gentapes - Produces magnetic tape distribution media
/usr/bin/gentapes [-w | -v] [hostname:] prodID devname
Writes the product media without verification. Do not use
the -w option with the -v option. Verifies the product
media without writing it first. This assumes that you have
already written kit files to the distribution media. Do
not use the -v option with the -w option.
The -w and -v options are mutually exclusive. If neither
is used, the gentapes utility writes and then verifies the
The optional hostname: argument is the name of a remote
network machine that contains the kit descriptor database.
The gentapes utility searches the kit descriptor database
on the remote machine for the kit identifier (prodID[TK|MT])
and uses it to create the media. The colon
(:) is a required delimiter for TCP/IP networks, and space
is permitted between the colon and the prodID. For example,
if the product code is OAT100 and you are using the
kit descriptor database on node mynode, use mynode:OAT100
for this option. The mandatory prodID operand is a kit
identifier consisting of the product code and version number
specified in the CODE and VERS fields of the kit's key
file. Refer to the Guide to Preparing Product Kits for
information about the key file. The mandatory devname
operand specifies the device special file name for a norewind
tape device such as /dev/ntape/tape0l. The gentapes
utility uses the default tape density for the device and
ignores any suffix specified on the command line.
Use the gentapes utility to produce MT9 or TK50 magnetic
tape distribution media. The gentapes utility performs the
following tasks: Determines the media code (TK or MT) for
the specified tape device. Appends the media code to the
product code specified on the command line. Searches the
kit descriptor database for the combined product code and
media code. The default kit descriptor database is the
/etc/kitcap file. Copies files and subsets specified in
the kit description to the distribution media. If you
specified verification, rewinds and reads the tape, using
the sum utility to verify file transfer accuracy. Refer
to the sum(1) reference page for more information about
If you do not use either of the -w or -v options, the gentapes
utility writes and then verifies the product media.
The gentapes utility can produce multivolume tape kits and
multiproduct tape kits. See the kitcap(4) reference page
for information on specifying these features.
You must have root privileges to run this program. If you
use the optional hostname operand, you must have root
privileges to access files on the remote host.
If you do not use the optional hostname operand, you can
access the files used by the gentapes utility only if you
add the local hostname to the local /.rhosts file, as follows:
The -w and -v options are mutually exclusive.
Device special files for no-rewind tape devices Default
kit descriptor database
Commands: gendisk(1), sum(1)
Guide to Preparing Product Kits
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