SG_SAT_PHY_EVENT(8) SG3_UTILS SG_SAT_PHY_EVENT(8)
sg_sat_phy_event - Sends an ATA READ LOG EXT command via a SAT pass through to fetch log
page 11h which contains SATA phy event counters
sg_sat_phy_event [--ck_cond] [--extend] [--help] [--hex] [--ignore] [--len=16|12] [--raw]
[--reset] --verbose] [--version] DEVICE
This utility sends an ATA READ LOG EXT with the log page ("address") set to 11h to DEVICE
and outputs the response. Log page 11h is defined in the SATA 2.5 standard and contains
phy event counters. Rather than send this command directly to the DEVICE, are sent via a
SCSI transport which is assumed to contain a SCSI to ATA Translation (SAT) Layer (SATL).
The SAT standard (SAT ANSI INCITS 431-2007, prior draft: sat-r09.pdf at www.t10.org)
defines two SCSI "ATA PASS-THROUGH" commands: one using a 16 byte "cdb" and the other with
a 12 byte cdb. This utility defaults to using the 16 byte cdb variant.
The SATL may be in an operating system driver, in host bus adapter firmware or in some
Arguments to long options are mandatory for short options as well.
sets the CK_COND bit in the ATA PASS-THROUGH SCSI cdb. The default setting is clear
(i.e. 0). When set the SATL should yield a sense buffer containing a ATA Result
descriptor irrespective of whether the command succeeded or failed. When clear the
SATL should only yield a sense buffer containing a ATA Result descriptor if the
sets the EXTEND bit in the ATA PASS-THROUGH SCSI cdb. The default setting is clear
(i.e. 0). When set a 48 bit LBA command is sent to the device. This option has no
effect when --len=12.
outputs the usage message summarizing command line options then exits. Ignores
DEVICE if given.
outputs the ATA READ LOG EXT response in hex. The default action (i.e. without any
'-H' options) is to output the response in hex, grouped in 16 bit words (i.e. the
ATA standard's preference). When given once, the response is output in ASCII hex
bytes (i.e. the SCSI standard's preference). When given twice (i.e. '-HH') the out-
put is in hex, grouped in 16 bit words, the same as the default but without a
usually the phy counter identifier names are decoded. When this option is given,
the numeric value of the identifier is output, the vendor flag, the data length (in
bytes) and the corresponding value.
-l, --len=16 | 12
this is the length of the SCSI cdb used for the ATA PASS-THROUGH commands. The
argument can either be 16 or 12. The default is 16. The larger cdb size is needed
for 48 bit LBA addressing of ATA devices. On the other hand some SCSI transports
cannot convey SCSI commands longer than 12 bytes.
output the ATA READ LOG EXT response in binary. The output should be piped to a
file or another utility when this option is used. The binary is sent to stdout,
and errors are sent to stderr.
reset the counters after the current values are returned, decoded and displayed.
increases the level or verbosity.
print out version string
The SCSI ATA PASS-THROUGH (12) command's opcode is 0xa1 and it clashes with the MMC set's
BLANK command used by cd/dvd writers. So a SATL in front of an ATAPI device that uses MMC
(i.e. has peripheral device type 5) probably should treat opcode 0xa1 as a BLANK command
and send it through to the cd/dvd drive. The ATA PASS-THROUGH (16) command's opcode (0x85)
does not clash with anything so it is a better choice.
In the 2.4 series of Linux kernels the DEVICE must be a SCSI generic (sg) device. In the
2.6 series block devices (e.g. disks and ATAPI DVDs) can also be specified. For example
"sg_inq /dev/sda" will work in the 2.6 series kernels. From lk 2.6.6 other SCSI "char"
device names may be used as well (e.g. "/dev/st0m").
The exit status of sg_sat_identify is 0 when it is successful. Otherwise see the
sg3_utils(8) man page.
Written by Doug Gilbert
Report bugs to <dgilbert at interlog dot com>.
Copyright (C) 2006-2007 Douglas Gilbert
This software is distributed under a FreeBSD license. There is NO warranty; not even for
MERCHANTABILITY or FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE.
sg_sat_identify(sg3_utils), smp_rep_phy_err_log(smp_utils), sdparm(sdparm), hdparm(hdparm)
sg3_utils-1.26 December 2007 SG_SAT_PHY_EVENT(8)