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NAME

rmt - remote magnetic tape server

SYNOPSIS

rmt

DESCRIPTION

Rmt provides remote access to files and devices for tar(1), cpio(1), and similar backup utilities. It is normally called by running rsh(1) or ssh(1) to the remote machine, optionally using a different login name if one is supplied.
The calling program communicates with rmt by sending requests on its standard input and reading replies from the standard output. A request consists of a request letter followed by an argument (if required) and a newline character. Additional data, if any, are sent after the newline. On success, rmt returns

Anumber\n
where number is an ASCII representation of a decimal return code. Additional data are returned after this line. On error, the following response is returned:

Eerrno\nerror-message\n
where errno is one of the system error codes, as described in errno(3), and error-message is a one-line human-readable description of the error, as printed by perror(3).
Available commands and possible responses are discussed in detail in the subsequent section.

COMMANDS

Odevice\nflags\n
Opens the device with given flags. If a device had already been opened, it is closed before opening the new one.
 
Arguments
device
The name of the device to open.
flags
Flags for open(2): a decimal number, or any valid O_* constant from fcntl.h (the initial O_ may be omitted), or a bitwise or (using |) of any number of these, e.g.:
576
64|512
CREAT|TRUNC
    
In addition, a combined form is also allowed, i.e. a decimal mode followed by its symbolic representation. In this case the symbolic representation is given preference.
 
Reply
A0\n on success.
 
Extensions
BSD version allows only decimal number as flags.
C[device]\n
Close the currently open device.
Arguments
 
Any arguments are silently ignored.
Reply
 
A0\n on success.
Lwhence\noffset\n
Performs an lseek(2) on the currently open device with the specified parameters.
Arguments
whence
Where to measure offset from. Valid values are:
 
	0, SET, SEEK_SET	seek from the file beginning
	1, CUR, SEEK_CUR	seek from the current location
	2, END, SEEK_END	seek from the file end
    
Reply
 
Aoffset\n on success. The offset is the new offset in file.
Extensions
BSD version allows only 0,1,2 as whence.
Rcount\n
 
Read count bytes of data from the current device.
Arguments
count
number of bytes to read.
Reply
 
On success:
 

Ardcount\n
 
followed by rdcount bytes of data read from the device.
Wcount\n
Writes data onto the current device. The command is followed by count bytes of input data.
Arguments
count
Number of bytes to write.
Reply
 
On success: Awrcount\n, where wrcount is the number of bytes actually written.
Iopcode\ncount\n
Perform a MTIOCOP ioctl(2) command with the specified paramedters.
Arguments
opcode
MTIOCOP operation code.
count
mt_count.
Reply
 
On success: A0\n.
S\n
Returns the status of the currently open device, as obtained from a MTIOCGET ioctl(2) call.
Arguments
 
None
Reply
 
On success: Acount\n followed by count bytes of data.

SEE ALSO

tar(1).

BUGS

Using this utility as a general-purpose remote file access tool is discouraged.

BUG REPORTS

Report bugs to <bug-tar@gnu.org>.

HISTORY

The rmt command appeared in 4.2BSD. The GNU rmt is written from scratch, using the BSD specification.

COPYRIGHT

Copyright © 2013 Free Software Foundation, Inc.
 
License GPLv3+: GNU GPL version 3 or later <http://gnu.org/licenses/gpl.html>
 
This is free software: you are free to change and redistribute it. There is NO WARRANTY, to the extent permitted by law.
January 27, 2014 RMT