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OK, nearly there Nov. 13th, 2007 12:09 pm
Tape drive mounting, recognised, mt'd, tar'd to and from, and all good.

However I still don't understand the difference between /dev/st0, st0a, st0l, st0m - can anyone explain? Everything I find online just makes obscure reference to 'modes'.

The st/nst thing I get, though.

Thanks

From: babysimon
Date: November 13th, 2007 - 12:27 pm (Link)
I have to admit I don't know what I'm talking about here, but I went and googled because I was curious.

I think the modes can be whatever you want. man stinit to find out how to configure them. I can only assume that in the past there were 4 predefined modes hence the random assortment of letters.

The one time I did tape backup on Linux I just used /dev/st0 and hoped for the best. This area truly seems to be a horror.
From: azekeil
Date: November 13th, 2007 - 02:32 pm (Link)
Certainly for the old scsi tape drives, the choice of devices with different letters on the end simply give you the choice of rewinding the tape before writing to it, rewinding the tape after writing to it, compressed mode, high density mode, etc. man mt should give you some more information.
From: babysimon
Date: November 13th, 2007 - 02:35 pm (Link)
It should, yes. But doesn't (mt-st 0.9b-4).

And to be fair it does give a bunch of information, just not what those device names mean.
From: azekeil
Date: November 13th, 2007 - 02:40 pm (Link)
It seems tapeinfo should give you the right information, see this manpage. Generically, the device names should be as on this page.
From: webcowgirl
Date: November 13th, 2007 - 12:37 pm (Link)
While I can't understand a word you're saying, you sure do look cute in that picture.