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Please forgive me if these are really stupid questions, but sometimes Linux makes me feel really stupid (although I like Linux a lot).
I've heard that cpio is better than tar for tape backups because if tar hits a bad section of tape, you can't get anything beyond that, whereas cpio supposedly can. Is there anything to this?
In looking at the cpio man page, I can't see anything that might relate to skipping a bad section of tape. Will it do this automatically, or could someone please tell me how to do this? (I'd rather not have to wait until I HAVE to know this, if you know what I mean.)
Is there any way to verify a cpio tape backup?
One of the things I like about tar is that it has a verify option. Another big, stupid (?) question:
If tar hits a bad section of tape when verifying, will it give an error message? I would assume so, but I've not actually had it happen, that I know of.
So, the bottom line: Which do you all recommend?
Here are two commands I am considering. Am I missing anything here? (I don't do this for a living.)
Thanks for the link. I've read a few links similar to this.
What I'd really like is some practical advice based on personal experience -- things like, how common is it for a tar tape backup to get corrupted, problems people have had restoring with tar or cpio, etc.