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       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  com­

       -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  report­
              ing  defect  information  in unsupported formats or
              decide to return data in a different format.  scsi­
              info supports all SCSI-II specified defect formats:

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


   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,

       -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

       -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-con­

              Use this in conjunction with -S to modify the NVRAM

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

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

       You may use -M, -S with -L though it will make no  differ­
       ence.  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),
       Michael  Weller  <eowmob@exp-math.uni-essen.de>,  Versions
       1.5 & 1.7

scsiinfo 1.7              23 August 1997              scsiinfo(8)



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