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mly - Mylex AcceleRAID/eXtremeRAID family driver


Controller initialisation phase
Driver initialisation/shutdown phase
Operational diagnostics


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The mly driver provides support for Mylex AcceleRAID and eXtremeRAID-family PCI to SCSI RAID controllers with version 6.00 and later firmware.

Logical devices (array drives) attached to the controller are presented to the SCSI subsystem as though they were direct-access devices on a virtual SCSI bus. Physical devices which are not claimed by a logical device are presented on SCSI channels which match the physical channels on the controller.


Controllers supported by the mly driver include:

  • Mylex AcceleRAID 160
  • Mylex AcceleRAID 170
  • Mylex AcceleRAID 352
  • Mylex eXtremeRAID 2000
  • Mylex eXtremeRAID 3000

Compatible Mylex controllers not listed should work, but have not been verified.


Controller initialisation phase

"mly%d: controller initialisation started"
"mly%d: initialisation complete"

The controller firmware has started initialisation. Normally this process is performed by the controller BIOS, but the driver may need to do this in cases where the BIOS has failed, or is not compatible (e.g. on non-x86 systems).

"mly%d: drive spinup in progress"

Drive startup is in progress; this may take several minutes.

"mly%d: mirror race recovery failed, one or more drives offline"
"mly%d: mirror race recovery in progress"
"mly%d: mirror race recovery on a critical drive"

These error codes are undocumented.


Firmware detected a fatal memory error; the driver will not attempt to attach to this controller.

"mly%d: unknown initialisation code %x"

An unknown error occurred during initialisation; it will be ignored.

Driver initialisation/shutdown phase

"mly%d: can’t enable busmaster feature"
"mly%d: memory window not available"
"mly%d: can’t allocate register window"
"mly%d: can’t allocate interrupt"
"mly%d: can’t set up interrupt"

The system’s PCI BIOS has not correctly configured the controller’s PCI interface; initialisation has failed and the driver will not attach to this controller.

"mly%d: can’t allocate parent DMA tag"
"mly%d: can’t allocate buffer DMA tag"
"mly%d: can’t allocate command packet DMA tag"
"mly%d: can’t allocate scatter/gather DMA tag"
"mly%d: can’t allocate s/g table"
"mly%d: can’t allocate memory mailbox DMA tag"
"mly%d: can’t allocate memory mailbox"

A resource allocation error occurred while initialising the driver; initialisation has failed and the driver will not attach to this controller.

"mly%d: BTL rescan result corrupted"

The results of a scan for an attached device were corrupted. One or more devices may not be correctly reported.

"mly%d: flushing cache..."

The controller cache is being flushed prior to detach or shutdown.

Operational diagnostics

"mly%d: physical device %d:%d online"
"mly%d: physical device %d:%d standby"
"mly%d: physical device %d:%d automatic rebuild started"
"mly%d: physical device %d:%d manual rebuild started"
"mly%d: physical device %d:%d rebuild completed"
"mly%d: physical device %d:%d rebuild cancelled"
"mly%d: physical device %d:%d rebuild failed for unknown reasons"
"mly%d: physical device %d:%d rebuild failed due to new physical device"
"mly%d: physical device %d:%d rebuild failed due to logical drive failure"
"mly%d: physical device %d:%d found"
"mly%d: physical device %d:%d gone"
"mly%d: physical device %d:%d unconfigured"
"mly%d: physical device %d:%d expand capacity started"
"mly%d: physical device %d:%d expand capacity completed"
"mly%d: physical device %d:%d expand capacity failed"
"mly%d: physical device %d:%d parity error"
"mly%d: physical device %d:%d soft error"
"mly%d: physical device %d:%d miscellaneous error"
"mly%d: physical device %d:%d reset"
"mly%d: physical device %d:%d active spare found"
"mly%d: physical device %d:%d warm spare found"
"mly%d: physical device %d:%d initialization started"
"mly%d: physical device %d:%d initialization completed"
"mly%d: physical device %d:%d initialization failed"
"mly%d: physical device %d:%d initialization cancelled"
"mly%d: physical device %d:%d write recovery failed"
"mly%d: physical device %d:%d scsi bus reset failed"
"mly%d: physical device %d:%d double check condition"
"mly%d: physical device %d:%d device cannot be accessed"
"mly%d: physical device %d:%d gross error on scsi processor"
"mly%d: physical device %d:%d bad tag from device"
"mly%d: physical device %d:%d command timeout"
"mly%d: physical device %d:%d system reset"
"mly%d: physical device %d:%d busy status or parity error"
"mly%d: physical device %d:%d host set device to failed state"
"mly%d: physical device %d:%d selection timeout"
"mly%d: physical device %d:%d scsi bus phase error"
"mly%d: physical device %d:%d device returned unknown status"
"mly%d: physical device %d:%d device not ready"
"mly%d: physical device %d:%d device not found at startup"
"mly%d: physical device %d:%d COD write operation failed"
"mly%d: physical device %d:%d BDT write operation failed"
"mly%d: physical device %d:%d missing at startup"
"mly%d: physical device %d:%d start rebuild failed due to physical drive too small"
"mly%d: physical device %d:%d sense data received"
"mly%d: sense key %d asc %02x ascq %02x"
"mly%d: info %4D csi %4D"
"mly%d: physical device %d:%d offline"
"mly%d: sense key %d asc %02x ascq %02x"
"mly%d: info %4D csi %4D"

