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I am trying to test if a tape is inserted at the top of my script
on HP-UX 10.20 as the script will fail, I think 'mt' is the only
way can you help with the syntax?

if /usr/bin/mt -t /dev/rmt/0m rew
        then echo "continue" <- then i want this to continue on with the rest of script..........                      
fi                              
else echo "no tape in drive";exit                

.....REST of Script
......
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by:ahoffmann
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#! /bin/csh -f

mt -t /dev/rmt/0m rew
if ($status != 0) then
    echo "no tape in drive"
    exit 1
endif

# keep in mind that this is not realy true,
# we can say if mt returns 0 it then rewinded the tape
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by:gormenghast
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Hi
You have the same question posted twice -- delete the other one.

Here is a section of a script I use myself which is the same as ahoffmans answer but it sounds an alarm to let someone know the tape needs changing and then continues with the rest of the script, once there is a tape in the drive.

tape=/dev/rmt/1lbn
echo "$tape\n\n\n" >> $log
YN=x
until [ $YN = y ]
      do
      mt -f ${tape} status
      stat=$?
      if [ $stat = 1 ]
      then
            echo "PUT ${tapeReq} TAPE IN DRIVE "> /dev/console
            /app/bin/play -v100 /usr/demo/SOUND/sounds/doorbell.au
            sleep 3
            echo
            YN=n
            else
            YN=y
            echo TAPE OK > /dev/console
            /usr/bin/mt -f ${tape} status > /dev/console
      fi
done

 
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by:ahoffmann
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gormenghast, I actually only have HP-UX 9.x and this has a
very purly version of mt: not status command :-(
Has this changed for HP-UX 10.x ?
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by:gormenghast
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Hi ahoffman
Im afraid I don't know about HP-UX, as I use Solaris 2.x on SUN Sparcs. The mt commands available are:

eof, weof, fsf, fsr, bsf, bsr, nbsf, asf eom, rewind, offline, rewoffl, status, retension, erase.

A general UNIX sysadmin book I have (Essential System Administration -- O'Reilly) talks about "standard UNIX" providing the mt command and mentions status and goes on to say that the Solaris version of mt includes an asf subcommand. So possibly a newer version of HP-Ux would include the status command.
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by:ahoffmann
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hmm, that's one of the standards which every vendor interprets
himself (HP in this case)-:  they just all have mt, that's all.
HP-UX's mt is completely different from other UNIXs, it has no
status command, and all others are 3-leter mnemonics.
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by:red031197
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this is fine but one slight prob. I wanted to append by exsisting backup script which is #! /sbin/sh?????
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#! /bin/sh

     mt -t /dev/rmt/0m rew
     if [ $? -ne 0 ]; then
         echo "no tape in drive"
         exit 1
     fi
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by:red031197
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~Thanks my good man

note: it has to /sbin/sh on HP-UX as now user in single user
this is a posix shell on hp-ux 10.20
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~Thanks my good man

note: it has to /sbin/sh on HP-UX as now usr in single user
this is a posix shell on hp-ux 10.20
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