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Old 03-22-2002
That one I am not sure of.

I have only used SCSI TBU's, never an IDE TBU under Unix.

Any ideas, guys?
# 16  
Old 03-24-2002
Smilie Are tape device links not in /dev/rmt/ on freeBSD? Hmmm.

Try using -f with tar... I don't think you can specify a destination device or file name without using -f? I could be wrong, I don't use freeBSD.

tar -cvf /dev/ast0 ~

Because you wern't specifying a device or file name with -f, it chose the default device for the system... aka /dev/rsa0. Check the /etc/default/tar file. It contains device name entries to use with tar. Again, I don't know if this file exists on freeBSD Smilie

Yours probably has an entry like:


You can change the file, or as a safety, always use the -f option.

If you get the "tar: no match" again just specify some file on your machine, ie:

tar -cvf /dev/ast0 /etc/hosts

You can also do some "mt" commands to exercise the device, and check if it's even working.

mt -f /dev/ast0 status

Check the man page for mt to get more information.

Good luck Smilie
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