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How do I use the Linux tar command to backup using my tape drive, autoloader or library?
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Set variable block mode:

system# mt -f /dev/st0 setblk 0

Following are examples of Backup and Restore commands for Tar at command prompt.

Backup system# mt -f /dev/st0 setblk 0
system# tar -c -v -b 128 -f /dev/st0 filename
Restore system# cd
system# tar -x -v -b 128 -f /dev/st0

Explanation of commands:

Backup Commands
c = Create
v = Verbose
-b 128 = sets blocking factor to 128
512 blocks x 128 = 64k
-f = specifies tape archive
/dev/st0 = specifies tape device
filename = specifies file or directory to backup
Additional Restore Commands
x = extract


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