Download your favorite Linux distribution at LQ ISO.
Go Back > Forums > Linux Forums > Linux - Hardware
User Name
Linux - Hardware This forum is for Hardware issues.
Having trouble installing a piece of hardware? Want to know if that peripheral is compatible with Linux?


  Search this Thread
Old 06-15-2004, 07:51 AM   #1
Registered: Jan 2004
Location: Durham, North Carolina
Distribution: SuSe
Posts: 36

Rep: Reputation: 15
Tape drive difficulty -- /dev/nst0: No such device!

I'm running SuSe Linux 8.2, kernel 2.4.20. I'm trying to write some data to an external tape drive. Trying to set up the tape drive via the command "mt -f /dev/nst0 rewind" command before running BRU.

Now, this has worked before, flawlessy. Won't work now, and I can't figure out how to make it work. I think the problem came from when I temporarily disconnected the tape drive a month or so ago. But anyway, the computer won't recognize the existence of /dev/nst0. What can I do to fix it?
Old 06-15-2004, 11:11 AM   #2
Registered: Aug 2002
Posts: 14,763

Rep: Reputation: 1484Reputation: 1484Reputation: 1484Reputation: 1484Reputation: 1484Reputation: 1484Reputation: 1484Reputation: 1484Reputation: 1484Reputation: 1484
Not recognize? Does /dev/nst0 exist? What about /dev/st0?
Look at the output of dmesg for error messages relating to the tape drive.
Old 09-03-2004, 10:20 PM   #3
LQ Newbie
Registered: Sep 2004
Location: Perth Australia
Distribution: Debian
Posts: 5

Rep: Reputation: 0
/dev/tape: No such device


I have an aic7xxx Drive (Adaptec 7850)

dmesg outputs that:
scsi0 : Adaptec AIC7xxx ..... blah
aic7850: Single Channel A, SCSI Id=7, 3/253 SCBs


lsmod output
aic7xxx 104640 0 (unused)
st 27028 0 (unused)
scsi mod 51548 2 [aic7xxx st]


and ls -l /dev/nst0 shows
crw-rw---- 1 root tape 9,128 /dev/nst0

Does SCSI Id=7 and the output from ls - l /dev/nst0 have to match??? ie (7,128)
crw-rw---- 1 root tape 7,128 /dev/nst0



thump, thump thump.... (Wonder if the keyboard will give way before my head)


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is Off
HTML code is Off

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
DAT Tape Drive device name suab0871 Linux - Newbie 1 10-24-2005 10:54 AM
Mounting a tape drive as a device chrisk5527 Linux - General 1 11-11-2004 06:18 AM
tar: /dev/nst0: Cannot open: No such device evallejo Linux - Software 4 09-02-2004 02:00 PM
device filename for tape drive linuxboy69 Linux - Hardware 1 01-13-2004 06:47 PM
mt -f /dev/nst0 status cmuchui Linux - Hardware 0 10-29-2003 08:56 PM

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 05:21 PM.

Main Menu
Write for LQ is looking for people interested in writing Editorials, Articles, Reviews, and more. If you'd like to contribute content, let us know.
Main Menu
RSS1  Latest Threads
RSS1  LQ News
Twitter: @linuxquestions
Facebook: linuxquestions Google+: linuxquestions
Open Source Consulting | Domain Registration