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       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 sections 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 sectors 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 only).

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

       -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  format.   scsiinfo  supports  all  SCSI-II specified defect

                     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, physical 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, section

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

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

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

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

              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, section

       -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

       -v     Show scsiinfo version.

       -vv    Dump sense buffer in case of error.

       -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 scsi-config(8)tomodifysettings.)

              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 special 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 <>, Versions 1.5 & 1.7