SUMMARY: read a 8mm tape

From: Jeffrey Liu (
Date: Tue May 18 1999 - 10:19:50 CDT

The acturally solution is relate to format of the tape drive.
I can easily read the tape, 'tar xvf /dev/rmt/0', by a 8500XL tape drive.
I was tried and failed on both 8200 and 8500 tape drives.

Thanks for many repiles, and most of them suggested to use 'tcopy /dev/rmt/0'
to find out the block size and files on the tape or use 'dd' to extract files.
In this situation, neither worked with the wrong tape drive.

My question is followed.
Please help me to read a 8mm tape.
The tape is 8mm 112m tape and it's tar format.

When I use 'tar xvf /dev/rmt/1' on Solaris 2.5.1 with a Exabyte 8500 tape drive,
the error is:
tar: blocksize = 0
Of course, the blocksize couldn't be 0.
Any idea how can I read this tape?

Jeffrey Liu
Aptix Corp. Information Services Manager
408-428-6223 (phone) 408-944-0646 (fax)

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