Some time ago I posted a request to this list asking for assistance in retrieving data that I had stored on a 15 year-old 9-track tape and writing it to a CD. I'm following up to inform you all this succeeded wonderfully.
A kind gentleman contacted me that he would be pleased to do the conversion. He was formerly a mainframe operator harkening back to the tape-and-mainframe era, who happened to have a 9-track tape drive in his rather extensive collection of old and very interesting computer hardware. I sent the tape half-way across the country, and after letting it warm up, the reading and writing went without a hitch. He even untarred the files, and sent the tape and the CD back a day later. I wish publicly to thank this gentleman for his outstanding work!! I leave his name out here only because he wishes not to leave it in a public forum. He would be pleased to talk with others, though, so if you have a similar need, please contact me off the list. I will forward your request to him. Once again, I am amazed at the high quality of support from the FreeBSD community. It really helps to make FreeBSD more useful and productive. I am also quite impressed with the archival quality of those old tapes. The tape was recorded 15 years ago in upstate New York, has traveled around the country with me without particular care given to its preservation, and was read by a different tape drive without any issues. That is outstanding performance! Oh, and the code I was after has been retrieved, translated (to C from Pascal), and is working great. Frank Jahnke _______________________________________________ [EMAIL PROTECTED] mailing list http://lists.freebsd.org/mailman/listinfo/freebsd-questions To unsubscribe, send any mail to "[EMAIL PROTECTED]"