Subject: Re: Seagate STT3401A ATAPI tape not working
To: Manuel Bouyer <email@example.com>
From: Stephen Borrill <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: 10/16/2003 10:54:00
On Wed, 15 Oct 2003, Manuel Bouyer wrote:
> On Tue, Oct 14, 2003 at 11:12:23AM +0100, Stephen Borrill wrote:
> > I've been using Seagate travan drives for a long while under NetBSD, but
> > only since 1.6 have I attempted to use the ATAPI version as opposed to
> > SCSI.
> > The 10/20 drives work OK (STT20000), though setting hardware compression
> > seems to fail (mt compress 1 gives Operation not supported by device).
> > However, the 20/40GB drives (STT3401A) don't work under NetBSD 1.6.1 or
> > -current. They work fine under Windows 2000 using the Seagate diagnostics.
> > Trying to write a tar file (cd /; tar -cpl .) gives the following
> > immediately and the tar exits with status 3:
> > tar: only wrote 5120 of 10240 bytes to /dev/rst0
> > This is followed by a kernel message:
> > st0: WARNING: cannot revert to default density
> No other error messages from kernel ?
No, there are no other messages. The tar message is immediate, the kernel
message is just as control is returned to the user (after the tape has
This drive also panics a 1.6.1 kernel at boot time if a tape is present
like its 10/20GB sibling. See:
You might also be interested to note that FreeBSD 5.1 completely locks
when attempting the same tar. (Windows 2000 works fine).