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Practical Linux by Bill Ball, John Ray, Michael Turner, M. Drew Streib

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Adding a Tape Drive

Numerous tape drives are supported by Linux through the ftape and st tape modules. The ftape module is a device driver used to support floppy-controller tape drives or removable backup devices, whereas the st module supports SCSI tape devices. Both modules are automatically loaded and unloaded by the kmod system daemon when needed during tape operation.

Generally speaking, although nearly all SCSI and floppy-controller tape drives should work with modern Linux kernels, version 2.0 and up, many high-speed or parallel-port tapes might not. Check the Hardware-HOWTO or Ftape-HOWTO pages to see whether your tape drive and interface are supported. The Linux HOWTO pages are typically installed under /usr/doc or /usr/share/doc. Check ...

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