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DDS tape file browser

Simon Page_1
Frequent Advisor

DDS tape file browser

Is there a browser which will show the contents of a DDS tape (in device /dev/rmt/0m)? I'm looking for something that gives a dtfile-like view.
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A. Clay Stephenson
Acclaimed Contributor

Re: DDS tape file browser

This question almost has no meaning. The number of formats that could be written on DDS tape is legion. It could be tar, cpio, pax, fbackup, Netbackup, Data Protector, dump, Windows Backup, ... or simply raw data blocks. It's unrealistic to expect this unless you narrow the scope of your question to a known set of Backup Utilities and an OS. I'll assume this is UNIX since you mentioned /dev/rmt/.. but even that is a guess.
If it ain't broke, I can fix that.
Simon Page_1
Frequent Advisor

Re: DDS tape file browser

Clay, it's tar on HP-UX 11.00
Torsten.
Acclaimed Contributor

Re: DDS tape file browser

Since this is tar format, list the contents by

tar -t

this gives you all the filenames stored on tape (default tape device is /dev/rmt/0m).

Hope this helps!
Regards
Torsten.

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Simon Page_1
Frequent Advisor

Re: DDS tape file browser

Hi Torsten
I know this is probably a tall order but I am looking for a graphical interface where I can see the all the contents of a tape including the directory structure, the size of files, the date etc; something similar to dtfile or Windows explorer.
Simon Page_1
Frequent Advisor

Re: DDS tape file browser

In the absence of an off-the-shelf solution, I've written a cgi script to do the job!

Thanks to all who contributed.