Douglas Gilbert announced the 1.02 release of the sdparm utility. Originally written for Linux, it has also been ported to FreeBSD, Solaris, Tru64 and Windows. Douglas described the program:
"sdparm is a command line utility designed to get and set SCSI device parameters (cf hdparm for ATA disks). The parameters are held in mode pages. Apart from SCSI devices (e.g. disks, tapes and enclosures) sdparm can be used on any device that uses a SCSI command set. Almost all CD/DVD drives use the SCSI MMC set irrespective of the transport. sdparm also can decode VPD pages including the device identification page. Commands to start and stop the media; load and unload removable media and some other housekeeping functions are supported."