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MSL5026 linux (suse) utility for moving cartridges?

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emanuele lombardi
Occasional Contributor

MSL5026 linux (suse) utility for moving cartridges?

I used for years my MSL5026 attached to a Tru64 cluster and I was used to use the MRU ROBOT utility to move cartridges up and down using command line (and cron of course!)

#robot move slot 10 drive 0

Now I attached the same MSL5026 to a new HP DL585 G2 running SLES 10 (which is a supported OS) and I can't any more move cartridges from command line (nor cron of course!)

This is a real pity because I'm not any more able to make automatic (cron) night time backups.

The only way I know to manage the MSL5026 from linux is by means of "hp StorageWorks library and tape tools (ltt)" but it doesn't help for unattended backups since ltt is interactive.

I think it's really strange that a very nice HP tape library can't be fully managed from an HP server running an HP supported O.S. !

Can anybody help me?
Thank you very much from Italy,

Rob Leadbeater
Honored Contributor

Re: MSL5026 linux (suse) utility for moving cartridges?

Hi Emanuele,

Take a look at mtx

I know the webpage above mentions DDS libraries, however a bit of Googling around seems to suggest that this will also handle the MSL libraries.

Hope this helps,


emanuele lombardi
Occasional Contributor

Re: MSL5026 linux (suse) utility for moving cartridges?

As Rob suggested mtx is the command I was looking for.
mtx is easily downloadable using SLES online update and it works very well.

thank you Rob!

#mtx -f /dev/sg0 status

Storage Changer /dev/sg0:1 Drives, 25 Slots ( 1 Import/Export )
Data Transfer Element 0:Full (Storage Element 1 Loaded):VolumeTag = HDR650
Storage Element 1:Empty
Storage Element 2:Full :VolumeTag=HDR651
Storage Element 3:Full :VolumeTag=HDR652
Storage Element 4:Full :VolumeTag=HDR653
Storage Element 5:Full :VolumeTag=HDR654
Storage Element 6:Full :VolumeTag=HDR659
Storage Element 7:Full :VolumeTag=HDR658
Storage Element 8:Full :VolumeTag=HDR657
Storage Element 9:Full :VolumeTag=HDR656
Storage Element 10:Full :VolumeTag=HDR655
Storage Element 11:Full :VolumeTag=HDR660
Storage Element 12:Full :VolumeTag=HDR661
Storage Element 13:Full :VolumeTag=HDR662
Storage Element 14:Full :VolumeTag=HDR663
Storage Element 15:Full :VolumeTag=HDR664
Storage Element 16:Full :VolumeTag=HDR665
Storage Element 17:Full :VolumeTag=HDR666
Storage Element 18:Full :VolumeTag=HDR667
Storage Element 19:Full :VolumeTag=HDR668
Storage Element 20:Full :VolumeTag=HDR669
Storage Element 21:Full :VolumeTag=HDR673
Storage Element 22:Full :VolumeTag=HDR672
Storage Element 23:Full :VolumeTag=HDR671
Storage Element 24:Full :VolumeTag=HDR670
Storage Element 25 IMPORT/EXPORT:Empty