SUMMARY: bootable tape

From: Kelvin Hui (
Date: Fri Feb 05 1993 - 03:20:57 CST

My original question is:
        How could I make a bootable tape?

However my idea of making a bootable tape is not to duplicate the Sun
Install tape. I want to make a bootable tape from my existing system which
kernel had been reconfigured. Then I could use this tape to install the
system onto other machines.

 * Use "tcopy" in /usr/ucb to copy tapes.
    If you have only one tape driver, get "copytape" to
    do it. Use "archie" to search where to find it.
 * about make "bootable" tape,
    all answers I got is to duplicate the install tape
    from Sun. Besides use "tcopy", "copytape", you can also
    use "dd" to copy all the savesets of the tape.
 * use dd to copy the files (I believe it means
    the Sun Install tapes) to a disk. Then dd back to a tape.
 * Sun Support suggested using cp to copy each of the
    data sets on the tape. Then the data sets could be copied back
    onto tape. A single data set must be complete on a tape. BTW, swb
    never tried it.

Thanks for the all the response:

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