[rescue] Solaris 10 (Sparc) SCSI tape problem

Bob rjtoegel at verizon.net
Sat Aug 21 17:04:00 CDT 2010

   I know you'll probably get better (and more correct) advice but I seem
   to recall on some Sun machines it looks for a tape as SCSI ID 4.  At
   least everything I hooked a tape drive to found it if I set it to 4.  I
   could be totally wrong but it's worth a try.
   Aug 21, 2010 02:53:59 PM, rescue at sunhelp.org wrote:

     >I have here a Sun V210 with a week-and-a-half-old Solaris 10
     >and an external IBM Ultrium TD2 LTO2 drive. The drive is known
     >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
     >disks on it. The cable is known good; it was previously connecting
     >of minbar's two 711s. At boot time, an OpenBoot probe-scsi-all
     >correctly detects and identifies the tape drive, at SCSI ID 8,
     >sort of implies the external SCSI port is working. A strings
     listing on
     >the st driver confirms that it specifically knows about ULTRIUM TD2
     >However, *once Solaris is booted*, nothing I can do will make
     >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
     >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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