SUMMARY : Root filesystem full

From: Saty Desai (
Date: Mon Aug 09 1999 - 09:45:17 CDT

Original Question :


Hope to get some great input..

        I'm doing a backup using tar to a tape..

        After I type # tar cvf /dev/rmt/0 /export/home2/software

        I find that the root file system always fills up. However, I do
        lights on the tape device indicating activity and also see the
        of the tape when I do a tar tvf /dev/rmt/0

        Does anyone have any suggestions on why this is happening.


Solutions :

Thanks to everybody who e-mailed. I've got the summarised solutions
below since there were
numerous responses.

The system was not rebooted withe the boot -r option (reconfiguration
boot) after the tape device
was added. Thus it wasn't visible to the system. The commands mt -f
/dev/rmt/0 failed.
After revoming the entires in the /dev/rmt directory, I did a boot -r
and the tape device was seen.
After that I used tar cvf /dev/rmt/0n to perform a backup of the file
system I desired without rewinding the tape

Thanks again


Saty Desai
Sr. Systems Administrator, Enterprise Technology Center
Oracle Corporation, Atlanta Office
Phone: 770.351.3643 Fax: 770.395.7452
Pager: 888.385.6609
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