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Re: DAT drive headaches



On Monday 13 December 2004 11:02, Jon Hill wrote:
> Hi
>
> I am running Core 2 with a SCSI Controller INITIO INIC 1060P and HP DDS-4
> C5683A DAT drive. I really want to try and get my backup routines sorted
> for Christmas but I am struggling with some errors when creating TAR
> archives.
>
> the result from mt -f /dev/st0 status is
> SCSI 2 tape drive:
> File number=-1, block number=-1, partition=0.
> Tape block size 0 bytes. Density code 0x0 (default).
> Soft error count since last status=0
> General status bits on (50000):
>  DR_OPEN IM_REP_EN
>
> I am getting a lot of the following error messages.
>
> tar: /dev/st0: Cannot read: Input/output error
> tar: Skipping to next header
> tar: Archive contains obsolescent base-64 headers
> tar: /dev/st0: Cannot read: Input/output error
>
> On previous attempts (before I manually set the block size), I was seeing a
> lot of these
> st0: error 70000 (sugg. bt 0x0, driver bt 0x0, host bt 0x7). inia100:13 0
>
> Can anyone give me some pointers that might help solve this?
>

1) what are the permissions on the device?
2) sample tar command? -- I have found that sometimes hw and sw compression at 
the same time is an issue, and generally use one or the other.


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