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vdump error

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Narayanan_2
Advisor

vdump error

I keep getting this error:
vdump: unable to write to device ; [5] I/O error
vdump: unable to prompt input for retry on device; [25] Not a typewriter
Is this a tape or tape drive problem?
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Mobeen_1
Esteemed Contributor

Re: vdump error

Narayanan,
Try the "mt status" and see what you get. It looks very likely that there is an issue with your tape drive and it needs to be replaced by HP.

Let us know the outcome

regards
Mobeen
Michael Schulte zur Sur
Honored Contributor
Solution

Re: vdump error

Hi,

use a cleaning tape several times, take a new tape. If problem consists, it is likely a hardware problem. What tape drive do you have?

greetings,

Michael
Mohamed K Ahmed
Trusted Contributor

Re: vdump error

What is the comand for the vdump?
what are the name of the tape drives that you have?

mt command without any name for the tape drive assumes the default and looks for the nrmt0h

if you have the tape drive not as nrmt0h (check with scu scan edt all and scu show edt all), then you have to use vdump -f /dev/nrmtxh where x is the tape drive number

Mohamed
Ravi_8
Honored Contributor

Re: vdump error

Hi,

/dev/nrmt0h corresponds to tape drive,

check with "mt status" command
never give up
Mohamed K Ahmed
Trusted Contributor

Re: vdump error

Ravi,
Tape drives could be named anything, the default is /dev/nrmt0h, but you can have nrmt1h and nrmt2h and so on.......

Narayanan,
what are the names of the tape drives that you have??

Mohamed
Narayanan_2
Advisor

Re: vdump error

Thanks all. The error was caused by dirty tape drive. After cleaning, it was ok.