Tape retensioning

Conor P. Cahill cpcahil at virtech.uucp
Mon Jan 8 23:00:12 AEST 1990

In article <1990Jan6.063506.8670 at actrix.co.nz>, paul at actrix.co.nz (Paul Gillingwater) writes:
> Hi,
> I just got my 150 Mb tape drive running under ISC 386/ix 2.0.2.
> I wanted to retension some new tapes, prior to using them for data.
> So, i tried the Xenix command:
> 	tape reten
> But I couldn't find anything like this for ISC.  The man(8) page
> only gave me details of the driver, but no info on simple
> utilities for tape handling.  So, I whipped up a 7 line C program
> that simply used the ioclt for a TAPE_RETEN (see tape(8)).

If you would have used the permuted index to look up the word "tape" you 
would have found the following entry:

	tapecntl:  tape control for QIC-24/QIC-02 tape device

And looking there (on the tapecntl(1) man page) you would have seen 
options to erase, retention, reset, rewind, and position on the 
tape drive.

Sounds like what you are looking for.  (Yes I know that you have a QIC-150
tape drive, but the ioctl commands should be the same for both).
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