dump/restore indexing question

Jerry McAllister jerrymc at clunix.cl.msu.edu
Mon Oct 25 13:17:47 PDT 2004

> I have freebsd 4.10 on one of my production servers. 
> I have been using the dump/restore combo to backup my drive, and I run a 
> nightly dump -9 on the /home partition, and most of the dump -9s are 
> dumped to a single tape since I don't have daily acs to swap the tapes 
> more than once a month or so.
> I'm wondering if there is a utility that can index the dumps on a tape 
> and list the time/date for each dump on the tape.  I looked through the 
> dump/restore/mt  man pages, google'd, and looked though the ports 
> without much luck. 

Well, you could do a 'restore -t' on the tape and pipe the output to a file.
You would have to reposition the tape and then run the restore on it.
Then you might have to sort it to suit yourself.

Lack of a good index feature is a major deficiency of dump/restore from 
my point of view.

Also, I hope you do an occasional dump 0 and not all just dump 9.


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