Set the tape drives SCSI block size to <n> bytes. (NOTE: if you are
using your OSs native tape driver, THIS IS EVIL!).
|fsf <n>||Go forward by <n> tapemarks.|
|bsf <n>||Go to immediately previous the <n>th previous tapemark. (WARNING: This probably doesnt do what you expect -- e.g. if you are immediately after a tapemark and type bfs 1, it moves to immediately *before* that tape mark, for a sum total of zero effective movement!).|
|eod||Go to end of data.|
|rewind||Rewind the tape drive.|
|eject||Eject the tape currently in the drive.|
|erase||Does a *short* erase (warning: does NOT work on all drives!).|
|mark <n>||write <n> filemarks ( mark 0 flushes the drives buffers ).|
|seek <n>||Seek to a logical position <n> that was reported by a previous tapeinfo command.|
|write blocks from stdin to the tape. Chunk the data into <blocksize>-sized chunks. *DOES NOT WRITE OUT A TAPEMARK!* (you will need to use a subsequent mark 1 command to write out a tape mark).|
|read [<blocksize>] [ <#blocks/#bytes> ]|
read blocks from the tape, write them to stdout. If we are in variable
block mode, <blocksize> should be zero (note: The maximum block size
we currently support in variable block mode is 128K, MAX_READ_SIZE will
need to be turned into a settable variable to allow bigger reads). If
<blocksize> is ommitted, we assume that were in variable block mode, and
that we are going to read from tape until we hit a tapemark or end of
partition or end of tape.
This program was written by Eric Lee Green <firstname.lastname@example.org>. Major portions of the mtxl.c library used herein were written by Leonard Zubkoff.
The SCSI read and write routines are based upon those that Richard Fish wrote for Enhanced Software Technologys BRU 16.1 product, substantially modified to work in our particular environment (in particular, all the variable block stuff is new since BRU only does fixed block reads and writes, and the BRU code uses bitmasks rather than bitfields for the various flags and such in return values, as well as the BRU code having a different SCSI API and having variable names considerably shorter than the rather sesquipedalian mtx identifiers). As required by mtxl.c, these routines are licensed under the GNU General Public License.
Under Linux, cat /proc/scsi/scsi will tell you what SCSI devices you have. You can then refer to them as /dev/sga, /dev/sgb, etc. by the order they are reported.
Under FreeBSD, camcontrol devlist will tell you what SCSI devices you have, along with which pass device controls them.
Under Solaris 7 and 8, /usr/sbin/devfsadm -C will clean up your /devices directory. Then find /devices -name st@* -print will return a list of all tape drives. /dev on Solaris is apparently only of historical interest.
for scsitape read 0 <n> where you are doing variable-block-size reads and wish for <n> bytes, it instead reads one and exactly one block from tape and prints that (no matter what its size). Use dd on the output of scsitape if you want finer control.
scsitape read 0 attempts reads of MAX_READ_SIZE, which is currently 128K. If blocks on tape are larger than 128K, only the first 128K will be read -- the remainder will be silently dumped in the toilet.
This program does not interact well (or at all :-) with your OSs native tape driver. You will likely see weird things happen if you attempt to intermingle scsitape commands with native tape driver operations. Note that BRU 16.1 for Solaris (and possibly others, but Solaris I know about) will have a scsi keyword to bypass the native tape driver and write via direct uscsi commands, so if you use 'scsitape' to bypass the flaws of the native Solaris driver, you can use BRU 16.1 to write your actual tape archives. (Assuming that BRU 16.1 has been released at the time that you read this).
This version of scsitape is currently being maintained by Robert Nelson <email@example.com> as part of the mtx suite of programs. The mtx home page is http://mtx.sourceforge.net and the actual code is currently available there and via SVN from http://sourceforge.net/projects/mtx.