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SubjectRe: 2.4.x end of tape handling error
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>>>>> "Pete" == Pete Zaitcev <zaitcev@redhat.com> writes:

>> I have had reported from a client that they are having problems
>> with backups that span more than one tape. Instead of getting an
>> EOT error or EOM, they are getting an I/O error wich requires the
>> driver to be unloaded and reloaded before the tape will work again.
>>
>> http://www.linuxtapecert.org/ Says that the redhat 2.4.9-34 kernel
>> is the last one that had proper EOT handling. Indeed, if they use
>> the 2.4.9-34 kernel, the tape works properly. Thats not a very good
>> solution however.

Pete> You neglected to mention what kind of tape it is. There are
Pete> several types of tapes, served by a jigsaw puzzle of various
Pete> drivers.

The problem was reported to me on a LTO scsi drive, but they also said
it happened on normal DAT drives. I am trying to get the exact model
and such on that drive.

>> Is this fixed in the latest 2.4.21-pres? How about in 2.5.x?

Pete> Why don't you try and verify it, then let us know? You may be
Pete> the only guy in the world mad enough to use a tape with 2.5.x.
Pete> Please share your valuable expirience.

well, I have a HP dds2 drive here, so was happy to try and duplicate
the problem. Starting with the 2.4.18-24.7.x-i686-smp redhat kernel.

In the interests of getting the problem to occur quickly, I
partitioned the dds2 tape into 2 partitions, the second having only
10mb in it. That doesn't show the problem. I get ENOSPC as expected at
the end of the small partition.

Without partitions if I write more than can fit on a dds2 tape, I get:

...
write(3, "r\342H\\5,\341\235\203\6\245`\264.C\303*\262\27qZ\343\305"..., 10240) = -1 EIO (Input/output error)
write(2, "tar: ", 5) = 5
write(2, "/dev/nst0: Wrote only 0 of 10240"..., 38) = 38
write(2, "\n", 1) = 1
write(2, "tar: ", 5) = 5
write(2, "Error is not recoverable: exitin"..., 37) = 37
write(2, "\n", 1) = 1
munmap(0x4002e000, 4096) = 0
_exit(2) = ?

st0: Error with sense data: Info fld=0x28000, Current st09:00: sense key Medium Error
Additional sense indicates Write error
st0: Error with sense data: Info fld=0x0, Current st09:00: sense key Medium Error
Additional sense indicates Write error
st0: Error on write filemark.
st: Unloaded.

Sounds like it might be this issue:

http://groups.google.com/groups?hl=en&lr=&ie=UTF-8&frame=right&th=85f41070543a0b41&seekm=DHn4y1.49t%40temic-ech.spacenet.de#s

I am trying another test with buffering off to see if that fixes it.
Nope. Tried loading st with everything set to 0, no dice.

Pete> -- Pete

kevin
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