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Date:      Thu, 19 Mar 2009 14:18:50 -0400 (EDT)
From:      "Michael L. Squires" <mikes@siralan.org>
To:        Jaime <jaime@snowmoon.com>
Cc:        freebsd-questions@freebsd.org
Subject:   Re: Formatting a tape?
Message-ID:  <20090319141433.F24611@familysquires.net>
In-Reply-To: <ae4324ed0903190915u5a9ac68fw170f38354323e72e@mail.gmail.com>
References:  <ae4324ed0903190915u5a9ac68fw170f38354323e72e@mail.gmail.com>

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Have you looked at /var/log/messages?  I've found error messages written 
there when trying to write to a tape which showed that I needed to change 
the block size.

I've used DLT tapes with a variety of SCSI controllers from 4.X to 6.X, 
and don't remember having to change anything to use "tar cvf /dev/sa0 *".

Those were DLTIII/DLTIII+/DLT40 tape.  I'm 
currently using AIT3 tapes in an Overland library which works very well.

Mike Squires



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