Re: ftape problem
You might trying specifying a block size when you issue the tar command.
On my system, the output of "ftmt -f /dev/ftape status" gives me the block-size
the tape drive is expecting, which I then specify with tar. This fixed for me
the tar problem you described below.
Hope this helps,
- Tim Metz
> Originally, I thought I had a SCSI tape drive because that was what I
> ordered (silly me), but I discovered that what I thought was a SCSI card is
> really a floppy controller card (FC-20). I removed it because I could not
> get any response from it, and connected the tape drive to the floppy cable.
> I downloaded ftape. The only change I made in the MCONFIG file was to
> select CONFIG_M586=y (The machine is a pre-MMX P-166).
> "make" and "make install" seemed to run without any problems. As
> instructed, I typed "modprobe zftape ; modeprobe zft-compressor", and then
> went on to "Testing the Driver".
> "ftmt -f /dev/qft0 status" recognized that it is a Colorado 1400 tape
> drive, and printed a bunch of stuff.
> "ftmt -f /dev/nqft0 reten" seemed to work ok also. When I tried "tar -cvf
> /dev/nqft0 ./ftape/zftape/", it printed some of the file names on the
> screen, and then just stopped. After about 20 minutes, I killed the
> process. It did not appear to write anything to the tape.
> Next, I tried "ftmt -f /dev/nqft0 rewind". It appeared to rewind the tape,
> but I did not get the $ prompt back, and ps -a shows the process still
> running. The process did not die until I removed the tape. The "ftmt -f
> /dev/qft0 status" command does not print anything, and seems to just hang
> also. Kill only worked after I removed the tape. The "status" command
> worked again after I used the "reset" command.
> I checked the ftape website, but did not find anything helpful. I have a
> Colorado 1400 tape drive connected to my Debian Linux server 2.0.6. I
> downloaded ftape just last week.
> Chris Oddo
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