PARTIAL SUMMARY - What is file /dev/nrst9 ?

From: Liz Marlow (
Date: Wed Nov 12 1997 - 11:10:48 CST

Hi All

Thanks for all the replies I received - I haven't recieved my copy of the question yet!

Thanks in the order they arrived go to:-
        Tim Evans <>
        "Borba, Wilter" <>
        Casper Dik <casper@holland.Sun.COM>
        System Administrator <> (Dirk Jansen)
        "martha.crocker" <>
        Matthew Stier <>`
        Art Schoenstadt <0085P@VM1.CC.NPS.NAVY.MIL>
        Rich Kulawiec <>
        Gerald Combs - Unicom Communications <>
        "Michael R. Zika" <>

The first problem was relativly simple, I'll quote Tim as he was the first to reply:-

Someone made a typo in doing a backup and directed it to "/dev/nrst9:-"
instead of "/dev/nrst9". The backup was directed to this file,
rather than to the tape drive represented by the correct devname.

You can remove it. Be careful with future backups. If you're using
a backup script, check it to make sure the typo isn't in the script.

The second problem I've had a couple of suggestions for

Bob Hoffnam said:-
/etc/mnttab contains the status of every mounted device. It sounds like the
automounter expected to find a line with dev=28c0066 in that file and did not.

Art Schoenstadt said:-
      The second message is one we see a lot. My lead sysadmin says
that he contacted Sun Solve, and this is a known bug. (And apparently
not a high priority one.) We're still trying to understand it!

I'll send another summary when I've figurred it out.

Many thanks to all

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