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Checking for write protection on a tape, without writing to it !!!

Posted on 2003-02-20
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Checking for write protection on a tape, without writing to it !!!

Is there anyway of doing this.

I presume the hardware know, but how can you find out??

Thanks for any help.

Question by:simonuk1

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ID: 7987402
Use the tape command with the status argument:

tape status

You might have to supply other info depending on your tape drive.  Read the man page on tape command.

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Depends on your version of Unix.  Check your man pages for the "tape" command as ellsd suggested above.  Some of the unices used "ioctl", "tctl", "tioctl" and I am sure other commands. Also may want to do a "man HW tape" to see if that may reveal any related information. If you are using a third part backup utility check the utility menus or command line switches for anything that may poll the drive for its status.

Good Luck.

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ID: 8002477
We have tried tctl as we run aix , but this only shows the status of the drive, avaliable - etc as it having a tape drive, but nothing about the tape.

Have found a solutiont hat requires using extended libraries.

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