SUMMARY: Solaris 8 to Linux dump compatibility question

From: Nick Pettefar <>
Date: Mon Sep 15 2003 - 12:08:08 EDT
I received many many replies to my request for help about which
tape format to use to save data from Solaris and restore on Linux.
Lots of good advice, but also many misleading answers, and some
just completely wrong!  It seems that many people consider tapes
to be more of an art than a science...

I decided in the end to download the GNU tar version from www., install it onto my machine, copy the executable
to the tape backup machine (I don't have root on it) and run it
with the "M" option to span tapes.  I'm making the second set of
tapes as I write this.  I'm a bit worried because the first
archive I made ended with a strange error message although it
seems to have written all the data.
  ~/tmp/S8/tar: Error exit delayed from previous errors
Any ideas what this means?



Nick Pettefar          
Tel. +49 1728 176 804            DoD 1069  MAG 73516  ZZ-R1100


Solaris 8 to Linux dump compatibility question

Hi, I don't know if anyone knows the answer to this but here goes...

I have a user that's leaving and wants to take 38gb of data and
reports with her to her new job.  That's OK but they are using
Linux and we have Solaris here.  They have DDS4 tape drives and
so do we.  Will x86 Linux read tapes made by /usr/ccs/bin/dump or
/usr/sbin/ufsdump from Solaris 8 SPARC?  I want to re-use her
hard drives after she has left so I need to know that her data
will be transportable.


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