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Command to get tape capacity status?



Hello to all:

I have an Overland tape library connected, via SCSI card, to an out-of-box, full install of CentOS 5 install on an old PC.

I have a script that uses tar to archive data to tape and mtx to change tapes. What I don't know, if possible, is to obtain the status of how much tape is left in the drive. If I get a write failure, I'd like to know if the tape is bad or has run out of space.

I know of bacula, amanda, and other backup methods, but I prefer to use the simplest options possible, mainly because if a hard drive failure occurs, which has happened at the last minute, I can take the original CentOS 5 media from CD, install it, and get back up and running in no time.

So, any way to inquire remaining tape status and [estimated] capacity?

Thanks.

Scott


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