This directory contains two programs;
stinit, used for
dealing with Linux-specific tape-drive handling.
The project was authored and is copyright by Kai Mäkisara
(Kai.Makisara@kolumbus.fi), and since version 1.2 is maintained by
Iustin Pop (email@example.com). For copyright information, see the
For more information, bug reports and the source code repository, please see the project homepage at https://github.com/iustin/mt-st.
mt is basically a "standard" mt with additional commands to send the
ioctls specific to the Linux SCSI tape driver. The source supports all
SCSI tape ioctls up to kernel version 2.6.0 but it can also be
compiled in kernels >= 2.0.x (and hopefully with 1.2.x). Although this
mt program is tailored for SCSI tapes, it can also be used with other
Linux tape drivers using the same ioctls (some of the commands may not
work with all drivers).
stinit is meant for initializing of SCSI tape drive modes
at system startup, when the tape driver module is loaded, or when new
tape drivers are initialized using:
echo "scsi add-single-device x y z v" >/proc/scsi/scsi
or (with 2.6 kernels):
echo "y z v" > /sys/class/scsi_host/hostx/scan
- is wild card for 2.6).
The parameters used in initialization of a tape drive are fetched from a text file. The parameter file is indexed by the inquiry data returned by the drive, i.e., the parameters are defined by the drive manufacturer, model, etc. This means that the initialization for a drive does not depend on its hardware address. A similar method is used by most Unices either within the kernel or outside the kernel.
The contents of the configuration file and the command line parameters
are defined in the man page
stinit.8. A sample configuration file
stinit.def.examples is included in this distribution. It can be used
as example when writing descriptions for the tape drives in a
system. NOTE that the examples by no means specify what are the
"correct" parameters for different types of devices.
The program is configured for maximum of 32 tapes and 4 modes (the
default Linux configuration). If the kernel is configured for
different number of tape modes, the definitions
stinit.c should be configured accordingly. (With 8 bit
NBR_MODES * MAX_TAPES == 128.)
README.md: This file.
CHANGELOG.md: Changes between versions.
COPYING: The GNU Public License
Makefile: Makefile for programs
mt.c: The mt source
mt.1: The man page for mt
mtio.h: The tape command definitions
stinit.c: The stinit source
stinit.8: The man page for stinit
stinit.def.examples: example configurations for different devices
- review the makefile