Question on unmapping rules

James C Hatfield james.c.hatfield at
Wed Oct 20 16:00:02 PDT 2010

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Thinking of the SAT consequences..... (mapping MODE SELECT)...
- if you hide LBAs using SET MAX ADDRESS, the hidden data does not change.
When you later unhide it with SET MAX ADDRESS, the hidden data shall be
retained. That's the whole purpose behind the feature.
- if you hide LBAs using DCO SET, the standard is silent on whether or not
the hidden data is retained.
Thank You !!!
Jim Hatfield
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On Wed, Oct 20, 2010 at 4:07 PM, < at> wrote:
>  Hi Gerry,
> The no longer accessible LBAs are no longer visible through the SCSI
> interface (ok, that was obvious, bear with me ...).  Because those LBAs are
> not visible, their mapping (logical block provisioning) state
> (mapped/anchored/deallocated, unmapped = anchored OR deallocated) is also
> not visible.	For example, attempting to query the mapping state of the no
> longer accessible LBAs with the GET LBA STATUS command should result in
> is also the expected response to attempting I/O to those LBAs.
> As SCSI is an Interface standard and the no longer accessible LBAs are not
> visible through the Interface, the implementation should be free to do what
> it likes with resources that were used by those no longer accessible LBAs.
> Unfortunately, in looking at the GET LBA STATUS command, I see an LBA range
> check on the LBA in the CDB, but no clear instructions to the device server
> that LBA status is only to be returned for accessible LBAs.  That appears
> be an oversight - I think that it would be appropriate to add such
> instructions if that would help to resolve this confusion.
> If LBAs become inaccessible and their accessibility is subsequently
> restored, I believe that the "initial condition of every LBA" requirement
> language applies to the newly visible LBAs - those requirements are
> currently located in and in 10-233r6, and I would have no
> problem with a proposal to add language elsewhere to clarify the
> applicability of those requirements to this situation.
> Thanks,
> --David
> *From:* owner-t10 at [mailto:owner-t10 at] *On Behalf Of *Gerry
> Houlder
> *Sent:* Wednesday, October 20, 2010 2:23 PM
> *To:* T10 Reflector
> *Subject:* Question on unmapping rules
> Hi gang,
> A question has been posed about how to handle the mapped/ unmapped state of
> LBAs when the capacity of a drive is reduced (e.g., using MODE SELECT with
> block descriptor that reduces the maximum capacity). I can't find any words
> in SPC-4 or SBC-3 that explicitly address this case.
> If the no longer accessible LBAs (e.g., ones above the new max address but
> below the old max address) were mapped, should the remain mapped or are
> permitted to be unmapped? I think the handling is obvious if those LBAs
> already unmapped (they can remain unmapped) but the previously mapped case
> is not so obvious. Any opinions?
> Should there be a proposal to add this handling to SBC-3?

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