Colorado Tape worked w/RH 5.2, not w/RH 6.2

Colorado Tape worked w/RH 5.2, not w/RH 6.2

Post by Jeff Cauhap » Wed, 18 Oct 2000 04:00:00



Okay,

I'm looking for a pointer to where I've gone wrong, or to a USEFUL
FAQ which will help resolve this problem.

Back when I ran RH 5.2 on my 486 box, my Colorado tape unit worked
fine. When I upgraded to 6.0, it stopped working. That wasn't an
issue then, but now I've upgraded to 6.2 and do need to use the
tape drive again.

I've used /sbin/insmod to load the floppy tape driver.

/sbin/lsmod reports:

Module                  Size  Used by
ftape                 106740   0  (unused)
lockd                  31912   1  (autoclean)
sunrpc                 53604   1  (autoclean) [lockd]
ne                      6704   1  (autoclean)
8390                    6136   0  (autoclean) [ne]  

The /var/log/messages file recorded (less time stamps)

ftape v3.04d 25/11/97



    QIC-117 driver for QIC-40/80/3010/3020 floppy tape drives
    Compiled for Linux version 2.2.14-5.0 with versioned symbols
[000] ftape-init.c (ftape_init) - installing QIC-117 floppy tape
hardware drive
... .







[005]   ftape-calibr.c (time_inb) - inb() duration: 2387 nsec.
[006]  ftape-calibr.c (ftape_calibrate) - TC for `ftape_udelay()' =
       2629 nsec (at 2559 counts).
[007]  ftape-calibr.c (ftape_calibrate) - TC for `fdc_wait()' =
       4752 nsec (at 1279 counts).

And ls -l of /dev/*rft* lists

crw-rw----    1 root     disk      27,   4 May  5  1998 /dev/nrft0
crw-rw----    1 root     disk      27,   5 May  5  1998 /dev/nrft1
crw-rw----    1 root     disk      27,   6 May  5  1998 /dev/nrft2
crw-rw----    1 root     disk      27,   7 May  5  1998 /dev/nrft3
crw-rw----    1 root     disk      27,   0 May  5  1998 /dev/rft0
crw-rw----    1 root     disk      27,   1 May  5  1998 /dev/rft1
crw-rw----    1 root     disk      27,   2 May  5  1998 /dev/rft2
crw-rw----    1 root     disk      27,   3 May  5  1998 /dev/rft3

However, when I try to read a tape made under 5.2 with 'tar tvf
/dev/rft0'
(or any other of the above device names), I get the error message

    tar: /dev/rft0: Cannot open: No such device
    tar: Error is not recoverable: exiting now

What obvious thing am I missing?

I've already checked the RH site and not found anything really useful
for this problem. Any comments are appreciated.

Jeff Cauhape

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Colorado Tape worked w/RH 5.2, not w/RH 6.2

Post by Shawn Housto » Wed, 18 Oct 2000 04:00:00



> Okay,

> I'm looking for a pointer to where I've gone wrong, or to a USEFUL
> FAQ which will help resolve this problem.

> Back when I ran RH 5.2 on my 486 box, my Colorado tape unit worked
> fine. When I upgraded to 6.0, it stopped working. That wasn't an
> issue then, but now I've upgraded to 6.2 and do need to use the
> tape drive again.

> I've used /sbin/insmod to load the floppy tape driver.

> /sbin/lsmod reports:

> Module                  Size  Used by
> ftape                 106740   0  (unused)
> lockd                  31912   1  (autoclean)
> sunrpc                 53604   1  (autoclean) [lockd]
> ne                      6704   1  (autoclean)
> 8390                    6136   0  (autoclean) [ne]

> The /var/log/messages file recorded (less time stamps)

> ftape v3.04d 25/11/97



>     QIC-117 driver for QIC-40/80/3010/3020 floppy tape drives
>     Compiled for Linux version 2.2.14-5.0 with versioned symbols
> [000] ftape-init.c (ftape_init) - installing QIC-117 floppy tape
> hardware drive
> ... .







> [005]   ftape-calibr.c (time_inb) - inb() duration: 2387 nsec.
> [006]  ftape-calibr.c (ftape_calibrate) - TC for `ftape_udelay()' =
>        2629 nsec (at 2559 counts).
> [007]  ftape-calibr.c (ftape_calibrate) - TC for `fdc_wait()' =
>        4752 nsec (at 1279 counts).

> And ls -l of /dev/*rft* lists

> crw-rw----    1 root     disk      27,   4 May  5  1998 /dev/nrft0
> crw-rw----    1 root     disk      27,   5 May  5  1998 /dev/nrft1
> crw-rw----    1 root     disk      27,   6 May  5  1998 /dev/nrft2
> crw-rw----    1 root     disk      27,   7 May  5  1998 /dev/nrft3
> crw-rw----    1 root     disk      27,   0 May  5  1998 /dev/rft0
> crw-rw----    1 root     disk      27,   1 May  5  1998 /dev/rft1
> crw-rw----    1 root     disk      27,   2 May  5  1998 /dev/rft2
> crw-rw----    1 root     disk      27,   3 May  5  1998 /dev/rft3

> However, when I try to read a tape made under 5.2 with 'tar tvf
> /dev/rft0'
> (or any other of the above device names), I get the error message

>     tar: /dev/rft0: Cannot open: No such device
>     tar: Error is not recoverable: exiting now

> What obvious thing am I missing?

> I've already checked the RH site and not found anything really useful
> for this problem. Any comments are appreciated.

> Jeff Cauhape

My experiance here is that the ftape module is now dependent on the
zftape module, but nobody bothered to teach the module autoloader this
new trick. I added a new line to /etc/conf.modules:

post-install ftape modprobe zftape

This seems to do the trick quite well. You may need to rmmod ftape if it
is still loaded to force it to reload. Also, running depmod -a after
modifying /etc/conf.modules is recommended.

-Shawn
--

Shawn Houston
mhouston_at_gci.net

 
 
 

Colorado Tape worked w/RH 5.2, not w/RH 6.2

Post by Jeff Moor » Tue, 24 Oct 2000 04:00:00


I have a colorado tape drive also, a T3000 fc-10, and I use redhat 6.0.
I have not gotten it to work yet, but one thing in the howto for ftape
4.04 says to do is:

uninstall ftape and modules from kernel and recompile the new ftape
package with modules and install.

This is what I read but like I said I still havent gotten the thing to
work yet, Im too busy implementing multicast to even play with the
thing.

Jeff Moore