Nick wrote:

What is it you are actually trying to do? Read the tape? Write

something to it?  Perform backups?  Without that basic information it's
hard to actually help.

I try to build reserve copy of information on it actually I want read
and write information on it

And what format is this information in?

If it had been tar'ed to the tape you would say something like:
   tar -tv -f /dev/sa0
to list the contents and
   tar -xv -f /dev/sa0
to extract.

But if it had been written with, say, dd then something like

   dd if=/dev/sa0 of=/your/output/file

might do to read it, but you'd probably want to set a blocksize with e.g. bs=32k or bs=64k but that depends on how the tape was written.

So how was the tape written?


You should copy on your replies. That way everyone sees the whole conversation, and someone else may have newer/better/brighter suggestions.

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