Command(s) to confirm tape drive install?
bscott at ntisys.com
Mon Oct 20 13:31:00 CDT 2003
On Mon, 20 Oct 2003, at 1:36pm, support at codefit.com wrote:
> Anyone know the linux RH 8 command(s) for checking to see if tape drive is
> recognized by system and writable?
Assuming it was detected as the first SCSI tape drive in the system:
mt -f /dev/nst0 status
> Maybe a write test command?
tar --create --one-file-system -f /dev/nst0 etc
mt -f /dev/nst0 rewind
tar --diff -f /dev/nst0
(To those who know: Yes, I know the "mt rewind" part could be eliminated by
using the rewinding tape device. The above tests the ability of "mt" to
control the drive.)
See the following manpages for details: st(4), mt(1), tar(1)
Ben Scott <bscott at ntisys.com>
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