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Connecting a 9 track tape drive to SCO 5.0.6 - SCO

I have a Proliant 3000 server with a 9 track 6250 bpi tape drive connected over SCSI. the Device id used is /dev/rStp2. However I am not able to do any read/write on the drive. The tape loads, rewinds with the </dev/rStp2 command. dd moves the tape but give 0+0 in and out. Please let me know any furthur step in trouble shooting this. Woudl really appreciate any help Thanks in Advance Sunil...

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    Default Connecting a 9 track tape drive to SCO 5.0.6

    I have a Proliant 3000 server with a 9 track 6250 bpi tape drive
    connected over SCSI.
    the Device id used is /dev/rStp2.
    However I am not able to do any read/write on the drive. The tape
    loads, rewinds with the </dev/rStp2 command.
    dd moves the tape but give 0+0 in and out.
    Please let me know any furthur step in trouble shooting this.
    Woudl really appreciate any help
    Thanks in Advance
    Sunil
    Sunil Guest

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    Default Re: Connecting a 9 track tape drive to SCO 5.0.6

    Sunil <com> wrote: 

    Try:

    dd if=/dev/nrStp2; dd if=/dev/nrStp2

    (probably multiple data sets)

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    Default Re: Connecting a 9 track tape drive to SCO 5.0.6

    Sunil wrote: 

    Writing to 9 track tapes sometimes requires a plastic ring be inserted
    on the reel. This is alternatively known as a write-enable ring or
    write-protect ring, depending on whether you are IBM or not, and I
    forget which way it is.

    Your tape may have been written in EBCDIC.

    Your tape may have EOT at the beginning for some reason - I forh=get the
    reasons why this can happen, perhaps others can jump in.

    Does one dare suggest checking permissions on /dev/rStp2???

    /dev/null Guest

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    Default Re: Connecting a 9 track tape drive to SCO 5.0.6

    In article <JwAhb.255865$ops.asp.att.net>,
    /dev/null <s.p.a.m.ultranet.com> wrote: [/ref]
     

    It is 'write-enable'.

    This brings to mind the story of person who wanted to make sure
    than no one wrote to an important tape so he filled the cut-out
    where the ring was placed with expoxy - so no one could put
    a ring in place. Of course the expoxy acted just as if the
    write-enable ring were in place.


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    Bill Guest

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    Default Re: Connecting a 9 track tape drive to SCO 5.0.6

    Bill Vermillion wrote: 

    Kind of a magic ring then? Sounds like LoTR.

    /dev/null Guest

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