Command to get tape capacity status?

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Hello to all:

I have an Overland tape library connected, via SCSI card, to an out-of-box, full install of CentOS 5 install on an old PC.
I have a script that uses tar to archive data to tape and mtx to change tapes.
What I don't know, if possible, is to obtain the status of how much tape is
left in the drive. If I get a write failure, I'd like to know if the tape is
bad or has run out of space.
I know of bacula, amanda, and other backup methods, but I prefer to use the
simplest options possible, mainly because if a hard drive failure occurs, which
has happened at the last minute, I can take the original CentOS 5 media from
CD, install it, and get back up and running in no time.
So, any way to inquire remaining tape status and [estimated] capacity?

Thanks.

Scott


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