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Tape drives under linux

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I have a tape drive from C-gate which connects to /dev/fd1
floppy controller. How can I make linux rekognize
this tape drive, so I can run backup programs

Thanks.
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by:jeffa072897
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First question, and possibly the answer, did you rebuild the kernel for floppy take support?
If not, you have to do this first.
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First question, and possibly the answer, did you rebuild the kernel for floppy take support?
If not, you have to do this first.
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Part 2 - I hit the wrong button.
After rebuilding the kernel.
When the kernel boots you shold get a message about ftape or rft device being found.
go to /dev and make a static link from the device found to a new device named tape (i.e. ln -s rft1 tape).
Now the Linux tar, mt, etc. utilities should work usinf the default device which is /dev/tape.
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demiurg earned 50 total points
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Compile the kernel with appropriate options and
read the Ftape HOWTO - or maybe read the HOWTO first,
to be sure that your tape is supported.
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by:ikaplan
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I have floppy tape compiled under the kernel,
however, during booting, it is not found
I also have ftape support compiled in the kernel.
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