gentapes - Produces magnetic tape distribution media
/usr/bin/gentapes [-w | -v] [hostname:] prodID devname
-w Writes the product media without verification. Do not use the -w option
with the -v option.
-v 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 gen-
tapes utility writes and then verifies the product media.
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 pro-
duct 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 no-rewind 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:
1. Determines the media code (TK or MT) for the specified tape device.
2. Appends the media code to the product code specified on the command
3. Searches the kit descriptor database for the combined product code and
media code. The default kit descriptor database is the /etc/kitcap
4. Copies files and subsets specified in the kit description to the
5. 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 this utility.
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
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
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: hostname root.
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