Subject: Re: iostat warnings in security report
To: Alex Plotnick <>
From: Jared D. McNeill <>
List: current-users
Date: 09/08/2005 21:18:43
On 8-Sep-05, at 8:21 PM, Alex Plotnick wrote:

> Circa Thu, 08 Sep 2005 19:20:02 BST, Rui Paulo thus spake:
>> | iostat: No tape drives attached.
>> The true fix should be change iostat and vmstat, not the security
>> script, I believe.
> If you like, but I would argue that it's not iostat's problem.   
> iostat is
> reporting a valid warning to stderr; there *isn't* a tape drive  
> attached.
> The fact that this information is not useful in the security script  
> should
> be reflected by the call, i.e., `iostat -x 2>/dev/null'.

Do you think that iostat should warn about any type of drive not  
attached? I wouldn't expect it to complain that I don't have a tape  
drive, USB drive, SCSI drive, firewire drive, floppy drive, and a  
tape drive attached everytime I ran it.

Clearly a problem with iostat, IMO. Why should tape drives be treated  
differently from the others?