Newbie: Touchy Travan tape drive rewind problem

Bill Campbell freebsd at
Wed Nov 12 10:48:43 PST 2003

On Wed, Nov 12, 2003, Christophe wrote:
>I've installed FreeBSD 4.9-RELEASE on a Dell 400SC with an ATA Travan 
>tape drive, accessing it through /dev/ast0.  On linear writing 
>operations, it works great... but there appears to be some kind of 
>timeout problem on rewind:

A good general rule about using the Travan tape drives is -- don't.

We used them for about a year until they started giving all kinds of wierd
problems that appeared to be hardware related, timeouts, not able to read
tapes after they were written, etc.

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