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I want to blink the failing device in my 24-disk SAS enclosure.

I have found sg_ses --index 7 --set=locate /dev/sg24 which is supposed to identify slot 7.

But how do I figure out which slot/index /dev/sdh is?

This is not obvious as Linux does not name /dev/sdX after the slot, but after the sequence it was detected. Think what happens if slot 1 is empty at boot, but is filled later.


The controller is a SAS2008.

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This is completely dependent upon your array controller hardware. You need to tell us what that is. –  Patrick Apr 19 '12 at 23:12
I checked my system (Sles11 sp2), the sg_ses doesn't have a --index and --set as input params, and there is no /sys/class/enclosure* in the sles11 sp2. What's your Linux environment? Did you install other utilities in the OS by yourself? –  user22001 Aug 13 '12 at 8:46
Debian Stable: Linux server 3.2.0-0.bpo.1-amd64 –  Ole Tange Aug 13 '12 at 13:15

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After cycling around /sys for a while, I found this solution:

# echo /sys/class/enclosure/*/*/device/block/sdaa
/sys/class/enclosure/2:0:35:0/Slot 15/device/block/sdaa
# echo 1 > '/sys/class/enclosure/2:0:35:0/Slot 15/locate' 


# echo 1 > /sys/class/enclosure/*/*/device/block/sdaa/../../enclosure*/locate

To blink all detected devices:

parallel echo 1 \> ::: /sys/class/enclosure/*/*/device/block/sd*/../../enclosure*/locate

This is useful if you have a drive that is so broken that is not even detected by Linux (e.g. it does not spin up).


I have made a small tool (called blink) to blink slots. https://github.com/ole-tange/tangetools/tree/master/blink

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Check what /sys/class/block/sdh links to. You can see the host, target and LUN this way. Usually this is enough to pinpoint the device's hardware address.

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Thanks for pointing me to /sys. As you can see the solution is a bit more involved. –  Ole Tange Apr 20 '12 at 9:35
@OleTange Ok. You should post your solution as an answer, please don't post answers in questions as they are not easily visible to future visitors. It's OK to ask and answer your own question.. I'll leave my answer because it shows the general approach, but you should accept your own answer (when the system lets you, there's a delay) since it's more complete for this particular task on this particular enclosure. –  Gilles Apr 20 '12 at 12:37

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