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       sg_stream_ctl - send SCSI STREAM CONTROL or GET STREAM STATUS command


       sg_stream_ctl  [--brief]  [--close] [--ctl=CTL] [--get] [--help] [--id=SID] [--maxlen=LEN]
       [--open] [--readonly] [--verbose] [--version] DEVICE


       Sends a SCSI STREAM CONTROL or GET STREAM STATUS command to the DEVICE.   These  commands,
       together with WRITE STREAM(16 and 32) and several fields in the Block Limits Extension VPD
       page [0xb7] support the streams concept.  The stream commands were added in SBC-4 draft  8
       (September 2015).

       Both  STREAM  CONTROL and GET STREAM STATUS commands expect data from the DEVICE (referred
       to as 'data-in'). In the case of STREAM CONTROL only the 'open'  (STR_CTL<--0x1)  actually
       needs  the data-in as it contains the "Assigned stream id" if the open was successful. The
       assigned stream id should be used by subsequent WRITE STREAM commands  and  ultimately  by
       the  STREAM  CONTROL  close  (STR_CTL<--0x2).  Valid  stream  ids  are between 1 and 65535


       Arguments to long options are mandatory for short options as well.

       -b, --brief
              this option reduces the output of the GET STREAM STATUS command to just one  number
              (in  decimal)  per line sent to stdout. Those numbers are the currently open stream
              ids. If an error occurs then -1 is sent to stdout and error  related  messages  are
              sent to stderr. The default is to print more words (and fields) from the GET STREAM
              STATUS response.

       -c, --close
              selects the STREAM CONTROL command and  sets  STR_CTL<--0x2  (i.e.  'close').   The
              --id=SID  option should also be given because it defaults to 0 which is not a valid
              stream id.

       -C, --ctl=CTL
              CTL is the value placed in the STR_CTL field of the STREAM CONTROL  command  (cdb).
              It  is  a  two  bit  field so has 4 variants: 0 and 3 are reserved; 1 opens are new
              stream and 2 closes the given stream id. '--ctl=1' is equivalent to '--open'  while
              '--ctl=2' is equivalent to '--close'.

       -g, --get
              selects the GET STREAM STATUS command. If the --id=SID option is also given the the
              response starts lists open stream ids from  and  including  SID.  If  the  --id=SID
              option  is  not given (or SID is 0) then all open stream id will be returned in the
              response (data-in) as long as the allocation length (defaults to  248  bytes  which
              can  be  overridden by the --maxlen=LEN option) is long enough. This is the default
              action of this utility (i.e. GET STREAM STATUS command) if no  "selecting"  options
              are given.

       -h, --help
              output the usage message then exit.

       -i, --id=SID
              SID  is  a  stream  id,  a  value between 1 and 65535. It is used by STREAM CONTROL
              (close) to identify the stream to close. It  is  used  by  the  GET  STREAM  STATUS
              command as the starting stream id (from and including); so stream ids that are less
              than SID will not appear in the response.

       -m, --maxlen=LEN
              LEN is the maximum length the response can be. It  becomes  the  ALLOCATION  LENGTH
              field  in both commands. The default (in the absence of this option) is 8 bytes for
              STREAM CONTROL and 248 bytes for GET STREAM STATUS.

       -o, --open
              selects the STREAM CONTROL command and sets STR_CTL<--0x1 (i.e.  'open').   If  the
              --id=SID  option  is given then it is ignored. The user should observe the response
              as the "Assigned stream id" is printed on stdout if the open is successful, if  not
              '-1' is sent to stdout and error messages are sent to stderr. If the --brief option
              is also given then the only thing sent to stdout is a number of the assigned stream
              id (1 to 65535 inclusive) or '-1' if there is an error.

       -r, --readonly
              this  option sets a 'read-only' flag when the underlying operating system opens the
              given DEVICE. This may not work since operating systems can  not  easily  determine
              whether  a  pass-through  command is a logical read or write operation on the media
              (or its metadata) so they take a risk averse stance  and  require  read-write  type
              permissions   on  the  DEVICE  open  irrespective  of  what  is  performed  by  the

       -v, --verbose
              increase the level of verbosity, (i.e. debug output).

       -V, --version
              print the version string and then exit.


       There are no special read commands for streams. This implies that "normal" READs  (6,  10,
       12,  16  or  32)  can be used. Note that when a stream is closed, all resources associated
       with that stream id are removed, apart from the data in the written LBAs. To make sure the
       reading  back  data  is  not  delayed too much by error recovery (in the presence of media
       errors) the user may set the RECOVERY TIME LIMIT field (RTL, units  for  non-zero  values:
       milliseconds)  in  the  'Read-write  error  recovery' mode page. This can be done with the
       sdparm utility.

       The SCSI WRITE STREAM (16 and 32) commands can be found in the sg_write_x utility in  this


       The  exit  status  of  sg_stream_ctl  is  0  when  it  is  successful.  Otherwise  see the
       sg3_utils(8) man page.


       Written by Douglas Gilbert.


       Report bugs to <dgilbert at interlog dot com>.


       Copyright © 2018 Douglas Gilbert
       This software is distributed under a FreeBSD license. There is NO warranty; not  even  for


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