Bug 206296

Summary: mt - write protect is not reported in status
Product: Base System Reporter: andrew
Component: miscAssignee: freebsd-bugs mailing list <bugs>
Status: New ---    
Severity: Affects Some People    
Priority: ---    
Version: 10.2-RELEASE   
Hardware: Any   
OS: Any   

Description andrew 2016-01-15 20:58:29 UTC
The mt command does not show the "write protect" status of a tape. This would presumably apply to other devices that support write protection, but I cannot test for that. 

You cannot write to write protected tapes (see BID9933), and get an error if you try - but it is very hard to find the error message if you tar to a write protected tape using a remote login, and if you use a changer remotely, this is seriously hard to debug! 

So two bugs (possibly feature requests):

1) mt -f /dev/sa0 status
# Should report "Write protected" or "Write enabled" as appropriate
# I tried to implement this myself, but I think it might be easier for someone else to do it!

2) tar c -f /dev/sa0 file
# should write "Error: target is Write protected" to stderr
# which presumably requires significant design effort, as both cam and tar
# would need changes.