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TAPEINFO(1)									      TAPEINFO(1)

       tapeinfo - report SCSI tape device info

       tapeinfo -f <scsi-generic-device>

       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-

       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-

       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

       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.

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

       tapeinfo is currently being maintained by Eric Lee  Green  <eric@badtux.org>  formerly  of
       Enhanced  Software Technologies Inc. The 'mtx' home page is http://mtx.sourceforge.net and
       the  actual  code  is  currently  available  there  and	via   CVS   from   http://source-
       forge.net/projects/mtx/ .


					   TAPEINFO1.0				      TAPEINFO(1)
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