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Thanks for the response. I don't think it is a tape error. The tape would be less than 6 months old and only used once a week. It is also not just on one tape, but same problem with different tapes.
Do you know how I can ensure that hardware compression is indeed OFF. I don't know how I can tell. Output from "/bin/mt -f /dev/st0 status" is:
SCSI 2 tape drive:
File number=0, block number=1, partition=0.
Tape block size 0 bytes. Density code 0x26 (DDS-4 or QIC-4GB).
Soft error count since last status=0
General status bits on (1010000):
I have no idea whether compression is on or off. According to the documentation of the "mt" command, it should tell me when I use the compression option (eg. "/bin/mt -f /dev/st0 compression") but all it does is go straight back to a prompt and doesn't tell me anything about compression.
I checked the manual for the tape drive and there is no jumper for compression so I have to assume it is software controlled, but I can't find any way to determine if it is even on, let alone switch it on/off.
Hi, I got the same problem, but some differents things.
The server i'm using is a Dell Power edge SC1430,
and I need to know how to get the used size on the tape,
and the left size on it. I'm using O.S. CentOS 5.3,
but I can't find the right command to get that information.
I hope you can help me, or maybe someone who read this.