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Old 11-01-2005, 10:16 PM   #1
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tape drives


Hi all .. ok well this is my first post here so first off let me say hi.

i have been working with linux for a few years now and havie it running whereever i can. i wouldnt consider myself a linux noob vut i will admit that there are alot of things i have never asked a linux box to do.

in the last few weeks i have managed to get hold of a duel processor machine with onbord scsi and a scsi Raid controller i have duly installed FC4 on this machine and its working a blast the SMP kernel is flying and im happy to have finally replaced my ailing Database/web server

this machine came with a seagate DAT drive (a device i have never used before) in my looking about i found that the machine has found it in the startup
using the dmesg command [dmesg | grep -i "attached" | grep -i tape]
i get the resault
Attached scsi tape st0 at scsi1, channel 0, id 4, lun 0

now the only problem im having is how is the best way to use it ... i have looked about in some of the other forums here in an attempt to make sure its all installed as it would expect to be and those forums sugest the use of the command "mt" to manueliy controll the tape on my system i have not been able to find any trace of the mt command... no man page or the like so im wondering is this a distro specific command and what software do all you guys and girls that have a scsi tape drive use !

ok well more madness to come from me some time

seya
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Old 11-01-2005, 10:57 PM   #2
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"This machine came with a seagate DAT drive (a device i have never used before) in my looking about i found that the machine has found it in the startup
using the dmesg command [dmesg | grep -i "attached" | grep -i tape]
i get the resault
Attached scsi tape st0 at scsi1, channel 0, id 4, lun 0"

"now the only problem im having is how is the best way to use it ... i have looked about in some of the other forums here in an attempt to make sure its all installed as it would expect to be and those forums sugest the use of the command "mt" to manueliy controll the tape on my system i have not been able to find any trace of the mt command... no man page or the like so im wondering is this a distro specific command and what software do all you guys and girls that have a scsi tape drive use !"

You need to install the ftape driver.
http://www.tldp.org/HOWTO/Ftape-HOWTO.html

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Old 11-01-2005, 11:04 PM   #3
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On FC3 and FC4 (which are listed as your distributions), the mt command is part of the mt-st package:

yum -y install mt-st

Most folks use tape drives for backup. What did you have in mind?
 
Old 11-02-2005, 03:55 PM   #4
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hi there all,

i have installed the MT software and we aew cooking with gass on that front
as far as the Ftape goes thats as yet un installed, as far as my reading goes the Ftape is if i want to use the tape as a floppy like device. as yet im not sure thats how i want to use it ( i have both a CD R and a DVDR available to me) i guess i was looking at tapes for backup

in short the ftape may happen but im more interested in backup aplications

regards Josh

Ps am i wrong about the ftape part
 
Old 11-02-2005, 04:14 PM   #5
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" am i wrong about the ftape part"

If I remember correctly mt and ftape are the same thing. After you use the mt command do a lsmod and see if one of the loaded modules is ftape.

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Old 11-02-2005, 04:33 PM   #6
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For backup, you can use tar or dump, depending on your preference. Tar is a more portable format, and I recommend that.

Ftape is for controlling old tape drives that used to connect to the floppy disk controller. You won't be using that with a DAT drive.
 
Old 11-02-2005, 05:02 PM   #7
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arr right
well now all im lo0oking for then is a nice workable frontend for my archiving needs
 
  


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