Subject: Re: Dumping to a DAT drive
To: Graham, James <James.Graham@Schwab.COM>
From: Greg A. Woods <>
List: current-users
Date: 04/14/1997 01:02:52
[ On Thu, April 10, 1997 at 21:54:49 (+0100), James Graham wrote: ]
> Subject: Re: Dumping to a DAT drive
> #On 9 Apr 1997 22:51:20 -0000 wrote:
> #
> #FreeBSD have added '-a' to dump for this, if you want some existing
> #practice (or even code!).
> Why do we need a flag at all?
> I think the point is that dump should just automagically handle EOT/EOM
> without the need for a special flag.

Well, without any flags pertaining to media size, etc., dump has
traditionally made certain assumptions.  If you're willing to change the
assumptions, then no, a flag is not needed.

Yes, dump and all other utilities that are commonly used to read and
write tapes should handle end-of-medium intelligently, but of course we
must not assume that all tape hardware does the same, so there still
must be support for media specification flags.

							Greg A. Woods

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