Subject: Re: AIC7XXX driver - No Tape support for writing?
To: None <current-users@NetBSD.ORG>
From: Gerald C. Simmons <email@example.com>
Date: 11/07/1997 16:49:17
A more carefull look at the E-mail I sent showed that the original problem I
had writing to a tape was with the raw device - /dev/rst0. Here I'll include
Jan 14 07:00:50 dakkon /netbsd: st0(ahc0:4:0): illegal request, data = 00 00 00 00 00 00
Jan 14 07:00:50 dakkon /netbsd: st0: cannot set selected mode
Jan 14 07:01:17 dakkon /netbsd: st0: bad request, must be multiple of 512
simmons@dakkon% tar cvzf /dev/rst0 edge
simmons@dakkon% tar (child): can't write to /dev/rst0 : Input/output error
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> Subject: Re: AIC7XXX driver - No Tape support for writing?
> Reply-To: Jason Thorpe <firstname.lastname@example.org>
> From: Jason Thorpe <email@example.com>
> Date: Fri, 07 Nov 1997 10:34:14 -0800
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> On Thu, 6 Nov 1997 09:15:42 -0800 (PST)
> "Gerald C. Simmons" <email@example.com> wrote:
> > I've done some further investigating and I'm suspecting there is no "write
> > support" in the Adaptec AIC7XXX drivers, or at least the 2842VL.
> Um, how can there possibly be "no write support"?
> > I tried the following: "tar cvf /dev/st0 <directory>" with my Archive 150
> > attached to an AHA2842VL controller. The Tape LED came on, tar went about it's
> > business with NO ERRORS, but the drive NEVER made a move. It was as if tar was
> > dumping to /dev/null.
> > I checked all the -current files for the AIC7XXX and ahc_isa.c drivers for any
> > changes since 1.2.1. There were only context changes - bus_space vs. bus_io.
> > Does anyone know if this is a known missing feature?
> The "ahc" driver doesn't know (or care) what type of device its talking
> to. That's be beauty of SCSI :-) Also, if the ISA "ahc" couldn't write
> to tapes, it would be a problem for the EISA and PCI "ahc" drivers, too,
> since it's really all the same driver.
> > I can READ from tapes, just can't write!
> I suspect it's an artifact of not using the "raw" tape. Try using /dev/rst0.
> The block device interface to tapes hasn't really ever worked (the semantics
> of implementing it are just too hairy, for one), and probably ought to just
> be removed.
> Jason R. Thorpe firstname.lastname@example.org
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