About This Guide

This guide documents the release and installation of the Tape Management Facility (TMF) release 1.4.7. This release is supported by the hardware and software described in “Software Requirements” in Chapter 2.

The following release and installation topics are provided:

Related Publications

This guide is one of a set of manuals that describes TMF. The following manuals are also in the set:

  • TMF Administrator's Guide

  • TMF User's Guide

If you are using TMF with OpenVault, see the following manual for OpenVault operating and administration information:

  • OpenVault Operator's and Administrator's Guide

TMF Man Pages

In addition to printed and online documentation, several online man pages describe aspects of TMF. Each man page includes a general description of one or more commands, system calls, or other topics, and provides usage details (command syntax, parameters, and so on). Man pages exist for the user commands, devices (special files), file formats, miscellaneous topics, and administration commands. Man page section identifiers appear in parentheses after man page names, as follows:

User commands 


Devices (special files) 


File formats 


Miscellaneous topics 


Administration commands 


You can access these man pages by using the man(1) command as shown in the following example:

% man tmstat

You can print copies of online man pages by using the pipe symbol with the man(1), col(1), and lpr(1) commands. In the following example, these commands are used to print a copy of the tmstat(1) man page:

% man tmstat | col -b | lpr

Obtaining Publications

You can obtain SGI documentation as follows:

  • See the SGI Technical Publications Library at http://docs.sgi.com. Various formats are available. This library contains the most recent and most comprehensive set of online books, release notes, man pages, and other information.

  • If it is installed on your SGI system, you can use InfoSearch, an online tool that provides a more limited set of online books, release notes, and man pages. With an IRIX system, enter infosearch at a command line or select Help -> InfoSearch from the Toolchest.

  • On IRIX systems, you can view release notes by entering either grelnotes or relnotes at a command line.

  • On Linux systems, you can view release notes on your system by accessing the README.txt file for the product. This is usually located in the /usr/share/doc/productname directory, although file locations may vary.

  • You can view man pages by typing man title at a command line.


The following conventions are used throughout this document:




This fixed-space font denotes literal items such as commands, files, routines, path names, signals, messages, and programming language structures.


Italic typeface denotes variable entries and words or concepts being defined.

user input 

This bold, fixed-space font denotes literal items that the user enters in interactive sessions. (Output is shown in nonbold, fixed-space font.)

[ ] 

Brackets enclose optional portions of a command or directive line.


Ellipses indicate that a preceding element can be repeated.


This font denotes the names of graphical user interface (GUI) elements such as windows, screens, dialog boxes, menus, toolbars, icons, buttons, boxes, fields, and lists.

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