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    RE: StatSN and overlapped commands

    > Put simply, is a SCSI task considered completed when status is returned to
    > the initiator, or when status is acknowledged via ExpStatSN?
    The former, in fact, SCSI considers the task complete when status is
    generated at the target.  See sections 7.3 and 7.6 of SAM-2; a completed
    task transitions to the "Ended" state and is removed from the task set.
    ExpStatSN an iSCSI retransmission mechanism for SCSI status in case it
    didn't get through the first time.
    > This causes a difference in behavior for untagged SCSI 
    > commands.  Consider:
    > Initiator: SCSI Command = Write: Attr = Untagged (0) : 
    > InitiatorTaskTag=5:
    > CmdSN=4: ExpStatSn = 3
    > Target:  R2T: InitiatorTaskTag = 5
    > Initiator: SCSI Data: Initiator Task Tag = 5
    > Target: SCSI Status = Good:  Initiator Task Tag = 5: StatSn = 3
    > Initiator: Scsi Command = Write: Attr = Untagged (0) : 
    > Initiator Task Tag
    > = 6: CmdSN=5: ExpStatSn = 3
    > .
    > .
    > (Somewhere down the line a scsi command with ExpStatSN of 4 
    > is sent, ACKing
    > the Status to ITT #5)
    > .
    > .
    > Is this an overlapped command error, since the SCSI task is still
    > oustanding until the status is acknowledge?
    > Or -- is the SCSI command considered completed as soon as status is
    > attempted (much like the clearing of a Congingent Allegiance 
    > as soon as status is started to the host)?  That would mean that this is a
    > exchange.
    The latter - as described, I believe it's legal.
    > If so, does this cause problems with command recovery as
    > described in section ?
    No, iSCSI at the target is retaining the SCSI status of the completed
    command for retransmission.  SCSI believes the command to be completed,
    and any retransmission request (e.g., Status SNACK) is not visible to
    SCSI at the target.  In this case "command recovery" does not execute
    any commands at the target; it just causes retransmission of the saved
    David L. Black, Senior Technologist
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