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Install special files for tape drive

 
Jerry L. Sims
Frequent Advisor

Install special files for tape drive

B.11.11 9000/800/A500-7X

Hello All,

Should "insf -C tape -e" install the special
special files on my system?

jlsims@scif.com
4 REPLIES 4
A. Clay Stephenson
Acclaimed Contributor

Re: Install special files for tape drive

Yes, but you need to make sure that any needed tape drivers (e.g. stape) are "In" the kernel; that the devices are powered-up; and that an ioscan -f has been done before the insf command so that any devices have been found.
If it ain't broke, I can fix that.
Sanjay_6
Honored Contributor

Re: Install special files for tape drive

Hi,

if you have the driver installed, insf -e does the trick.

Do an ioscan and if you see the tape device over there and it is shown as claimed, insf should create the device files and you should be able to access the drive using them.

Hope this helps.

Regds
Sundar_7
Honored Contributor

Re: Install special files for tape drive

ioscan should be run before insf. ioscan will recognize the device. insf can create the device files.
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Bill Hassell
Honored Contributor

Re: Install special files for tape drive

insf -e will scan all the devices that have been recognized by the kernel since the last boot or run of the ioscan command (without the -k option). ioscan -fC tape will show you the hardware that exists on your system but it will be unknown if there is no driver. To see if the device drivers have been created, use ioscan -fnC tape. You'll see the device files under each tape device.


Bill Hassell, sysadmin