page 01h,  sec-

       -g     displays information from Rigid Disk Drive Geometry Page.  (Page
              04h, section

       -V     displays information from Verify  Error  Recovery  Page.   (Page
              07h, section

   Select mode page set
       By  default  the current settings are queried from the devices. You can
       however specify one of these:

       -M     displays manufacturer defaults instead of current values.

       -S     displays defaults saved in NVRAM instead of current values.

       -m     displays modifiable fields instead of current values  (All  bits
              set in modifiable fields).

       -v     Show scsiinfo version.

       -a     All of the above (expect listing defects).

       -l     List scsi devices known to the system.

       -L     List  mode  pages  pages  supported by this scsiinfo version and
              target (notched pages and active notch are also returned).

       -X     displays output suitable for the X-based interface.  Instead  of
              nice explanations, just the bare values are written to stdout.

       -R     Replace parameters. Use with -X and specify the values to set on
              the command line in the order and format as -X  uses  to  report
              them.  (Expert  use  only,  definitely  use the Tcl/Tk interface

              Use this in conjunction with -S to modify the NVRAM settings.

       -X and -R can be used only with one of the display page options.

       -m and -M cannot be used with -R.

       You may use -M, -S with -L though it will make no difference. As a spe-
       cial  goodie when using -LXR then a /bin/sh script is written to stdout
       that will restore the current settings of the target when executed. You
       can use one of -M, -S with -LXR to save the corresponding values.

       Restrictions  of  the  SCSI_IOCTL_SEND_COMMAND  ioctl(2)  call  make it
       impossible to send or receive more than 4096 bytes of  arguments.  This
       could  be  avoided  by  using  the  proper generic scsi device /dev/sg*
       instead, at least where the kernel is compiled to support it.  Most  of
       the  time  this  is not needed though and thus I'm myself to lazy to do
       it. It will basically just truncate the vendor specified primary defect
       lists. Thus I'm too lazy to fix it.


       scsi-config(8), scsiformat(8), tk_scsiformat(8), fdisk(8), sd(4),

       Draft proposed
       American National Standard
       for information systems


       MARCH 9, 1990

       Eric Youngdale.
       Michael Weller <eowmobATexp-math.de>, Versions 1.5 & 1.7

scsiinfo 1.7                    23 August 1997                     scsiinfo(8)