multi-volume archives

Victor Sudakov vas at
Sat Sep 21 18:26:00 UTC 2019

Steve O'Hara-Smith wrote:
> > 
> > Which is now the most convenient way to create multi-volume archives? To
> > fit an archive on a FAT32 flash drive, a volume size should not exceed
> > 4g. 
> 	Gnu tar (in ports/packages as gtar) has support for multi-volume
> splitting (-M) which by default prompts for the next volume to be installed
> (so you could write direct to the flash drive) or can use a script to
> generate the next volume filename. I vaguely recall using it a long time
> ago.

I'm even old enough to remember that BSD tar could do the same, and I
used this feature with magnetic tapes, but after the introduction of
libarchive, the BSD tar lost this ability.

However, this understanding of multiple volumes is not convenient for
writing to a formatted flash drive.

Victor Sudakov,  VAS4-RIPE, VAS47-RIPN
2:5005/49 at fidonet
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