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TAPEINFO(1)									      TAPEINFO(1)

NAME
       tapeinfo - report SCSI tape device info

SYNOPSIS
       tapeinfo -f <scsi-generic-device>

DESCRIPTION
       The tapeinfo command reads various information from SCSI tape drives that is not generally
       available via most vendors' tape drivers. It issues raw	commands  directly  to	the  tape
       drive,  using  either the operating system's SCSI generic device ( e.g. /dev/sg0 on Linux,
       /dev/pass0 on FreeBSD) or the raw SCSI I/O ioctl on a tape device on some  operating  sys-
       tems.

       One  good  time to use 'tapeinfo' is immediately after a tape i/o operation has failed. On
       tape drives that support HP's  'tapealert'  API,  'tapeinfo'  will  report  a  more  exact
       description of what went wrong.

       Do  be  aware  that 'tapeinfo' is not a substitute for your operating system's own 'mt' or
       similar tape driver control program. It is intended to supplement, not  replace,  programs
       like 'mt' that access your operating system's tape driver in order to report or set infor-
       mation.

OPTIONS
       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 start  at  /dev/sg0  under	FreeBSD  these	start  at
       /dev/pass0).

       Under  FreeBSD,	'camcontrol devlist' will tell you what SCSI devices you have, along with
       which 'pass' device controls them. Under Linux, "cat /proc/scsi/scsi" will tell	you  what
       SCSI devices you have.

BUGS AND LIMITATIONS
       This  program has only been tested on Linux with a limited number of tape drives (HP DDS4,
       Seagate AIT).

AVAILABILITY
       tapeinfo is  currently  being  maintained  by  Robert  Nelson  <robertnelson@users.source-
       forge.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.

SEE ALSO
       mt(1),mtx(1),scsitape(1),scsieject(1),loaderinfo(1)

					   TAPEINFO1.0				      TAPEINFO(1)
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