tar exabyte 8500 under xp

Corinna Vinschen corinna-cygwin@cygwin.com
Thu Dec 14 15:24:00 GMT 2006

On Dec 13 17:18, Tim Scoggins wrote:
> I am trying to get a tar off an old Exabyte 8500 tape drive using cygwin 
> under XP.  The tape was written under Solaris.  I have set the blocksize 
> to 0
> mt -f /dev/nst1 setblk 0
> No errors.  I can status the tape.
> But when I try to extract
> tar xvf /dev/nst1
> I get
> tar:  Cannot read:  Invalid argument
> tar:  At beginning of tape; quitting now
> tar:  Error is not recoverable; exiting now
> (XP found the driver automatically for the drive.)

Search the archives.  The tape has probably a blocksize of > 64K which
is not handled gracefully by Windows, unless you tweak the settings
of your SCSI adaptor.  And even then it doesn't work sometimes.


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