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.
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