Subject: Re: Putting tapes in varblock mode
To: Jeremy McDermond <>
From: VaX#n8 <>
List: current-users
Date: 03/29/1996 21:03:38
In message <199603291731.JAA05139@CSE.COM>, Jeremy McDermond writes:
>IBM's probably refering to 8mm drives, all of the RS/6000 AIX boxen have a
>"fixed" and "variable" length block size options when you configure the
>devices.  It can be a real pain when you want to exchange tapes with an HP or 
>Sun. 8-)

Yeah, but that's nothing compared to the HP-UX 9 box we have that reboots
when you put a Sun 4mm into it's drive and try to read it :)

It's too bad there isn't a portable way to get the block size of a tape
drive, and/or a tape itself... or just to ask what kind of drive a given
device corresponds to...