USB removable drive as dump device?

Norberto Meijome freebsd at
Wed Jan 18 04:37:13 PST 2006

Mike Loiterman wrote:
> Using 6.0-RELEASE
> I'm trying to use a USB removable drive as a dump device.
> The issue is when I try to dump to the device:
> # dump 0uafL /dev/da0 / 

I think this is telling dump to treat /dev/da0 as a normal file, which 
it isn't. it makes sense to say /dev/[your_tape_device] , as you don't 
dump to a file in the tape, but rather to the tape itself (AFAIK)

> The same thing happens with:
> # dump 0uafL /backup / 

try something like

dump 0uafL /backup/`date +%Y%m%H`-0.dump /


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