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       mzip - change protection mode and eject disk on Zip/Jaz drive

Note of warning

       This manpage has been automatically generated from mtools's texinfo documentation, and may
       not be entirely accurate or complete.  See the end of this man page for details.


       The mzip command is used to issue ZIP disk specific commands on Linux,  Solaris  or  HPUX.
       Its syntax is:

       mzip [-epqrwx]

       Mzip allows the following command line options:

       e      Ejects the disk.

       f      Force eject even if the disk is mounted (must be given in addition to -e).

       r      Write protect the disk.

       w      Remove write protection.

       p      Password write protect.

       x      Password protect

       u      Temporarily unprotect the disk until it is ejected.  The disk becomes writable, and
              reverts back to its old state when ejected.

       q      Queries the status

       To remove the password, set it to one of the passwordless modes -r or -w: mzip  will  then
       ask  you  for  the password, and unlock the disk.  If you have forgotten the password, you
       can get rid of it by low-level formatting the disk (using your SCSI adaptor's BIOS setup).

       The ZipTools disk shipped with the drive is also password protected.  On Dos or on a  Mac,
       this  password  is  automatically  removed  once  the  ZipTools have been installed.  From
       various articles posted to Usenet, I learned that the  password  for  the  tools  disk  is
       APlaceForYourStuff.   Mzip knows about this password, and tries it first, before prompting
       you for a password.  Thus mzip -w z: unlocks the tools disk.  The tools disk is  formatted
       in  a  special  way  so  as  to  be  usable  both  in a PC and in a Mac.  On a PC, the Mac
       filesystem appears as a hidden file named `partishn.mac'.  You may erase it to reclaim the
       50 Megs of space taken up by the Mac filesystem.


       This  command is a big kludge.  A proper implementation would take a rework of significant
       parts of mtools, but unfortunately I don't have the time for  this  right  now.  The  main
       downside  of  this implementation is that it is inefficient on some architectures (several
       successive calls to mtools, which defeats mtools' caching).

See Also

       Mtools' texinfo doc

Viewing the texi doc

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       footnotes and indices are lost in this translation process.  Indeed, these items  have  no
       appropriate  representation in the manpage format.  Moreover, not all information has been
       translated into the manpage version.  Thus I strongly  advise  you  to  use  the  original
       texinfo doc.  See the end of this manpage for instructions how to view the texinfo doc.

       *      To generate a printable copy from the texinfo doc, run the following commands:

                     ./configure; make dvi; dvips mtools.dvi

       *      To generate a html copy,  run:

                     ./configure; make html

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       *      To generate an info copy (browsable using emacs' info mode), run:

                     ./configure; make info

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