Gerd, thank you very much for a review. I'll test more, and - if it turns out that it always initializes successfully on a 2nd attempt without any extra sleeps (or maybe 3rd in some really rare not-observed-yet cases), I could modify this patch so that it will still "return;" but only after i.e. 3rd attempt is unsuccessful ---> reducing the wasted time to a couple of milliseconds or even less. Hopefully this patch would be more acceptable in such a version.
On Wed, Jun 5, 2019 at 10:46 AM Gerd Hoffmann email@example.com wrote:
On Tue, Jun 04, 2019 at 09:07:44PM +0300, Mike Banon wrote:
At least some USB drives with a write protect switch (e.g. Netac U335) could report "MEDIUM NOT PRESENT" for a while if a write protect is enabled.
Broken hardware. Lovely.
Do not stop the initialization attempts after getting this, and the initialization will be successful - likely on a 2nd attempt.
That change may drastically increase boot time. If you have an empty cdrom drive connected to your machine seabios will poll the device for five seconds no matter what for no good reason instead of simply stopping because no cdrom is inserted.
So, no. Not going to happen. We need something else. I have no good idea how to handle that without a blacklist of known-broken devices though ...