help: tar hangs system; reboot required
I've been finding that tar (to a tape) is hanging the system. "tar" to
a file works fine.
The hang always comes at the start of the process before the anything is
written to the tape. It's a hard hang ^C doesn't work and a system
reboot is required. Even "init 0" from a console hangs after announcing
"unmounting foreign files".
There also seems to be some correlation with the size of files in the
first tape block. Things freeze up if a large file (size > 1 tape
is encountered at the start of the process.. There is no apparent
device activity, so I don't think this first block is even being sent
to the device.
My configuration is:
debian: sid (and yes, I know what "unstable" means)
platform: Mac 8500 (old world firmware)
tape: Tecmar Travan NS20 on external SCSI
Things work find when running MacOS.
Has anyone else encountered similar problems?
Does anyone have any debugging advice?