Report What Tape is in Autoloader Mailslot (using Barcode Label)

mtx -f /dev/sg13 status | grep EXPORT | cut -c 56-63
This reports directly using mtx what Tape is in the mailslot (Import/Export tray) on most autoloaders. You will need to change /dev/sg13 to your autloader device file and adjust the 63 at the end to your tape label character length(ie 63 for 8 characters 64 for 9 characters)
Sample Output
S00009L3

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By: JamesyBoi
2009-12-18 04:21:51

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