[lug] Tape Drives

Ed Hill ed at eh3.com
Mon Oct 28 13:26:30 MST 2002

On Mon, 2002-10-28 at 13:07, Sexton, George wrote:
> Read the paper. You can't check a backup without doing a file compare.


And theres no reason you can't accomplish the same with tar.  If you're
sufficiently paranoid, you can easily do a round-trip archive--
extract--compare session with standard GNU tools and (optionally) a bit
of shell code.  Its quite easy.

So George, do you or a family member work for the Tolis Group?  ;-)

Mind you, I have nothing against commercial apps (use plenty of them on
Linux: MatLAB, LabVIEW, etc.) but on LUG lists I generally point out the
Free alternatives first.  Especially in cases such as tar, which in my
experience is one of _the_ most reliable (and cross-platform!) GNU apps
that I've ever used.


ps - If you can't accomplish the same with the GNU apps, I suggest 
     *you* read up a bit starting with "info tar" and "info md5sum".

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