[K12OSN] Tape backup

Mark Gumprecht gumprechtm at msln.net
Wed Jun 16 16:56:29 UTC 2004

Outstanding! It popped out. "mt -f /dev/nst0 eject" Now I just need to 
figure out webmin backup.

Henry Burroughs wrote:

>>From what I know, you will not see the tape drive listed under fstab. 
>Try running "mt -f /dev/st0 status" and see what it says. It took me a
>while to get my backups running (custom shell script around good ole
>dump)!  Your best friend will probably be "man mt"... I have played
>around with it a little bit (rewinding, ejecting, etc)... so  a good
>test for you would probably be "mt -f /dev/st0 eject" to see if the tape
>ejects... or at least goes "not in use" for you to remove the tape...
>which is what my drive does.
>It being on /dev/st does sound strange... it probably is /dev/st0 and
>also /dev/nst0 (they refer to the same tape device, it just is when you
>use /dev/st0, it will rewind the tape after every operation and
>/dev/nst0 will not... usefully if you are using 2 dumps on a tape and
>don't want the 2nd dump to rewind the tape and overwrite the first!)  I
>sym-linked /dev/tape to /dev/nst0 (no rewind operations... I rewind
>manually/when I need to).
>There was a good explanation on the internet that showed how file
>positions and EOF markers are used, but I can't find it... oh well.
>Henry Burroughs
>>From: Timothy Legge <tlegge at rogers.com>
>>To: Support list for opensource software in schools. <k12osn at redhat.com>
>>Subject: Re: [K12OSN] Tape backup
>>Date: Wed, 16 Jun 2004 12:58:23 -0300
>>On Wed, 2004-06-16 at 12:36, Mark Gumprecht wrote:
>>>I have a dell power edge server with a dlt1 tape drive. I'm running 
>>>Redhat 9.0 with the LTSP 3.1.2 loaded. The install sees the tape drive 
>>>in the hardware browser as dev/st. Not as dev/st0/1/2/3... . Anyone know 
>>>how to get this to be mountable? I checked the /etc/fstab and there is 
>>>no listing for the tape drive and wasn't sure on how to enter it, file 
>>>type and such.
>>For a DDS2 and 4 I have used the information on Amanda at fedoranews. 
>>It works and after a few backups I have been able to recover files.
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Mark Gumprecht 
Data Systems Specialist 
Unity, Maine 04988 
Gumprechtm at msln.net

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