Subject: tape driver behavior
To: None <>
From: Charles Shannon Hendrix <>
List: current-users
Date: 09/01/2001 23:27:10
I've a couple of problems with NetBSD 1.5 and tape drives.

"mt status" report the file number and drive status.

The driver doesn't return end-of-media to applications.

I use the tape driver all the time, and it works great. But I really
miss being about to use mt to determine which file number I'm on or get
other information.

All I ever get is this:

[203] % mt status
SCSI tape drive, residual=0
blocksize: 0 (0, 0, 0, 0)
density: 36 (0, 0, 0, 0)
current file number: 0
current block number: 0

When running dump, it simply hangs on end-of-media, instead of 
asking for the next tape.

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