small question about tape-based dumps

Stevan Tiefert stevan-tiefert at
Sat Oct 17 10:41:38 UTC 2009

Am Freitag, den 16.10.2009, 20:43 -0600 schrieb Tim Judd:
> Replies inline
> On 10/16/09, Jerry McAllister <jerrymc at> wrote:
snip, snap...
> > Something like   mt fsf 1    will skip over the first dump file
> > so you can write the second.    mt fsf 2   will skip over two files, etc.
> > That is dump files, not files within the dump.   Each dump of a
> > filesystem is one file.
snip, snap...
That means, that after ervery dump, the tape drive is automatically
writing an EOF. It is not necessary to write with

mt -f /dev/nsa0 weof

the EOF again.
> Thanks for any input!
> --TJ

With regards
Stevan Tiefert

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