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Old 10-15-2015, 08:18 AM   #1
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Unhappy Retrieving MOV files from LTO4 archive tapes

Hi Everyone

Forgive me if this is the wrong place to ask this or its a daft question but I'm a newbie in terms of Linux.

I am trying to retrieve some MOV files off an LTO4 tape written by a XENDATA Archive System.

I have followed the instructions on the Xendata White Paper at and can get the files off the tape.

But as Xendata use a modified version of POSIX tar the files are coming off the tape in there fragmented state.

Can anyone suggest how I can retrieve the "complete" MOV file by perhaps modifying the command line I'm using at present which is
tar óblocking-factor=128 -xf /dev/tape/by-path/pci??????

???? is a unique id assigned on os creation..

Old 10-15-2015, 07:55 PM   #2
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suppose you have the files f1, f2, f3 and f4 and you want to make one big file out of them:

cat f? >fbig

will do the trick


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