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Tar: tape error (5)

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Tar: tape error (5)

Hello All,

I continously receive the follwoing error:
"Tar: tape error (5)"
When attempting to extract files from DDS4 tape.
Command used to place files on tape:
tar -cvf /dev/rmt/0mn /u00

Command used to extract files from tape:
tar -xvf /dev/rmt/0m /u00

Pleae advise, I have cleaned the tape drive,
and checked my cable connections. I will restore different amount of files, each time I try.

Jerry Sims
Steven E. Protter
Exalted Contributor

Re: Tar: tape error (5)

Could be a bad tape.

Could be a hardware issue with the tape drive itself.

ioscan -fnC tape

Make sure it shows up claimed, It probably is.

try firing up cstm, mstm or xstm and run some diagnostics on the tape device. The hardware may need replacement.

Also, try extracting files off a different tape, to rule out or in a tape problem.

Steven E Protter
Owner of ISN Corporation
Hoang Chi Cong_1
Honored Contributor

Re: Tar: tape error (5)

Hi Jerry

Why don't you use 0mn instead of 0m?
As you said you can tar the /u00 to the tape so that I recommend use:
First, rewind the tape:
mt -f /dev/rmt/0mn -rew
tar -xvf /dev/rmt/0mn /u00

Yes, you should try to restore in a different directory....

Hoang Chi Cong
Looking for a special chance.......
Tony Scully_2
Valued Contributor

Re: Tar: tape error (5)


Was the data written to the tape from the same server you are trying to restore to? I think err number 5 is a checksum error, so pretty much a catch all error. Are you certain that the tar to write the tape suceeded, as Steven mentioned, wel worth trying to write another tape to eliminate the drive itself.
You CAN do that on HP
Bill Hassell
Honored Contributor

Re: Tar: tape error (5)

Error 5 is Unix errno 5, which is always a hardware error. For tapes, it means that the tape drive was unable to read the data sucessfully. It means that there is a bad spot on the tape. There isn't much you can do other than using a cleaning tape and trying again. tar has no error recovery mechanism so all files beyond the bad spot are lost. If a different number of files are restored each time and cleaning does not help, it's time to replace the drive.

Bill Hassell, sysadmin
Super Advisor

Re: Tar: tape error (5)

Hello all,

Thanks for all the information. I found the problem, I forgot to put my terminator
on. tar extraction works fine.
Tony Scully_2
Valued Contributor

Re: Tar: tape error (5)

I've done that a few times!

You CAN do that on HP