Cannot Read: Input/Output Error When Tar List Empty Tape Device

(Doc ID 1305140.1)

Last updated on MARCH 08, 2017

Applies to:

Linux OS - Version: Oracle Linux 5.3 and later   [Release: OL5U3 and later ]
Information in this document applies to any platform.

Symptoms

When attempting to use tar command list a tape device, it reports error as below
#tar -tvf /dev/st0
tar: /dev/st0: Cannot open: Input/output error
tar: Error is not recoverable: exiting now

Cause

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