> On Apr 7, 2018, at 5:30 PM, Thomas plancon <tplan...@bkaarchs.com> wrote:
> Hi Dan,
> Thanks for your interest!
> So I let bscan run  for almost 48 hours and then thought I should try and see 
> if any records were added to the database: nothing was added except a job 
> number and the volume name! I cancelled bscan and went into bconsole to 
> verify and yes, nothing except as mentioned above.

One thing to consider: automated pruning.  I recall previous posts saying 
records would get added, but later get pruned because they are too old.

> I tried bls, and that was actually pulling file names off of the tape and I 
> redirected it to a text file. From that info I ran bextract with the name of 
> a project retrieved with bls. Bextract successfully restored the project to a 
> local directory!!!
> So now I'm letting bls run on the tapes and collecting the list in text 
> files. Hoping I'll see the project I need to recover. Unfortunately, bls is 
> also a very slow process; 48 hours and still not through listing a LTO-2, 400 
> Gb, tape; I've got 3 tapes to go through!

I think that is because, like bscan, it reads the whole tape.

> It is frustrating because I'm not even sure the needed project is even on 
> these tapes. The backup was full, so I'm just deducing, and hoping, (that 
> could be on a t-shirt: deducing and hoping), that it is there somewhere.
> I'll post again in a day or so with the status.


Dan Langille - BSDCan / PGCon

> Tom Plancon
> On 4/7/2018 3:57 PM, Dan Langille wrote:
>>> On Apr 3, 2018, at 11:56 AM, Tom Plancon <tplan...@bkaarchs.com> wrote:
>>> Hi folks,
>>> I'm running BSCAN to recover old data from LTO-2 tapes. The backup job 
>>> spanned 3 tapes/volumes. I ran the BSCAN command listing the volumes as 
>>> required with the first tape in the drive - this is NOT an autochanger. 
>>> BSCAN seemed to start OK, found the tape, dbase etc., and has been running 
>>> now for about 24hrs with the first tape still in the drive!
>> bscan does take a very long time. I have no personal experience with it 
>> though.
>>> So, my questions, will BSCAN ask for the next tape when the first is done? 
>>> Or, how will I know how to change it? Should it be taking this long for a 
>>> 400Gb tape? The tape drive moves for a few seconds, pauses a few seconds 
>>> and moves again, now for a full day!
>>> I'm trying to recover a specific project in this old data, there is 
>>> probably over 100 projects saved on these tapes. Is there a better way to 
>>> do this?
>>> Any help appreciated! Thanks much!
>> It's been a few days. Any progress to report?

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