mt

Control magnetic tape drive operation (commonly LTO tape).

TLDR

Check the status of a tape drive

$ mt -f [/dev/nstX] status
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Rewind the tape to beginning
$ mt -f [/dev/nstX] rewind
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Move forward a given files, then position the tape on first block of next file
$ mt -f [/dev/nstX] fsf [count]
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Rewind the tape, then position the tape at beginning of the given file
$ mt -f [/dev/nstX] asf [count]
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Position the tape at the end of valid data
$ mt -f [/dev/nstX] eod
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Rewind the tape and unload/eject it
$ mt -f [/dev/nstX] eject
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Write EOF (End-of-file) mark at the current position
$ mt -f [/dev/nstX} eof
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