I'm using a Travan drive on Linux (Debian/Sarge). The drive does not
accept setblk:

# mt -f /dev/nst0 status
drive type = Generic SCSI-2 tape
drive status = 1207960064
sense key error = 0
residue count = 0
file number = 0
block number = 0
Tape block size 512 bytes. Density code 0x48 (unknown).
Soft error count since last status=0
General status bits on (41010000):

from dmesg:
hdc: Seagate STT3401A, ATAPI TAPE drive
SCSI subsystem driver Revision: 1.00
hdc: attached ide-scsi driver.
scsi0 : SCSI host adapter emulation for IDE ATAPI devices
  Vendor: Seagate   Model: STT3401A          Rev: 310A
  Type:   Sequential-Access                  ANSI SCSI revision: 02

# flexbackup -newtape

flexbackup version 1.2.1 (http://flexbackup.sourceforge.net)
/etc/flexbackup.conf syntax OK

| Checking 'buffer' on this machine... Ok
| Checking /bin/sh on this machine... bash1
| Trying "mt defblksize" instead of "mt setblk"
Error setting block size
Neither of these commands worked:
  mt -f /dev/nst0 setblk 0
  mt -f /dev/nst0 defblksize 0

I have no problems to perform 'rewind', 'erase' or 'retension' commands
via 'mt' on '/dev/nst0'

Is there a real chance to use flexbackup with this drive?


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