View Full Version : amtapetype taking 24hrs+

November 20th, 2006, 09:15 PM
Hey guys,

just wondering if anybody knows why it has taken 24 hours so far to complete the amtapetype command and still hasnt completed!

the tape drive i am using is a HP Surestore dat 40 C5687, and the command i used to initiate amtapetype is:

amtapetype -f /dev/st0 -e 40 -o

Thanks in advance,


November 21st, 2006, 09:55 AM
That does seem excessive. The doc (http://wiki.zmanda.com/index.php/Tapetype_definitions) say 5-8 hours.

I don't have that particular drive but it does run a long time, assuming all is right with your hardware and setup.

Message from amtapetype (http://wiki.zmanda.com/index.php/Amtapetype):
Estimated time to write 2 * 12288 Mbyte: 22656 sec = 6 h 17 min

Do you see a similar message. It comes out pretty quick.

There is more info here (http://amanda.sourceforge.net/fom-serve/cache/45.html), at the Amanda Faq-O-Matic on tapetype for various devices.

In your command example, shouldn't the device be nst0 (nonrewinding) and not st0.

Do you see any error messages in the system log?

November 21st, 2006, 02:09 PM

-e parameter is incorrect. You should use a good estimate. If you use a small value, you will write lot of files.

Try amtapetype -e 40g ... Use a large value for estimated size.