[sclug] Debian and Tape Drives

Matt matt at bodgit-n-scarper.com
Sat Apr 30 11:15:57 UTC 2005

On Sat, 2005-04-30 at 11:48, Scott Rixon wrote:
> Hi all...
> I am at the very limit of my knowledge here!!
> I have got my hands on an HP Ultrium 215 Drive (LTO1). It's connected. 
> The SCSI card is being detected on boot and Debain is loading a module 
> for it.
> But I have no idea what to do about the tape drive! I assume I need to 
> load/compile a module for it?!? I am using Amanda for my backup and it 
> is set to /dev/nst0.
> scsi0 : Adaptec AIC7XXX EISA/VLB/PCI SCSI HBA DRIVER, Rev 6.2.36
>         <Adaptec 2940 Ultra SCSI adapter>
>         aic7880: Ultra Wide Channel A, SCSI Id=7, 16/253 SCBs
> blk: queue c13f7c74, I/O limit 4095Mb (mask 0xffffffff)
> (scsi0:A:3): 20.000MB/s transfers (10.000MHz, offset 8, 16bit)
>   Vendor: HP        Model: Ultrium 1-SCSI    Rev: N26D
>   Type:   Sequential-Access                  ANSI SCSI revision: 03
> There she is on boot!

Is there a problem running Amanda?

Try running:

$ mt -f /dev/nst0 status

What happens?

You should have SCSI tape support in your kernel either as a module or
compiled in. /proc/devices should have the following listed under
"Character devices:":

9 st

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