using tar with DAT drives

Ian Pallfreeman ip at mcc.ac.uk
Tue Jun 5 14:42:01 BST 2001


> Thanks for that - I think it might have highlighted a different problem.
> 
> I put a new tape in the drive and did mt status which tells me
> 
> Mode      Density              Blocksize      bpi      Compression
> Current:  0x13:X3B5/88-185A    variable       61000    DCLZ
> ---------available modes---------
> 0:        0x13:X3B5/88-185A    variable       61000    DCLZ
> 1:        0x13:X3B5/88-185A    variable       61000    DCLZ
> 2:        0x13:X3B5/88-185A    variable       61000    DCLZ
> 3:        0x13:X3B5/88-185A    variable       61000    DCLZ
> ---------------------------------
> Current Driver State: at rest.
> ---------------------------------
> File Number: 0  Record Number: 0
> 
> If I'm reading this correctly, it is recognizing our DDS-3 drive
> as a standard 2/4Gb DAT drive.  So, if all of the available modes
> are standard DAT, how can I set it to be DDS-3?

The "available modes" column is meaningless since CAM was introduced (3.0).

Try:

	mt -f /dev/rsa0 den dds-3

then write to it.

Ian.




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