MirBSD manpage: rmt(8)

RMT(8)                   BSD 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 ignored.

             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; otherwise
             an error in the standard format is returned. If the read was suc-
             cessful, the data read is then sent.

             Perform an MTIOCOP ioctl(2) command using the specified parame-
             ters. The parameters are interpreted as the ASCII representations
             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

MirBSD #10-current              March 16, 1991                               1

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