Trying to get the Python tape backup to work Steve_Boley at
Fri Jun 14 07:38:01 CDT 2002

There was an issue with firmware on the dds4 tape drives.  Check our website
and there is a utility to check the firmware in Linux and if it isn't
correct there is a flash utility to run in Linux.  The issue was it would
tar to the tape but would hang on any read operations.  By the way if you
are looking for a driver and device it doesn't apply in Linux.  Just use the
tar -tvf /dev/st0 /yourfilestobackup to use the tape drive.

-----Original Message-----
From: Dick Visser [mailto:dick at]
Sent: Friday, June 14, 2002 7:12 AM
To: Jean-Pierre Dube
Cc: Linux-PowerEdge at
Subject: Re: Trying to get the Python tape backup to work
Importance: High

On Fri, 14 Jun 2002, Jean-Pierre Dube wrote:

> I installed Suse 7.1 with kernel 2.2.16 successfully on a P.E 2450. I can
access my
> raid drives. But the tape backup is not working is there a patch or do I
> need to configure something in the kernel to get it working

What is the output of the "mt -f /dev/st0 status" command?

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