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March 19th, 2009, 21:08
I've just installed a tape drive on my FreeBSD 7.1 machine. I'm trying to figure out if it even detected it or not.
Could somebody please give me some pointers? :)
March 20th, 2009, 05:55
How is the tape drive attached to the system?
Can you post your /var/run/dmesg.boot file, assuming you've booted the system with the tape drive attached?
March 20th, 2009, 19:29
Check out the mt man page to find out how tape drives will show up in FreeBSD.
March 20th, 2009, 21:33
Someone pointing me to the mt program was the help I needed. I'm new to UNIX but I'm slowly learning my way around.
It's my understanding now that IDE tape drives aren't supported for FreeBSD.
Am I wrong?
Buying a SCSI tape drive isn't a practical solution for me so my only option might be building a windows machine for the job. :(
March 20th, 2009, 21:42
IDE tape drives should be handled by atapist . . . which does not seem to have a corresponding man page . . .
AHA! It is under ata(4). They appear to show up as /dev/ast*
And, I (having never owned, nor tried to use, an ata tape drive) have no idea what utility would best interface. does mt barf? dd?
March 21st, 2009, 00:43
It's a Seagate Travan 40. I'm going to give it a second shot with the info Fronclynne provided.
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