Subject: Re: Will NetBSD ever have a real working tape install?????
To: Anders Magnusson <>
From: Johnny Billquist <>
List: port-vax
Date: 10/14/2002 23:11:14
On Fri, 11 Oct 2002, Anders Magnusson wrote:

> > I occasionally look at what would be required to make sysinst work with
> > tapes, but each time I conclude that it would be a real hack-n-slash job,
> > and so not really worth the effort.
> > 
> The "correct" way to do it would be to be able to mount tapes as file
> systems. I have been lazy though and not fixed it for mscp tapes yet.

The correct way ought to be able to read archives from a tape (remember
what tar stands for?) as well as from disk and net.
Having tapes pretend to be disks are both inefficient from a speed and
capacity point of view, as well as being a good way to have tapes die


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