Red Hat Bugzilla – Bug 289381
"mt status" attempts to use /dev/tape, as a device, when it's a directory
Last modified: 2014-08-31 19:28:43 EDT
Description of problem:
The default tape device for mt is "/dev/tape", which is a directory in
rawhide. You have to manually specify "mt -f /dev/tape/by-id/* status"
or "mt -f /dev/nst0 status" for it to work.
Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):
Steps to Reproduce:
1.install a tape drive
2.run "mt status"
/dev/tape: Inappropriate ioctl for device
SCSI 2 tape drive:
File number=0, block number=0, partition=0.
Tape block size 512 bytes. Density code 0x31 (AIT-2).
Soft error count since last status=0
General status bits on (41010000):
BOT ONLINE IM_REP_EN
I would add that this change broke some scripts of ours. Also an earlier
change of the semantics so that /dev/tape (now /dev/tape-nst0) became non-
rewinding, which used to be the role of /dev/ntape (which was removed
altogether) broke some scripts. I don't understand the reason for these
changes, since the previous arrangement was working fine for decades, and the
distinction between rewinding and non-rewinding devices was useful.
Sorry for the rant, but the impact of changes like this on people's admin
scripts should be considered before they are implemented.
Based on the date this bug was created, it appears to have been reported
during the development of Fedora 8. In order to refocus our efforts as
a project we are changing the version of this bug to '8'.
If this bug still exists in rawhide, please change the version back to
(If you're unable to change the bug's version, add a comment to the bug
and someone will change it for you.)
Thanks for your help and we apologize for the interruption.
The process we're following is outlined here:
We will be following the process here:
http://fedoraproject.org/wiki/BugZappers/HouseKeeping to ensure this
doesn't happen again.
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As described in the bug #460265 the primary cause for this behavior is how udev is handling the tape devices.