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RedHat 9/HP DLT80

Jyh-Shyong Ho
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RedHat 9/HP DLT80

After several failed attempts to connect a HP SureStore DLT80 tape drive to Windows2000 Professional, now I am working on RedHat9 system. I have been successful in installing RedHat9 with Tekram SCSI driver and have the kernel recognizes the DLT tape drive as st0. Here are the lines in dmesg list which indicate that the tape drive is there:
DC395x (TRM-S1040): 1 adapters found
scsi0 : Tekram DC395U/UW/F DC315/U V1.41, 2002-06-21
Vendor: QUANTUM Model: DLT8000 Rev: 0250
Type: Sequential-Access ANSI SCSI revision: 02
Journalled Block Device driver loaded
st: Version 20020805, bufsize 32768, wrt 30720, max init. bufs 4, s/g segs 16
Attached scsi tape st0 at scsi0, channel 0, id 4, lun 0

I have put a DLT tape in the tape drive.
Now the problem is what to do next? I tried several tar commands:
tar tf /dev/st0
tar --list --file=/dev/st0
etc., but all failed, some commands even make the system hang.
I suspect that something is still missing, perhaps the DLT tape drive itself requires a Linux driver installed?
Any suggestion and help is appreciated.

Jyh-Shyong Ho