SCO OpenServer 5.05,  "tar: can't open /dev/rct0"

Posted on 1999-07-29
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Last Modified: 2013-12-05
Here is the problem,  I am trying to install a tandberg slr6.  I used mkdev tape.  Everything went fine.  Installed correctly, kernal was rebuilt and system rebooted.

The tape drive is seen on boot up.  Unix thinks it is there. The ids,etc... match up.

Yet, when I try a tar cv8 or tar cvf /dev/rct0  I get the above error.

I have tried changing the buffer size as sco recommended.  I am lost, and don't know what to try.

Question by:kellyjj

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dgrimes earned 400 total points
ID: 2011731
I've seen this problem before with tape setup SCO. It doesn't properly link rct0 to the correct device. Just edit /etc/default/tar and put in the correct device name. Or instead you can tar cvf /dev/device_name. If you are not sure what the correct device name is, just look in the /dev directory - you should be able to figure it out. Is the tape drive a SCSI device? How does it connect to the system? If it is a standard SCSI device, most likely the device name is /dev/rStp0.

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ID: 2011732

   Hello Kellyjj,
 /dev/rct0 is the default device name. Sometimes the default name is not linked properly. Try tar /dev/rStp0
and see if you get a response. Press the delete key to stop a tapedrive in process. This is not a definitive answer , because there are many factors. I'm not familiar with Tandberg slr6; is it a scsi ? Also try /dev/urStp0 and
/dev/nurStp0 as your arguments.

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ID: 2011733
Thanks for your help.  But I found out that the drive isn't supported yet by sco.

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