[T10] Question on wording of sanitize operation behiavior

Curtis Stevens curtis.stevens at wdc.com
Fri Sep 8 10:35:27 PDT 2017

Gerry, My opinion is that Sanitize is actually suspended during a power cycle.  Sanitize does not resume after just a power on.  Sanitize has to be started, the device powered off, and then resume at power-on.  So, I suspended during a power cycle conveys the full event.

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From: t10-bounces at t10.org [mailto:t10-bounces at t10.org] On Behalf Of Gerry Houlder
Sent: Friday, September 8, 2017 8:38 AM
To: T10 Reflector <t10 at t10.org>
Subject: [T10] Question on wording of sanitize operation behiavior

 A question has come up about the rule for resuming sanitize operation after a power on. This is text from SBC-4 clause 4.11:

While performing a sanitize operation, the device server shall:
   c) suspend the sanitize operation while processing the following conditions (see SAM-5):
      A) a power on;
      B) a hard reset;
      C) a logical unit reset; or
      D) a power loss expected;
   d) not suspend the sanitize operation while processing an I_T nexus loss;
   e) resume performing the sanitize operation after processing:
      A) a logical unit reset; or
      B) a power loss expected condition in which no power loss occurs within constraints defined by the applicable SCSI transport protocol standard (e.g., power loss timeout in SPL-3);
First question: Item c) in cludes "power on" as something that cuases sanitize to be suspended, but it seems unreasonable that a sanitize could be in process while power is off. Should this be replaced with "unexpected power loss"?.

Second question: Item e) lists the two items after which sanitize is resumed. Shouldn't this include "power on" as an event to resume from? I think it is too subtle for everyone to understand that a power on always generates a logical unit reset as part of the power on event. Note that we have separate Unit Attention events for "power on reset occurred", "SCSI bus reset occurred", and "bus device reset function occurred". A casual reader could presume that only when "bus device reset function occurred" is reported that the sanitize operation should resume, but this is not what we have intended during our T10 committee discussions.
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