Note: Currently NetBSD support only single drive configurations. Most of the cables I have seen are for single drives anyhow.
To use QIC-36/QIC-02 on NetBSD you need the driver "wt". It is activated by uncomment the corresponding line in the kernel config file (you have to adjust the ressources to match your setup):
wt0 at isa? port 0x280 irq 5 drq 1 # Archive and Wangtek QIC tape drives
This driver can reconfigure some SMC network cards if they are located in the specified I/O address space!
After compiling, installing and running the new kernel, a message like this should be written to the syslog (and/or the console):
May 5 11:47:13 Server1 /netbsd: wt0 at isa0 port 0x280-0x281 irq 5 drq 1: type <Wangtek>
The following device files are used:
crw-rw---- 1 root operator 10, 4 Feb 5 19:50 /dev/nrwt0 crw-rw---- 1 root operator 10, 20 Feb 5 19:50 /dev/nrwt16 crw-rw---- 1 root operator 10, 12 Feb 5 19:50 /dev/nrwt8 crw-rw---- 1 root operator 10, 0 Feb 5 19:50 /dev/rwt0 crw-rw---- 1 root operator 10, 16 May 5 20:21 /dev/rwt16 crw-rw---- 1 root operator 10, 8 Feb 5 19:50 /dev/rwt8 ^ ^ Major Minor
The first block are non-rewinding devices and the last block are rewinding devices.
Create a symlink with the name "/dev/tape" that points to one of these files (for convenience) like that:
ln -s /dev/nrwt16 /dev/tape
Now things are set up and ready. After inserting media in the drive you can do a:
Now the drive can be used like any other tape drive, but some things should be noticed:
tar -cvf - /datatosave/* | buffer > /dev/tape cat /dev/tape | buffer | tar -xvf -
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