How to determine if tape drive needs cleaning

How to determine if tape drive needs cleaning

Post by Albert Hopki » Wed, 02 Feb 2000 04:00:00



We have an AIX box that has a DDS3 tape drive.  Every now and then the
box emails root saying that the tape drive needs cleaning.  I was just
wondering how it worked since I'd like my Linux boxen to email me when
their tape drives need cleaning.  Is that in the SCSI protocol or
something that can be interpreted from mt?

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Albert Hopkins
Sr. Systems Specialist
Dynacare, Inc

 
 
 

How to determine if tape drive needs cleaning

Post by Michael Mitchel » Wed, 02 Feb 2000 04:00:00



> We have an AIX box that has a DDS3 tape drive.  Every now and then the
> box emails root saying that the tape drive needs cleaning.  I was just
> wondering how it worked since I'd like my Linux boxen to email me when
> their tape drives need cleaning.  Is that in the SCSI protocol or
> something that can be interpreted from mt?

It probably generates one after a set number of operations(backups) are
run.

BackupExec on our NT box keeps track of the device cleanings.  I have
never
heard of a protocol or standard to query a DAT drive for whether it's
dirty
or not.  I don't see how it could possibly work.

 
 
 

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