sg_get_lba_status man page

sg_get_lba_status — send SCSI GET LBA STATUS command


sg_get_lba_status [--brief] [--help] [--hex] [--lba=LBA] [--maxlen=LEN] [--raw] [--readonly] [--verbose] [--version] DEVICE


Send the SCSI GET LBA STATUS command to the DEVICE and outputs the response. This command was introduced in (draft) SBC-3 revision 20 and devices that support logical block provisioning should support this command.

The default action is to decode the response into one LBA status descriptor per line output to stdout. The descriptor LBA is output in hex (prefixed by '0x') and the number of blocks is output in decimal followed by the provisioning status in decimal. The provisioning status can be in the range 0 to 15 of which only 0 (mapped), 1 (unmapped) and 2 (anchored) are used currently. The amount of output can be reduced by the --brief option.


Arguments to long options are mandatory for short options as well.

-b, --brief

when use once then one LBA status descriptor per line is output to stdout. Each line has this format: "0x<descriptor_LBA>  0x<blocks> <provisioning_status>". So the descriptor's starting LBA and number of blocks are output in hex and the provisioning status in decimal. When used twice (e.g. '-bb' or '--brief --brief') then the provisioning status of the given LBA (or LBA 0 if the --lba option is not given) is output to stdout. A check is made that the given LBA lies in the range of the first returned LBA status descriptor (as it should according to SBC-3 revision 20) and warnings are sent to stderr if it doesn't.

-h, --help

output the usage message then exit.

-H, --hex

output response to this command in ASCII hex.

-l, --lba=LBA

where LBA is the starting Logical Block Address (LBA) to check the provisioning status for. Note that the DEVICE chooses how many following blocks that it will return provisioning status for.

-m, --maxlen=LEN

where LEN is the (maximum) response length in bytes. It is placed in the cdb's "allocation length" field. If not given then 24 is used. 24 is enough space for the response header and one LBA status descriptor. LEN should be 8 plus a multiple of 16 (e.g. 24, 40, and 56 are suitable).

-r, --raw

output response in binary (to stdout).

-R, --readonly

open the DEVICE read-only (e.g. in Unix with the O_RDONLY flag). The default is to open it read-write.

-v, --verbose

increase the level of verbosity, (i.e. debug output). Additional output caused by this option is sent to stderr.

-V, --version

print the version string and then exit.


In SBC-3 revision 25 the calculation associated with the Parameter Data Length field in the response was modified. Prior to that the byte offset was 8 and in revision 25 it was changed to 4.

For a discussion of logical block provisioning see section 4.7 of sbc3r29.pdf at (or the corresponding section of a later draft).

Exit Status

The exit status of sg_get_lba_status is 0 when it is successful. Otherwise see the sg3_utils(8) man page.


Written by Douglas Gilbert.

Reporting Bugs

Report bugs to <dgilbert at interlog dot com>.

See Also

sg_write_same(8), sg_unmap(8)


May 2014 sg3_utils-1.39 SG3_UTILS