Question in occasion of SCSI devices (the tape store)

Nick nick at
Fri Jun 9 07:26:43 UTC 2006

Çäðàâñòâóéòå, Alex.

Âû ïèñàëè 8 èþíÿ 2006 ã., 17:18:59:

> Nick wrote:

>>The tape is new and empty and I don't know what way is more likely for
>>me may be You can give me Your advice what way I should choose for
>>copy my information daily?
> (You should copy freebsd-questions at on your replies).

> It depends.  If you are just writing some small subset of files from a
> filesystem (e.g. your home directory) then tar would do.

> If you want to back up your machine, and the tape drive is big enough,
> then use dump.

> Both have good manual pages.

> Confusingly, FreeBSD has two versions of "tar" and which one is the 
> default "tar" has changed recently.  For simple stuff, they will be 
> compatible with each other.

> bsdtar : bsd derived version of tar which in theory will know about 
> filesystem flags, but if you don't use them then it won't matter. Also
> seems to mess up if the archive you write is compressed but happens to
> be empty (might be fixed by now).

> gtar or gnu tar : GNU GPL version of tar.  This is the tar you get on
> Linux, for example.  Won't know anything about specific FreeBSD 
> filesystem things like flags.

> Other options include cpio (a bit like tar) or specialist backup 
> software like bacula which you'll find in the ports.  I can't comment
> either since I've never used them.

> You're still very vague about what you want to do; with more specific
> information better advice might be possible.  E.g. "I want to backup up
> my home directory and email files every day"; or "I have four 80Gb disks
> which I need to back up to a 40Gb compressing tape drive, what should I
> use?".

> --Alex

thanks for help Alex I found the best way for me to write info to the

Can You answered on the last question How can I see free size on the
tape or size what I filled?

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