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       sg_vpd - fetches Vital Product Data (VPD) pages using a SCSI INQUIRY command


       sg_vpd  [--enumerate]  [--help]  [--hex]  [--ident]  [--long]  [--maxlen=LEN]  [--page=PG]
       [--quiet] [--raw] [--verbose] [--version] DEVICE


       This utility fetches a Vital Product Data page and decodes  it  or  outputs  it  in  ASCII
       hexadecimal or binary. VPD pages are fetched with a SCSI INQUIRY command.

       Probably  the  most  important  page  is  the Device Identification VPD page (page number:
       0x83). Since SPC-3, support for this page has been flagged as mandatory. This page can  be
       fetched by using the --ident option.

       When  no  options are given, other than a DEVICE, then the "Supported VPD pages" (0x0) VPD
       page is fetched and decoded.


       Arguments to long options are mandatory for  short  options  as  well.   The  options  are
       arranged in alphabetical order based on the long option name.

       -e, --enumerate
              list  the  names  of the known VPD pages, first the standard pages, then the vendor
              specific pages. Each group is sorted in abbreviation order. The  DEVICE  and  other
              options are ignored and this utility exits after listing the VPD page names.

       -h, --help
              outputs  the  usage  message  summarizing command line options then exits.  Ignores
              DEVICE if given.

       -H, --hex
              outputs the requested VPD page in ASCII hexadecimal. Can be  used  multiple  times,
              see section on the ATA information vpd page.

       -i, --ident
              decode  the  device  identification (0x83) VPD page. When used once this option has
              the same effect as '--page=di'. When use twice then the short form  of  the  device
              identification  VPD  page's  logical unit designator is decoded. In the latter case
              this option has the same effect as '--quiet --page=di_lu'.

       -l, --long
              when decoding some VPD pages, give a  little  more  output.  For  example  the  ATA
              Information  VPD  page  only shows the signature (in hex) and the IDENTIFY (PACKET)
              DEVICE (in hex) when this option is given.

       -m, --maxlen=LEN
              where LEN is the (maximum) response length in bytes. It  is  placed  in  the  cdb's
              "allocation  length"  field.  If not given (or LEN is zero) then 252 is used (apart
              from the ATA Information VPD page which defaults  to  572)  and,  if  the  response
              indicates this value is insufficient, another INQUIRY command is sent with a larger
              value in the cdb's "allocation length" field.  If this option is given and  LEN  is
              greater  than  0  then  only one INQUIRY command is sent. Since many simple devices
              implement the INQUIRY command badly (and do not support VPD pages) then the  safest
              value to use for LEN is 36. See the sg_inq man page for the more information.

       -p, --page=PG
              where  PG is the VPD page to be decoded or output. The PG argument can either be an
              abbreviation, a number or a pair or numbers separated by  a  comma.  The  VPD  page
              abbreviations  can be seen by using the --enumerate option. If a number is given it
              is assumed to be decimal unless it has a hexadecimal indicator which  is  either  a
              leading  '0x'  or a trailing 'h'. If one number is given then it is assumed to be a
              VPD page number. If two numbers are given the second number indicates which  vendor
              specific  VPD  page to decode when several pages share the same VPD page number. If
              this option is not given (nor '-i', '-l' nor '-V') then the "Supported  VPD  pages"
              (0x0)  VPD  page  is fetched and decoded. If PG is '-1' or 'sinq' then the standard
              INQUIRY response is output.

       -q, --quiet
              suppress the amount of decoding output.

       -r, --raw
              output requested VPD page in binary. The output  should  be  piped  to  a  file  or
              another  utility when this option is used. The binary is sent to stdout, and errors
              are sent to stderr.

       -v, --verbose
              increases the level or verbosity.

       -V, --version
              print out version string then exit.


       This VPD page (0x89 or 'ai') is defined by  the  SCSI  to  ATA  Translation  standard.  It
       contains  information  about  the  SAT  layer,  the  "signature" of the ATA device and the
       response to the ATA IDENTIFY (PACKET) DEVICE command. The latter part  has  512  bytes  of
       identity, capability and settings data which the hdparm utility is capable of decoding (so
       this utility doesn't decode it).

       To unclutter the output for this page, the signature  and  the  IDENTIFY  (PACKET)  DEVICE
       response  are  not output unless the --long option (or --hex or --raw) are given. When the
       --long option is given the IDENTIFY (PACKET) DEVICE response is output  as  256  (16  bit)
       words as is the fashion for ATA devices. To see that response as a string of bytes use the
       '-HH' option. To format the output suitable for hdparm to decode use either the '-HHH'  or
       '-rr'  option.  For  example  if  'dev/sdb'  is  a  SATA disk behind a SAT layer then this
       command: 'sg_vpd -p ai -HHH /dev/sdb | hdparm --Istdin' should  decode  the  ATA  IDENTIFY
       (PACKET) DEVICE response.


       Since  some  VPD pages (e.g. the Extended INQUIRY page) depend on settings in the standard
       INQUIRY response, then the standard INQUIRY response is output as a pseudo VPD  page  when
       PG  is  set to '-1' or 'sinq'. Also the decoding of some fields (e.g. the Extended INQUIRY
       page's SPT field) is expanded when the '--long' option is given using the standard INQUIRY
       response information (e.g. the PDT and the PROTECT fields).

       In  the  2.4 series of Linux kernels the DEVICE must be a SCSI generic (sg) device. In the
       2.6 series block devices (e.g. disks and ATAPI DVDs) can also be  specified.  For  example
       "sg_inq  /dev/sda"  will  work  in the 2.6 series kernels. From lk 2.6.6 other SCSI "char"
       device names may be used as well (e.g. "/dev/st0m").


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


       The  examples  in  this  page  use  Linux device names. For suitable device names in other
       supported Operating Systems see the sg3_utils(8) man page.

       To see the VPD pages that a device  supports,  use  with  no  options.  The  command  line
       invocation is shown first followed by a typical response:

          # sg_vpd /dev/sdb
       Supported VPD pages VPD page:
         Supported VPD pages [sv]
         Unit serial number [sn]
         Device identification [di]
         Extended inquiry data [ei]
         Block limits (SBC) [bl]

       To  see  the  VPD  page  numbers associated with each supported page then add the '--long'
       option to the above command line. To view a VPD page either its number or abbreviation can
       be  given  to  the  '--page='  option. The page name abbreviations are shown within square
       brackets above. In the next example the Extended inquiry data VPD page is listed:

          # sg_vpd --page=ei /dev/sdb
       extended INQUIRY data VPD page:
         WU_SUP=0 CRD_SUP=0 NV_SUP=0 V_SUP=0
         P_I_I_SUP=0 LUICLR=0 R_SUP=0 CBCS=0
         Multi I_T nexus microcode download=0
         Extended self-test completion minutes=0
         POA_SUP=0 HRA_SUP=0 VSA_SUP=0

       Further examples can be found on the web page.


       Written by Doug Gilbert


       Report bugs to <dgilbert at interlog dot com>.


       Copyright © 2006-2011 Douglas Gilbert
       This software is distributed under a FreeBSD license. There is NO warranty; not  even  for


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