SUMMARY: Reading RSTS format tapes on Solaris

From: Kerry Jones (
Date: Sun Oct 27 1996 - 23:16:02 CST


There were a number of different answers to my query. Thanks to everyone
who replied.

I ended up writing my own program with the help of Tim Shoppa
( This program (dostape) reads DOS-11/RSTS-E tapes
on a Solaris 2.5 machine in much the same way vmsbackup reads files from a
VMSBACKUP format tape.

If you are interested in this program see for more info and a
copy of this program...

Other suggestions:
1. Some pointed me at vmsbackup, which is fine for VMSBACKUP tapes, but
does not read DOS-11/RSTS-E tapes.
2. A couple of others offered to read the tapes for me, but we didn't
really want to ship the tapes to the US.

>Date: Fri, 18 Oct 1996 10:09:23 +1100
>From: Kerry Jones <>
>Subject: Reading RSTS format tapes on Solaris
>Hi Sunners,
>We need a program that will read VMS/RSTS format tapes on a Solaris box.
Does anyone know of such a program??
>Sector 7 ( has a program called VBACKUP which looks
like it will do what I want, but they are asking $(US)15,000 for it!!!!!!
SHIT.. I don't want to have to pay that much.
>We are willing to pay for a solution, but $(US)15,000 is going overboard.
If anyone has a VMS system that can read RSTS tapes (1/2" tapes) and
convert them to another format such as VMSBACKUP or ANSI format (on exabyte
or 1/2" tape), please contact me with your price.
>I have a copy of vmsbackup and ansitape, with which I can read VMSBACKUP
and ANSI format tapes, but I am still left with a lot of RSTS tapes which I
can't read.

Kerry Jones, UNIX System Manager              __   __             
Australian Institute of Marine Science,      /  `-'  )         ,,,
Townsville, Australia.                      |  [====||||||||||[:::}                          \__.-._\          ```
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