Reading DLT tapes with very large block sizes.
Michael C Voorhis
mvoorhis at cs.wpi.edu
Thu Sep 22 02:31:09 UTC 2011
I've been given a set of DLT tapes written with data in fixed 8Mb
blocks. I have been unable to convince any OS to read these tapes,
and yet I need to read them.
Most tape drivers refuse to work with block sizes that are even a
fraction of this blocksize. The tapes were created on a Linux machine
several years ago using the AMANDA tape backup system.
Can anyone offer davice on how I might go about reading these tapes.
I'm fine with patching code and installing an altered sa driver, but I
lack sufficient knowledge of how the scsi tape driver functions. I'm
entirely willing and able to build a machine specifically to read
Any help, clues, guidance, etc would be wonderful.
(mvoorhis at cs.wpi.edu)
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