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Tape Device Persistent Naming in Oracle Linux 6 (Doc ID 1917234.1)

Last updated on APRIL 23, 2020

Applies to:

Linux OS - Version Oracle Linux 6.4 and later
Oracle Cloud Infrastructure - Version N/A and later
Linux x86
Linux x86-64


On Linux, the device name may get change after reboot. This article illustrates how to configure persistent name binding for the tape device.

There are 2 types of tape devices on Linux i.e.  /dev/st* and /dev/nst*

/dev/stX and /dev/nstX are pointed to a same tape device,  the difference is that /dev/stX is a rewinding device while /dev/nstX is non-rewinding device.

When you perform operations to rewinding devices,  /dev/stX will rewind to beginning of tape, and /dev/nstX would not.


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