RMT(8) OpenBSD System Manager's Manual RMT(8)
rmt - remote magtape protocol module
rmt is a program used by the remote dump and restore programs in manipu-
lating a magnetic tape drive through an interprocess communication con-
nection. rmt is normally started up with an rcmd(3) or rcmdsh(3) call.
The rmt program accepts requests specific to the manipulation of magnetic
tapes, performs the commands, then responds with a status indication.
All responses are in ASCII and in one of two forms. Successful commands
have responses of:
number is an ASCII representation of a decimal number. Unsuccessful com-
mands are responded to with:
error-number is one of the possible error numbers described in intro(2)
and error-message is the corresponding error string as printed from a
call to perror(3). The protocol is comprised of the following commands,
which are sent as indicated - no spaces are supplied between the command
and its arguments, or between its arguments, and `\n' indicates that a
newline should be supplied:
Open the specified device using the indicated mode. device is a
full pathname and mode is an ASCII representation of a decimal
number suitable for passing to open(2). If a device had already
been opened, it is closed before a new open is performed.
Close the currently open device. The device specified is ig-
Perform an lseek(2) operation using the specified parameters.
The response value is that returned from the lseek call.
Write data onto the open device. rmt reads count bytes from the
connection, aborting if a premature end-of-file is encountered.
The response value is that returned from the write(2) call.
Read count bytes of data from the open device. If count exceeds
the size of the data buffer (10 kilobytes), it is truncated to
the data buffer size. rmt then performs the requested read(2)
and responds with Acount-read\n if the read was successful; oth-
erwise an error in the standard format is returned. If the read
was successful, the data read is then sent.
Perform an MTIOCOP ioctl(2) command using the specified parame-
ters. The parameters are interpreted as the ASCII representa-
tions of the decimal values to place in the mt_op and mt_count
fields of the structure used in the ioctl() call. The return
value is the count parameter when the operation is successful.
S Return the status of the open device, as obtained with a MTIOCGET
ioctl(2) call. If the operation was successful, an ``ack'' is
sent with the size of the status buffer, then the status buffer
is sent (in binary).
Any other command causes rmt to exit.
All responses are of the form described above.
rcmd(3), rcmdsh(3), mtio(4), rdump(8), rrestore(8)
The rmt command appeared in 4.2BSD.
People tempted to use this for a remote file access protocol are discour-
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