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NetBSD 6.1.5 - man page for mt (netbsd section 1)

MT(1)				   BSD General Commands Manual				    MT(1)

NAME
     mt -- magnetic tape manipulation

SYNOPSIS
     mt [-f tapename] command [count]

DESCRIPTION
     The mt program is used to give commands to a magnetic tape drive.	By default mt performs
     the requested operation once.  Operations may be performed multiple times by specifying
     count.

     Note that tapename must reference a raw (not block) tape device.  If tapename is of the form
     "host:tapename", or "user@host:tapename", mt writes to the named tape device on the remote
     host using rmt(8).

     The rmt(8) process on the remote host is typically initiated via rsh(1), although an alter-
     nate method such as ssh(1) can be specified via the RCMD_CMD environment variable.

     The available commands are listed below.  Only as many characters as are required to
     uniquely identify a command need be specified.

     asf	Move forward count files from the beginning of the tape.  This is accomplished by
		a rewind followed by fsf count.

     eof, weof	Write count end-of-file marks at the current position on the tape.

     fsf	Forward space count files.

     fsr	Forward space count records.

     bsf	Back space count files.

     bsr	Back space count records.

     rewind	Rewind the tape.  (The count is ignored.)

     offline, rewoffl
		Rewind the tape and place the tape unit off-line.  Where supported, this ejects
		the tape.  (The count is ignored.)

     status	Print status information about the tape unit.  (The count is ignored.)

     retension	Retensions the tape.  Not all tape drives support this feature.  (The count is
		ignored.)

     erase	Erases the tape Not all tape drives support this feature.  (The count is
		ignored.)

     eew	Enable or disable early warning EOM behaviour.	Set count to nonzero to enable,
		zero to disable.

     eom	Forward space to the end of recorded media.  (The count is ignored.)

     blocksize, setblk
		Set the tape blocksize to count bytes.	A count of zero sets variable blocksize.

     density, setdensity
		Set the tape density code to count as specified in the SCSI-3 specification.  See
		the DENSITY CODES section for a list of codes for commonly used media types.

     rdspos	Read the logical block position of the tape.  Not all tape drives support this
		feature.  (The count is ignored.)

     rdhpos	Read the hardware block position of the tape.  Not all tape drives support this
		feature.  (The count is ignored.)

     setspos	Set the logical block position of the tape to count.  Not all tape drives support
		this feature.

     sethpos	Set the hardware block position of the tape to count.  Not all tape drives sup-
		port this feature.

     compress	If count is zero, disable compression.	Otherwise enable compression.  Not all
		tape drives support this feature.

     If a tape name is not specified, and the environment variable TAPE is not set, then mt uses
     the device /dev/nrst0.

ENVIRONMENT
     If the following environment variables exist, they are used by mt.

     TAPE	 mt uses device filename given in the TAPE environment variable if the tapename
		 argument is not given.

     RCMD_CMD	 mt will use RCMD_CMD rather than /usr/bin/rsh to invoke rmt(8) on a remote
		 machine.  The full path name must be specified.

FILES
     /dev/rst*	Raw SCSI tape device
     /dev/rmt*	Raw magnetic tape device

EXIT STATUS
     mt returns a 0 exit status when the operation(s) were successful, 1 if the command was
     unrecognized, and 2 if an operation failed.

DENSITY CODES
     The SCSI-3 specification defines a number of density codes for various tape media, some of
     which are listed here.  Note that many tape drive vendors also define model-specific codes.

     Code    Format
     0	     Device default
     1	     1/2" 800 bpi
     2	     1/2" 1600 bpi
     3	     1/2" 6250 bpi
     4	     QIC-11
     5	     QIC-24
     15      QIC-120
     16      QIC-150
     17      QIC-320/525
     18      QIC-1320/1350
     19      DDS
     28      QIC-385M
     29      QIC-410M
     30      QIC-1000C
     31      QIC-2100C
     32      QIC-6GB
     33      QIC-20GB
     34      QIC-2GB
     35      QIC-875M
     36      DDS-2
     37      DDS-3
     38      DDS-4

SEE ALSO
     dd(1), ioctl(2), mtio(4), st(4), environ(7)

HISTORY
     The mt utility appeared in 4.3BSD.

BSD					  March 9, 2008 				      BSD


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