Re: 2.2.18 IDE tape problem, with ide-scsi

From: Mike Dresser (
Date: Wed Feb 28 2001 - 10:34:45 EST

I ran into a problem with tar and taper, with blocking, so what i do is backup a 128k file of emptiness, to guarantee that the last
block of the real backup fit.

> Restoring a tape typically then says 'gunzip: unexpected end of
> file'. My guess was that the last fractional block of 32k wasn't
> flushed to the drive. Of course, if I'm having media troubles
> indicated by the first error above, then something else could be
> happening, I suppose. But does erroneous block flushing in the driver
> sound like a possibility?

Mike Dresser

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