The reported event refers to the physical device at the given channel:target address.

"mly%d: logical device %d (%s) consistency check started"
"mly%d: logical device %d (%s) consistency check completed"
"mly%d: logical device %d (%s) consistency check cancelled"
"mly%d: logical device %d (%s) consistency check completed with errors"
"mly%d: logical device %d (%s) consistency check failed due to logical drive failure"
"mly%d: logical device %d (%s) consistency check failed due to physical device failure"
"mly%d: logical device %d (%s) automatic rebuild started"
"mly%d: logical device %d (%s) manual rebuild started"
"mly%d: logical device %d (%s) rebuild completed"
"mly%d: logical device %d (%s) rebuild cancelled"
"mly%d: logical device %d (%s) rebuild failed for unknown reasons"
"mly%d: logical device %d (%s) rebuild failed due to new physical device"
"mly%d: logical device %d (%s) rebuild failed due to logical drive failure"
"mly%d: logical device %d (%s) offline"
"mly%d: logical device %d (%s) critical"
"mly%d: logical device %d (%s) online"
"mly%d: logical device %d (%s) initialization started"
"mly%d: logical device %d (%s) initialization completed"
"mly%d: logical device %d (%s) initialization cancelled"
"mly%d: logical device %d (%s) initialization failed"
"mly%d: logical device %d (%s) found"
"mly%d: logical device %d (%s) gone"
"mly%d: logical device %d (%s) expand capacity started"
"mly%d: logical device %d (%s) expand capacity completed"
"mly%d: logical device %d (%s) expand capacity failed"
"mly%d: logical device %d (%s) bad block found"
"mly%d: logical device %d (%s) size changed"
"mly%d: logical device %d (%s) type changed"
"mly%d: logical device %d (%s) bad data block found"
"mly%d: logical device %d (%s) read of data block in bdt"
"mly%d: logical device %d (%s) write back data for disk block lost"

The event report will include the name of the SCSI device which has attached to the device if possible.

"mly%d: enclosure %d fan %d failed"
"mly%d: enclosure %d fan %d ok"
"mly%d: enclosure %d fan %d not present"
"mly%d: enclosure %d power supply %d failed"
"mly%d: enclosure %d power supply %d ok"
"mly%d: enclosure %d power supply %d not present"
"mly%d: enclosure %d temperature sensor %d failed"
"mly%d: enclosure %d temperature sensor %d critical"
"mly%d: enclosure %d temperature sensor %d ok"
"mly%d: enclosure %d temperature sensor %d not present"
"mly%d: enclosure %d unit %d access critical"
"mly%d: enclosure %d unit %d access ok"
"mly%d: enclosure %d unit %d access offline"

These events refer to external enclosures by number. The driver does not attempt to name the enclosures.

"mly%d: controller cache write back error"
"mly%d: controller battery backup unit found"
"mly%d: controller battery backup unit charge level low"
"mly%d: controller battery backup unit charge level ok"
"mly%d: controller installation aborted"
"mly%d: controller mirror race recovery in progress"
"mly%d: controller mirror race on critical drive"
"mly%d: controller memory soft ecc error"
"mly%d: controller memory hard ecc error"
"mly%d: controller battery backup unit failed"

These events report controller status changes.


.An -nosplit The mly driver was written by
.An Michael Smith <

This manual page was written by
.An Michael Smith <msmith@FreeBSD.org>.


The driver does not yet provide an external management interface.

Enclosures are not named or otherwise identified in event messages.

August 10, 2004 MLY (4)
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