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Old 05-21-2002, 01:57 PM   #1
Jason Foat
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trouble using dd for tape backups.


I think I've found a bug in dd, or at the very least
I'm having trouble using it to write to my tape drive.

In particular, I'm attempting to use a combination of
to back up a remote linux system to a tape drive on my local
I'm using dd 4.1 with Linux 7.2, on an i686
architecture. For example,

#ssh REMOTE_LINUXBOX /sbin/dump -0 -f - /dev/sda2 | dd

yields the following sequence:

DUMP: Date of this level 0 dump: Thu May 16 21:03:40
DUMP: Dumping /dev/sda2 (/) to standard output
DUMP: Exclude ext3 journal inode 8
DUMP: Label: /
DUMP: mapping (Pass I) [regular files]
DUMP: mapping (Pass II) [directories]
DUMP: estimated 10472849 tape blocks.
DUMP: Volume 1 started with block 1 at: Thu May 16
21:03:53 2002
DUMP: dumping (Pass III) [directories]
DUMP: dumping (Pass IV) [regular files]
DUMP: 2.40% done at 837 kB/s, finished in 3:23
DUMP: 4.84% done at 844 kB/s, finished in 3:16
DUMP: 7.24% done at 842 kB/s, finished in 3:12
DUMP: 9.64% done at 841 kB/s, finished in 3:07
DUMP: 12.03% done at 839 kB/s, finished in 3:02
DUMP: 14.41% done at 838 kB/s, finished in 2:58
dd: writing `/dev/nst0': Invalid argument
3156720+41 records in
3156740+0 records out

Note the 'Invalid argument' error that comes up 15% of

the way through the dump.

I can also generate a similar error by attempting to
write a simple file to the tape:

# echo `date` | dd of=/dev/nst0


dd: writing `/dev/nst0': Invalid argument
0+1 records in
0+0 records out

For a truley bizaare twist to this, if I issue a
dump command to a REMOTE_SOLARISBOX, the dump completes just

Is this a bug, or am I doing something wrong?


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Old 05-21-2002, 02:03 PM   #2
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