Subject: Re: Help with HP DAT -> NetBSD
To: J.T. Conklin <>
From: Giles Lean <>
List: current-users
Date: 09/22/1994 07:47:29
On Tue, 20 Sep 1994 22:46:15 -0700 (PDT)  J.T. Conklin wrote:

> I think that this has come up before, but a search of the 
> comp.os.386bsd.* archives turned up nothing.

> I'm having trouble taking DAT tapes written at work on a HP snake with a
> HP DAT drive home to my NetBSD/i386 box with a WangDAT 3200.  I've made
> sure that the block sizes are the same on both ends, but all I get is: 

I have had no success reading compressed tapes written by HP-UX on 
NetBSD (with a HP DDS2 drive) or on Solaris.  Non-compressed tapes
have been fine.

I do know that HP-UX can handle variable sized blocks and I suspect
that NetBSD cannot.  I would write the tape using dd and sepcifying
'obs=...'.  (Not, of course, 'bs=...' which is unbuffered as required
by POSIX. :-)

Importing files the other way (NetBSD/i386) to HP-UX seems to be fine
with compression.  I havn't tested non-compressed tapes written on
NetBSD since the NetBSD SCSI code doesn't yet handle controlling


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