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.TH SCSITAPE 1 SCSITAPE1.0
scsitape \- control SCSI tape devices
scsitape [-f <scsi-generic-device>] commands
command controls SCSI tape drives in a platform-independent
manner. As long as 'mtx' works on the platform, so does 'scsitape'.
Note that 'scsitape' and your OS's native tape driver may stomp on each
other. In particular, if you use 'setblk' and your OS's native tape
driver has a different notion of the block size, you may get evil results.
It is recommended to use 'scsitape' only for software where you've written
your own low-level READ and WRITE routines that use the SCSI command set
to directly talk to tape drives (i.e., you do not use the OS's native tape
driver at all).
The first argument, given following
, is the SCSI generic device corresponding to your tape drive.
Consult your operating system's documentation for more information (for
example, under Linux these are generally /dev/sg0 through /dev/sg15,
under FreeBSD these are /dev/pass0 through /dev/passX. Under Solaris
this is usually the same as your tape drive (Solaris has a SCSI passthrough
ioctl). You can set the STAPE or TAPE environment variable rather
than use -f.
.B setblk <n>
Set the tape drive's SCSI block size to <n> bytes. (NOTE: if you are
using your OS's native tape driver, THIS IS EVIL!).
.B fsf <n>
Go forward by <n> tapemarks.
.B bsf <n>
Go to immediately previous the <n>th previous tapemark. (WARNING: This
probably doesn't do what you expect -- e.g. if you are immediately
after a tapemark and type 'bfs 1', it moves to immediately *before*
that tape mark, for a sum total of zero effective movement!).
Go to end of data.
Rewind the tape drive.
Eject the tape currently in the drive.
Does a *short* erase (warning: does NOT work on all drives!).
.B mark <n>
write <n> filemarks ( 'mark 0' flushes the drive's buffers ).
.B seek <n>
Seek to a logical position <n> that was reported by a previous 'tapeinfo'
.B write <blocksize>
write blocks from stdin to the tape. Chunk the data into <blocksize>-sized
chunks. *DOES NOT WRITE OUT A TAPEMARK!* (you will need to use a
.B mark 1
command to write out a tape mark).
.B read [<blocksize>] [ <#blocks/#bytes> ]
read blocks from the tape, write them to stdout. If we are in variable
block mode, <blocksize> should be zero (note: The maximum block size
we currently support in variable block mode is 128K, MAX_READ_SIZE will
need to be turned into a settable variable to allow bigger reads). If
<blocksize> is omitted, we assume that we're in variable block mode, and
that we are going to read from tape until we hit a tapemark or end of
partition or end of tape.
This program was written by Eric Lee Green <firstname.lastname@example.org>.
Major portions of the 'mtxl.c' library used herein were written by
The SCSI read and write routines are based upon those that Richard
Fish wrote for Enhanced Software Technology's BRU 16.1 product,
substantially modified to work in our particular environment (in
particular, all the variable block stuff is new since BRU only does
fixed block reads and writes, and the BRU code uses bitmasks rather
than bitfields for the various flags and such in return values, as
well as the BRU code having a different SCSI API and having variable
names considerably shorter than the rather sesquipedalian 'mtx'
identifiers). As required by 'mtxl.c', these routines are licensed
under the GNU General Public License.
.B cat /proc/scsi/scsi
will tell you what SCSI devices you have.
You can then refer to them as
etc. by the order they
.B camcontrol devlist
will tell you what SCSI devices you
have, along with which
device controls them.
Under Solaris 7 and 8,
.B /usr/sbin/devfsadm -C
will clean up your /devices directory. Then
.B find /devices -name 'st@*' -print
will return a list of all tape drives. /dev on Solaris is apparently only
of historical interest.
.SH BUGS AND LIMITATIONS
.B scsitape read 0 <n>
where you are doing variable-block-size reads and wish for <n> bytes,
it instead reads one and exactly one block from tape and prints that
(no matter what its size). Use 'dd' on the output of scsitape if you
want finer control.
.B scsitape read 0
attempts reads of MAX_READ_SIZE, which is currently 128K. If blocks on tape
are larger than 128K, only the first 128K will be read -- the remainder
will be silently dumped in the toilet.
This program does not interact well (or at all :-) with your OS's
native tape driver. You will likely see weird things happen if you
attempt to intermingle scsitape commands with native tape driver
operations. Note that BRU 16.1 for Solaris (and possibly others, but
Solaris I know about) will have a 'scsi' keyword to bypass the
native tape driver and write via direct uscsi commands, so if you use
\'scsitape\' to bypass the flaws of the native Solaris driver, you can use
BRU 16.1 to write your actual tape archives. (Assuming that BRU 16.1
has been released at the time that you read this).
This version of
is currently being maintained by Robert Nelson <email@example.com>
as part of the 'mtx' suite of programs. The 'mtx' home page is
http://mtx.sourceforge.net and the actual code is currently available there and via
SVN from http://sourceforge.net/projects/mtx.
.SH SEE ALSO
.BR loaderinfo (1), tapeinfo (1), mtx (1)