pt_send -- send SCSI commands to Host Bus Adapter (HBA) opened for pass-through access


cc [options] file -lsdi
#include <libsdi.h>

int pt_send(pt_handle_t handle, void *scb, size_t scb_length, void *buffer, size_t buffer_length, uint_t mode, time_t timeout, time_t *elapsed, uint_t *compcode, uint_t *status, void * req_buffer, size_t req_buffer_length)


The opaque handle obtained from a previous sdi_open.

A pointer to a complete SCSI command descriptor block as described in the SCSI specification.

The length in bytes of the SCSI command pointed to by scb.

A pointer to a user-supplied data area for use by the specified SCSI command.

The size in bytes of the area pointed to by buffer. If the command does not require a buffer area, buffer_length may be zero.

specifies the direction of data transfer. If the SCSI command returns data to the buffer, it should be set to SCB_READ. If the SCSI command transfer data from the buffer to the SCSI target, it should be set to SCB_WRITE. If buffer_length is set to 0, this element is ignored.

Specifies the amount of time in milliseconds that SDI should wait for the completion of this command. If the command does not complete before this time is exceeded, SDI will abort the command and return a value in compcode of SDI_TIME.

A pointer to variable of type time_t. If the command completes normally, the amount of time the command took to complete is returned here.

A pointer to an unsigned integer used to return the status of the job. A SCSI command that completes normally returns SDI_ASW. SDI_CKSTAT is returned if the user should check the value of status for more information. There are many other possible values for this field. They can be found in sdi_comm.h. These values are used to indicate failures where no SCSI command completed on the SCSI bus.

A pointer to an unsigned integer and is used to return to the user the actual value of the status byte code returned by the target to the initiator during the STATUS phase at the completion of the SCSI command. Its value is only valid if SDI_CKSTAT is returned in compcode. If its value indicates CHECK CONDITION, the user should issue a REQUEST SENSE command to the target that returned the CHECK CONDITION.

A pointer to a user-supplied data area in which the request sense data for this command is returned. Request sense data is only returned if the SCSI command completes with a CHECK CONDITION. If this buffer is supplied it must be at least 18 bytes long.

The size in bytes of the area pointed to by req_buffer. This length must be at least 18 bytes if req_buffer is not NULL. If it is not, pt_send will fail with EINVAL.

Return values

On success, pt_send returns 0. It does not return until the SCSI command has completed.

If the SCSI command returns with a CHECK CONDITION and req_buffer is not NULL, a REQUEST SENSE command is issued by SDI and the request sense data is returned in req_buffer.

If req_buffer is NULL, a REQUEST SENSE command is not automatically issued by SDI and it is the application's responsibility to issue the REQUEST SENSE command if they need the sense data.


On failure, pt_send returns an appropriate errno. Failure does not mean that the SCSI command failed. Rather, failure means that SDI was unable to transmit the SCSI command successfully.

The argument req_buffer is not NULL and the length given by req_buffer_length is less than 18 bytes.


See pt_open(3X).


This routine replaces the use of calls to ioctl to send SCSI pass-through commands to a device. See pt_open(3X). The older SCSI pass-through interface is supported for compatibility with older applications only.

Standards conformance

This routine is not part of any industry standard.


pt_close(3X), pt_open(3X)
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UnixWare 7 Release 7.1.4 - 25 April 2004