SCSI tape question

Chuck Guzis cclist at
Fri Dec 12 12:41:50 CST 2014

On 12/12/2014 09:48 AM, Al Kossow wrote:

> This is bringing back a lot of bad memories..
> You may want to look at
> and John Wilson's tapeio routines

I've seen those, but encountered issues with them and decided the only 
route was to roll my own. Nothing new--I simply went back to my old 
production code that I wrote around 1990 to handle SCSI tape drives in 
general (DDS, DLT, SLT) and resurrected some things.

But, like a lot of code, my old code worked with tape of *known* format. 
  Working with completely unknown formats has been interesting, to say 
the least.

Thankfully, I've been spared the issue of "long" tapes--that is, tapes 
with physical blocks longer than 65KB--I know they're out there, though.


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