“Notice Data underrun” message appears when I use a Compaq 32-bit Fast SCSI-2 host adapter.

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Problem: “Notice Data underrun” message appears when I use a Compaq 32-bit Fast SCSI-2 host adapter.  I am using a Compaq 32-bit Fast SCSI-2 host adapter in my system, and whenever I use SCSI
peripherals such as tape drives, I see an error message similar to:

NOTICE: Data underrun ha=0 id=6 lun=0 cmd=3 len=32

This message appears especially frequently if I have installed ARCserve/Open and that product
starts a backup job or connects to the tape drive.

Solution:

In the Troubleshooting ARCserve/Open section of the SCO Server Enhancement Products Release
and Installation Notes booklet, there is an instruction to edit the file /etc/conf/pack.d/cha/space.c
and change the line:

cha_suppress_underrun = 0x00000000;

to: 

cha_suppress_underrun = -1;


but this does not solve the problem. The line containing cha_suppress_underrun does not look
like this. 

In earlier versions of the cha driver, shipped in versions of the Compaq EFS earlier than 5.10
(efs150), the cha_suppress_underrun flag field was a single integer. It represented only targets 0
to 7 on host adapters 0 to 3. This feature was not available on higher numbered host adapters. The
definition was enhanced when wide-SCSI, including support for targets 0 to 15, was added to the
cha driver. The cha_suppress_underrun flag field now looks like: 

int cha_suppress_underrun[] = {0,0,0,0,0,0,0,0};


Below is the relevant section of text from /etc/conf/pack.d/cha/space.c:


/* If necessary, SCSI bus underruns can be totally ignored for
particular SCSI devices. Normally this is not done to allow
detection of abnormal premature end of data on reads.
Each word in cha_suppress_underrun contains bits for one host
adapter.
The first word is for ha=0, etc. Each 1 bit suppresses
underrun reporting on all SCSI requests to one SCSI target ID.
The least significant bit is for SCSI ID 0 on this controller.
*/

int cha_suppress_underrun[] = {0,0,0,0,0,0,0,0};

 

Each integer in the cha_suppress_underrun array represents one host adapter:

int cha_suppress_underrun[] = {0,0,0,0,0,0,0,0};


Host adapter 0 (the first adapter) is represented by the first integer in the array (the leftmost), and
host adapter 7 (the eighth adapter) is represented by the last integer in the array (the rightmost).

Each integer in the array is made up of bits representing target IDs. Bit 0 (the least significant) is
for ID 0.

Therefore, if the SCSI tape is on ID 6 and connected to host adapter 0, the bits will be:

Bit 15 14 13 12 11 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1 0 -------------------------------------- 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 which is 40 hex.


and the array should be set to:

int cha_suppress_underrun[] = {0x40,0,0,0,0,0,0,0};

The kernel should then be relinked with /etc/conf/cf.d/link_unix and the system rebooted. 


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