Formatting a tape?

Michael L. Squires mikes at
Thu Mar 19 11:57:59 PDT 2009

Have you looked at /var/log/messages?  I've found error messages written 
there when trying to write to a tape which showed that I needed to change 
the block size.

I've used DLT tapes with a variety of SCSI controllers from 4.X to 6.X, 
and don't remember having to change anything to use "tar cvf /dev/sa0 *".

Those were DLTIII/DLTIII+/DLT40 tape.  I'm 
currently using AIT3 tapes in an Overland library which works very well.

Mike Squires

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