Tape drive

David Kelly dkelly at HiWAAY.net
Fri Sep 3 11:05:32 PDT 2004

On Sep 3, 2004, at 11:56 AM, Joe Stuart wrote:

> I'm trying to backup to tape, but everything I try I get device not
> configured.
> tar -c /home/joe
> tar: /dev/sa0: Cannot open: Device not configured
> mt -f /dev/sa0 rewind
> mt: /dev/sa0: Device not configured
> The device is on and loaded with tapes. Below is the output that is in
> the messages log when the server boots, so I'm assuming the server sees
> the tape drive alright. Any help is appreciated.

"tapes" plural? Its a jukebox/changer? If so then the problem is that 
you haven't completed the process to cause a tape to load in the drive. 
Can't help other than recommending the man page for ch(4).

I have a similar Archive SCSI DAT drive which produces the same "Device 
not configured" message when a tape is not loaded, or not yet ready 
after being inserted.

David Kelly N4HHE, dkelly at HiWAAY.net
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