ada(4) and ahci(4) quirk printing

Alexander Motin mav at
Tue Apr 23 09:29:16 UTC 2013

On 23.04.2013 12:26, Jeremy Chadwick wrote:
> On Tue, Apr 23, 2013 at 10:44:57AM +0300, Alexander Motin wrote:
>> On 22.04.2013 08:14, Jeremy Chadwick wrote:
>>> I've written the following patches and done the following testing (see
>>> the results.*.txt files):
>>> Important: these are against stable/9 r249715.
>>> Folks are welcome to try these; I've tested about as best as I can.
>>> Questions/comments for Alexander and Kenneth:
>>> 1. I'm not sure if the location of where I added the printf() code is
>>> correct or not,
>> It seems fine for me.
>>> 2. Not sure if loader.conf(5) forced-quirks would show up here or not,
>> As I see, they will.
>>> 3. It would be nice to have the same for SCSI da(4).  I took a stab at
>>> this but the printing code I wrote never got called (or the quirks entry
>>> I added wasn't right, not sure which),
>>> 4. I strongly believe quirk printing should be shown *without* verbose
>>> booting.  I say this because I noticed some of the CAPAB printf()s only
>>> get shown if bootverbose is true.  In fact, it's what prompted me to
>>> open PR 178040 ("My Intel 320 and 510-series SSDs don't show 4K quirks,
>>> yet advertise 512 logical and physical in IDENTIFY?!  PR time!").
>> Let me disagree. bootverbose keeps dmesg readable for average user,
>> while quirks are specific driver workarounds and their names may
>> confuse more then really help. If every driver print its quirks,
>> dmesg would be two times bigger. There is bootverbose for it.
> I'm willing to bend on this assuming that userland has a way to display
> the quirks.  I've already had one user contact me off-list stating that
> displaying of quirks is useful to them, but *without* bootverbose
> (because bootverbose shows too much information for them to have to sift
> through).  And display of quirks (or in this case) was what prompted me
> to create PR 178040, since I had just *assumed* FreeBSD had 4K quirks in
> place for both models of SSDs.
> I think sysctl would be an ideal place for this.  Is it possible to
> export active device quirks to sysctl (say,
> read-only, and preferably as a string (same printf() style used)?  Or
> does that introduce complexities?
> If we can't reach an agreement, I'm happy to wrap the relevant bits with
> an "if (bootverbose)", but I really feel users should have some way to
> see this information outside of bootverbose.

Both da and ada drivers already have sysctl's. It should be trivial to 
add one more, especially if just numeric.

Alexander Motin

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