[rescue] Solaris 10 (Sparc) SCSI tape problem

Jonathan Katz jon at jonworld.com
Sat Aug 21 14:21:53 CDT 2010

Isn't there an st.conf or tapes.conf where you need to enter tape geomety?

Sent from my iPhone, pardon the typos!
Jonathan Katz

On Aug 21, 2010, at 14:53, Phil Stracchino <alaric at metrocast.net> wrote:

> Folks,
> I have here a Sun V210 with a week-and-a-half-old Solaris 10 install,
> and an external IBM Ultrium TD2 LTO2 drive.  The drive is known good;
> I've been using it for full backups for nearly a year now.  The SCSI
> controller is known good; the V210 boots off a ZFS mirrored pair of 36G
> disks on it.  The cable is known good; it was previously connecting one
> of minbar's two 711s.  At boot time, an OpenBoot probe-scsi-all
> correctly detects and identifies the tape drive, at SCSI ID 8, which
> sort of implies the external SCSI port is working.  A strings listing on
> the st driver confirms that it specifically knows about ULTRIUM TD2 drives.
> However, *once Solaris is booted*, nothing I can do will make Solaris
> see the tape drive.  I've booted -rv, twice, trying to get any nodes
> created in /dev/rmt; I've tried both tapes and devfsadm, with and
> without manually loading the st module first, with and without
> power-cycling the tape drive first, at least half a dozen times in every
> combination I can think of.  /dev/rmt remains stubbornly empty.  I'm
> drawing a complete blank.
> Am I missing something obvious?  Can anyone give me any pointers on
> getting Solaris to see the drive?
> -- 
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