SUMMARY Reading dump tapes

From: Niall O Broin (
Date: Thu Jun 05 1997 - 07:34:17 CDT

Problem : I wanted to read old dump tapes with multiple dumps. I tried to do
something like restore ; what ; mt fsf; . . . but I had problems with this
approach. I could make it work by doing restore; mt rewind; restore skip etc.
but this is slow. Some people suggested using mt's asf option which might well
have done the trick but the bouquet goes to Dave Mitchell of Fretwell-Downing
Data Systems <> who supplied a C program which does exactly
what I want and is much faster than my scripted restore solution. As is my
practice, I won't post the code to save everyone's bandwidth, but if anyone wants
it please mail me - I'll collect the requests and mail the code to those who are

Kindest regards,

Niall O Broin

UNIX Network Administrator
Ground Systems Engineering Department Ph./Fax +49 6151 90 3619/2179
European Space Operations Centre, Darmstadt, Germany

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