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Hey, Emacs, we're -*-Text-*- mode!

Abstract
~~~~~~~~

This directory and its subdirectories contain the sources for

                            ftape-4.02

`ftape' is a device driver for floppy tape drives written for the
operating system Linux.

Currently, the driver supports many QIC-40/QIC-80/QIC-3010/QIC-3020
tape drives that conform to the respective QIC-* development
standards, as well as the Iomega Ditto 2GB and Max drives.

Some parallel port tape drives are also supported, too. These are the
Colorado Trakker and several kinds of parallel port drives that use
the Micro Solutions' "Backpack" protocol, i.e. the Iomega Ditto
parallel port drives, and some parallel port floppy tape drives made
by Exabyte and Seagate.

Contents
~~~~~~~~

1. Things to read through for getting started
2. Related packages and further documentation
3. Downloading
4. RTFM and problem reports, questions, contacts



1. Things to read through for getting started
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

COPYING         GNU GENERAL PUBLIC LICENSE, Version 2, June 1991
                This software comes without ANY warranty.

README          The file you are reading right now

RELEASE-NOTES   Summary of the changes between different `ftape'
                releases. Reaches back until ftape-2.01, 08/01/95.
                
BUGS            List of known bugs.

TODO            List of things that still need to be done.

README.PCI      Notes about PCI motherboards. Might be slightly out of 
                date.

INSTALL         Short installation instructions. Get the
                `ftape-4.x-doc' package for more detailed
                documentation!

THANKS          Incomplete list of people who contributed to the
                `ftape' project.

ChangeLog       The detailed commit log of my CVS source repository.



2. Related packages and further documentation
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

ftape-4.x-doc-REVISION 
                The `ftape documentation package' which contains the
                `ftape-manual' as well as the `Ftape-HOWTO' and
                `Ftape-FAQ' for local installation. REVISION refers to
                the revision of the `ftape-4.x-doc' manual package. It
                is recommended that you download this package, too.

ftape-tools-VERSION
                This is an additional `ftape support package' which
                contains some utilities needed to exploit some
                features of the `ftape-4.02' driver. VERSION refers to
                the version of the `ftape-tools' package.
                `ftape-tools' contains utilities like `swapout',
                `ftmt',`ftformat' and `vtblc' and some others. It is
                recommended that you download this package, too.
Ftape-HOWTO
                The Ftape-HOWTO is contained in the `ftape-4.x-doc'
                package, but the primary source for the Ftape-HOWTO is

                http://sunsite.unc.edu/LDP/HOWTO/Ftape-HOWTO.html

Ftape-FAQ
                A version of the Ftape-FAQ is also contained in the
                `ftape-4.x-doc' package for reference, but the
                primary source is

                http://www.correct.nl/~ftape



3. Downloading
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
                     
Recent versions of the `ftape' driver and the related packages
mentioned above can be obtained from

                ftp://sunsite.unc.edu/pub/Linux/kernel/tapes/

or from the ftape home page

                http://www-math.math.rwth-aachen.de/~LBFM/claus/ftape/

The ftape home page

                http://www-math.math.rwth-aachen.de/~LBFM/claus/ftape/

also contains some useful links to related software and documentation.



4. RTFM and problem reports, questions, contacts
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

`RTFM' is a shortcut for `Read those fine manuals'.

Feel free to contact me if something goes wrong, but first try to read
the available manuals. The `ftape-manual' comes with a fairly
extensive index so you can search for suitable keywords there and jump
directly to suitable passages in the manual without having to read it
in its entirety.

Please post your questions to the `linux-tape' mailing list:

        linux-tape@vger.rutgers.edu

I read the list regularly. And you can benefit from the experiences of
other people that share your problems.

If you want to subscribe to the mailing list, send mail to 

        majordomo@vger.rutgers.edu

with the text

        subscribe linux-tape 

in the message body.

NOTE: PLEASE DON'T POST LARGE MESSAGES TO THE MAILING LIST (for
example large excerpts of your kernel log files). I'm not talking
about 5 kilobyte mails. But if your message exceeds 10kb or so, then
think a moment about whether this mail is really of general
interest. If you find it necessary to send large emails to me, then
send them directly to

        heine@math1.rwth-aachen.de

Please keep in mind that quite a lot of people might read the Linux
tape mailing list, and some of them might have to pay for their
Internet connection. Don't waste the mailing list bandwidth.

Please try to describe your problem as exact as possible. I can't help
if you simply send me messages like `ftape doesn't work'. SO WHAT! 
Please include the version of the kernel you are running, the version
of ftape you are using and (of course) tell me what kind of floppy
tape you are using.

If you encountered errors during tape operation, try to provide an
exact command sequence that reproduces the error if ever
possible. Please don't send me messages like `ftape sometimes doesn't
skip to the next file'. Instead, give me the exact sequence of
commands that you typed in when the unexpected behaviour or error
occurred, if ever possible.

Please don't feel annoyed if it takes some days before you get a reply
to your email (or don't get any reply at all). I get quite a lot of
messages, and I'm doing the ftape support in my spare time. Simply
resend your message if you have the impression that you don't get an
answer (gimme a break: please wait a couple of days before resending
your email)



Have fun

Claus-Justus Heine <heine@math1.rwth-aachen.de>

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