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SCSITAPE(1)									      SCSITAPE(1)

       scsitape - control SCSI tape devices

       scsitape [-f <scsi-generic-device>] commands

       The  scsitape  command controls SCSI tape drives in a platform-independent manner. As long
       as 'mtx' works on the platform, so does 'scsitape'.

       Note that 'scsitape' and your OS's native tape driver may stomp on each other. In particu-
       lar,  if  you  use 'setblk' and your OS's native tape driver has a different notion of the
       block size, you may get evil results.  It is recommended to use 'scsitape' only for  soft-
       ware  where  you've  written  your own low-level READ and WRITE routines that use the SCSI
       command set to directly talk to tape drives (i.e., you do not use  the  OS's  native  tape
       driver at all).

       The  first argument, given following -f , is the SCSI generic device corresponding to your
       tape drive.  Consult your operating system's documentation for more information (for exam-
       ple,  under  Linux these are generally /dev/sg0 through /dev/sg15, under FreeBSD these are
       /dev/pass0 through /dev/passX. Under Solaris this is usually the same as your  tape  drive
       (Solaris has a SCSI passthrough ioctl). You can set the STAPE or TAPE environment variable
       rather than use -f.

       setblk <n>
		 Set the tape drive's SCSI block size to <n> bytes. (NOTE: if you are using  your
		 OS's native tape driver, THIS IS EVIL!).

       fsf <n>	 Go forward by <n> tapemarks.

       bsf <n>	 Go  to immediately previous the <n>th previous tapemark. (WARNING: This probably
		 doesn't do what you expect -- e.g. if you are immediately after a  tapemark  and
		 type  'bfs  1', it moves to immediately *before* that tape mark, for a sum total
		 of zero effective movement!).

       eod	 Go to end of data.

       rewind	 Rewind the tape drive.

       eject	 Eject the tape currently in the drive.

       erase	 Does a *short* erase (warning: does NOT work on all drives!).

       mark <n>
		  write <n> filemarks ( 'mark 0' flushes the drive's buffers ).

       seek <n>  Seek to a logical position <n> that was reported by a previous  'tapeinfo'  com-

       write <blocksize>
		 write	blocks	from  stdin  to  the  tape. Chunk the data into <blocksize>-sized
		 chunks. *DOES NOT WRITE OUT A TAPEMARK!* (you will need to use a subsequent mark
		 1 command to write out a tape mark).

       read [<blocksize>] [ <#blocks/#bytes> ]
		 read  blocks  from  the  tape, write them to stdout. If we are in variable block
		 mode, <blocksize> should be zero (note: The maximum block size we currently sup-
		 port in variable block mode is 128K, MAX_READ_SIZE will need to be turned into a
		 settable variable to allow bigger reads). If <blocksize> is ommitted, we  assume
		 that we're in variable block mode, and that we are going to read from tape until
		 we hit a tapemark or end of partition or end of tape.

       This program was written by Eric Lee  Green  <eric@badtux.org>.	 Major	portions  of  the
       'mtxl.c' library used herein were written by Leonard Zubkoff.

       The SCSI read and write routines are based upon those that Richard Fish wrote for Enhanced
       Software Technology's BRU 16.1 product, substantially modified to work in  our  particular
       environment  (in particular, all the variable block stuff is new since BRU only does fixed
       block reads and writes, and the BRU code uses bitmasks rather than bitfields for the vari-
       ous  flags  and such in return values, as well as the BRU code having a different SCSI API
       and having variable names considerably shorter than the rather sesquipedalian 'mtx'  iden-
       tifiers).  As required by 'mtxl.c', these routines are licensed under the GNU General Pub-
       lic License.

       Under Linux, cat /proc/scsi/scsi will tell you what SCSI devices you have.  You	can  then
       refer to them as /dev/sga, /dev/sgb, etc. by the order they are reported.

       Under  FreeBSD,	camcontrol  devlist  will tell you what SCSI devices you have, along with
       which pass device controls them.

       Under Solaris 7 and 8, /usr/sbin/devfsadm -C will clean up your /devices  directory.  Then
       find  /devices  -name 'st@*' -print will return a list of all tape drives. /dev on Solaris
       is apparently only of historical interest.

       for scsitape read 0 <n> where  you are doing variable-block-size reads and  wish  for  <n>
       bytes,  it  instead  reads  one and exactly one block from tape and prints that (no matter
       what its size). Use 'dd' on the output of scsitape if you want finer control.

       scsitape read 0 attempts reads of MAX_READ_SIZE, which is currently  128K.  If  blocks  on
       tape  are  larger  than	128K,  only  the first 128K will be read -- the remainder will be
       silently dumped in the toilet.

       This program does not interact well (or at all :-) with your OS's native tape driver.  You
       will  likely  see weird things happen if you attempt to intermingle scsitape commands with
       native tape driver operations. Note that BRU 16.1 for Solaris (and  possibly  others,  but
       Solaris	I  know  about)  will  have a 'scsi' keyword to bypass the native tape driver and
       write via direct uscsi commands, so if you use 'scsitape'  to  bypass  the  flaws  of  the
       native  Solaris driver, you can use BRU 16.1 to write your actual tape archives. (Assuming
       that BRU 16.1 has been released at the time that you read this).

       This version of scsitape is  currently  being  maintained  by  Robert  Nelson  <robertnel-
       son@users.sourceforge.net>  as part of the 'mtx' suite of programs. The 'mtx' home page is
       http://mtx.sourceforge.net and the actual code is currently available there  and  via  SVN
       from http://sourceforge.net/projects/mtx.


					   SCSITAPE1.0				      SCSITAPE(1)
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