Originally Posted by bdb4269
It's Arkeia 5.2
I tried backing up to a NULL drive and it seems to work then.
Does this mean it's something wrong with the drive?
I doubt it. It probably means Arkeia has a problem talking to the tape drive.
Have you (if it is realistic) rebooted? If you can, shutdown the system and power off (including any external devices). Then power on external devices then the system. Then try another backup. If you can't reboot, then try stopping the arkeia daemon, then restarting it (see below for the start / stop commands). Then try another backup.
BTW< what kind of tape drive to you have?
There is a way to test the system's connection to the tape drive independent of ARKEIA. Look at the drive definition (in Drive Management). Make note of the rewind device. You just have to stop the arkeia daemon-
* if you are running the Arkeia GUI on the machine with the tape drive, exit the GUI BEFORE
stoping the Arkeia daemon!
* if you have a tape library you have to stop the library service BEFORE
exiting the gui.
Then you should be able to use the tape device with all the old standard tape commands. Substitute the rewind device you took note of previously for DEVTAPE below:
this will give you the status of the tape drive:
mt -f DEVTAPE status
Insert a tape into the tape drive. THE FOLLOWING COMMAND WILL OVERWRITE ANYTHING ON THE TAPE.
You have been warned.
this will backup everything under /etc to the tape:
tar cvf DEVTAPE /etc
this will rewind and eject the tape:
mt -f DEVTAPE rewoffl
Then to restart the arkeia daemon:
That will prove the connection to the tape drive works.
NOTE - all my experience is w/ Arkeia 4.2, and I'm not familiar with the changes in v5.