Subject: Re: floppy controller tape devices
To: Gerald C. Simmons <email@example.com>
From: Jordan K. Hubbard <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: 11/23/1997 17:07:46
> Has anyone else looked at FreeBSD's support of these tape drives?
1. The device driver portion of our floppy tape driver (e.g. /dev/ft)
is only half the story and perhaps not even that large of a
fraction :). Much of the "smarts" is done in the user mode
ft(8) program, without which /dev/ft itself is pretty much
useless. You will want to think about taking both pieces
over if you want to clone the FreeBSD driver and think even
harder about whether you really want to adopt this approach
and all the user support headaches that come with it ("Why
doesn't /dev/ft Just Work(tm) like we all expect it to?!").
2. Even in FreeBSD, where it sort of still works, this driver is an
orphaned child with no clearly responsibile
maintainer and it could easily croak at any time, its last
few champions having switched to more robust tape backup
solutions long ago. Caveat Emptor.