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SubjectRe: IDE Tape Drives
Hi Juan,

I have done everything I could do for this drive in the 2.2 series; this
tape is definitely not standard IDE tape drive, and before the latest
kernels we couldn't talk to it. We are now in the stage in which we can:

(1) Issue commands and read the drive's responses.
(2) perform a short (just a few megabytes) backup/restore.

(the crash when compiling the module statically in the kernel is easy
to fix -- the tape only responds with its capabilities when a media
is inserted and loaded by the drive, and the kernel probably booted
before that.)

I believe that we'll get it supported under Linux eventually, but
this might be a long process.


> Hi Folks -
> I am sorry to disturb your kernel development activities but I am having
> major problems with a Sony SuperStation IDE drive I recently purchased. Is
> this drive supported by the Linux kernel? Is support for it broken in the
> 2.2.1 series of kernels? I currently use RedHat 5.2 that has been
> customized to support kernel 2.2.1. If I compile the IDE/Tape as a loadable
> module at run time I am able to store and retrieve small amounts of data but
> trying to store large amounts of data will always result in lots of I/O
> errors. Moreover, if I compile the IDE/Tape module statically into the
> kernel and try to backup anything I will immediately get a kernel panic and
> the whole system locks up solid. At this point I usually end up having to
> hit the reset button to regain control of my workstation.
> I had the ftape module working for a while but after I installed this drive
> I removed support for it. Is there something else apart from ATAPI/TAPE
> support that needs to be compiled into the kernel for this to work?
> I really could use some help with this. I have emailed the author of
> ide-tape.c but have not received any response yet so I figured here was the
> best place to ask for help.
> Thank You.
> Juan Casero
> Email:
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