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Technical Reference: Base Operating System and Extensions, Volume 1

HBA_SendScsiInquiry Subroutine


Sends a SCSI device inquiry command to a remote port of the end device.


Common Host Bus Adapter Library (libHBAAPI.a)


#include <hbaapi.h>

HBA_STATUS HBA_SendScsiInquiry (handle, PortWWN, fcLUN, EVPD, PageCode, pRspBuffer, RspBufferSize, pSenseBuffer,
HBA_HANDLE handle;
HBA_UINT32 PageCode;
void *pRspBuffer;
HBA_UINT32 RspBufferSize;
void *pSenseBuffer;
HBA_UINT32 SenseBufferSize;


The HBA_SendScsiInquiry subroutine sends a SCSI INQUIRY command through a call to ioctl with the SCIOLINQU operation as its argument. The arg parameter for the SCIOLINQU operation is the address of an scsi_inquiry structure. This structure is defined in the /usr/include/sys/scsi_buf.h file. The scsi_inquiry parameter block allows the caller to select the SCSI and LUN IDs to be queried. If successful, the inquiry data is returned in the pRspBuffer parameter. Successful completion occurs if a device responds at the requested SCSI ID, but the returned inquiry data must be examined to see if the requested LUN exists.


handle Specifies the open file descriptor obtained from a successful call to the open subroutine.
PortWWN Specifies the world wide name or port name of the target device.
fcLUN Specifies the fcLUN.
EVPD Specifies the value for the EVPD bit. If the value is 1, the Vital Product Data page code will be specified by the PageCode parameter.
PageCode Specifies the Vital Product Data that is to be requested if the EVPD parameter is set to 1.
pRspBuffer Points to a buffer containing the requested instruction for a send/read capacity request to an open adapter.
RspBufferSize Specifies the size of the buffer to the pRspBuffer parameter.
pSenseBuffer Points to a buffer containing the data returned from a send/read capacity request to an open adapter.
SenseBufferSize Specifies the size of the buffer to the pSenseBuffer parameter.

Return Values

Upon successful completion, the HBA_SendScsiInquiry subroutine returns a buffer in bytes containing the SCSI inquiry, a buffer containing the SCSI sense data, and a value of HBA_STATUS_OK, or a value of 0.

If unsuccessful, an empty buffer for the SCSI inquiry, a response buffer containing the failure, and a value of HBA_STATUS_ERROR, or a value of 1 is returned.

Error Codes

The Storage Area Network Host Bus Adapter API subroutines return the following error codes:

HBA_STATUS_OK A value of 0 on successful completion.
HBA_STATUS_ERROR A value of 1 if an error occurred.
HBA_STATUS_ERROR_INVALID_HANDLE A value of 3 if there was an invalid file handle.
HBA_STATUS_ERROR_ARG A value of 4 if there was a bad argument.
HBA_STATUS_ERROR_ILLEGAL_WWN A value of 5 if the world wide name was not recognized.
HBA_STATUS_SCSI_CHECK_CONDITION A value of 9 if a SCSI Check Condition was reported.

Related Information

HBA_SendReportLUNs Subroutine, HBA_SendReadCapacity Subroutine, HBA_SendCTPassThru Subroutine, HBA_SendRNID Subroutine, HBA_SetRNIDMgmtInfo Subroutine, and HBA_GetRNIDMgmtInfo Subroutine.

SCSI Adapter Device Driver in AIX 5L Version 5.2 Technical Reference: Kernel and Subsystems Volume 2.

Special Files in AIX 5L Version 5.2 Files Reference.

SCSI Subsystem Overview, A Typical Initiator-Mode SCSI Driver Transaction Sequence, Required SCSI Adapter Device Driver ioctl Commands, Understanding the Execution of Initiator I/O Requests, SCSI Error Recovery, and Understanding the sc_buf Structure in AIX 5L Version 5.2 Kernel Extensions and Device Support Programming Concepts.

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