multi-volume archives

MJ mafsys1234 at
Sun Sep 22 00:53:43 UTC 2019

On 22/09/2019 4:22 am, Victor Sudakov wrote:
> MJ 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.
>>> I have traditionally used "tar | split" to pack, then "cat | tar" to
>>> unpack. But split is very slow, and generally this way is clumsy.
>>> I don't want to use "zip -s" either, because I think zip does not
>>> preserve symlinks, hardlinks, permissions... to cut a long story short,
>>> I don't believe in zip as a Unix archiver.
>>> Any more ideas?
>> Hi Victor,
>> If you don't like zip, what about 7zip? It has volumes which allow you to break it up on the fly into parts
> Hmm, maybe 7z in tar mode. It does not preserve permissions in 7-zip mode.

Yes, I just looked at the less-than-useless manual page on it. It does state that.

(The manual page comes from linux and should probably be replaced with "This page is intentionally blank", given such inanities as:

"Do not use "-r" because this flag does not do what you think."

but then proceeds to not disclose why! LOL).

So, it seems you're trapped with using tar|split.



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