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Date:      Tue, 26 Sep 2006 13:52:37 -0400
From:      Bob <>
Subject:   Tared by TAR
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Please forgive me if this is all due to my newbie status. I HAVE RTFM!, and 
that is essentially my problem.

I use tar daily, to make a file-backup of /usr/home. I put a tape in the dat 
(DDS3) drive before I go to bed, and in the morning put it into the 30 day 
rotation box. 

I have recently moved from Linux, to FreeBSD. And pretty much copied my 
scripts from the old Linux box to the new BSD one. A veritable joy I might 
add! AThis is so much better!!!

I went nuts, and got tar'ed and feathered with TAR. I have always used tar 
with the -M option (--multi-volume) which allows you to span more than one 
tape on a big ta archiver;  but you won't find this -M option in BSD's TAR! 
Nor will you find a proper man page, for BSD's port of gtar (gnutar) which I 
THIINK is equivalent to Linux's tar. 

What I ended up doing is a BADF HACK! I copyiny my old linux tar.1.gz manpage 
to gtar on my new system. 
HOWEVER, this man page from my old Linux system may, or may not  not be 
correct, given the fact that BSD giggers the makefile with it's own patches  
for every "make install", and when you make gtar from 
"/usr/ports/archivers/gtar" you do NOT get a manpage! BAD! BAD! BAD!  Bug??? 
The differences between bsdtar, and gnutar are quite IMMENSE!
Being a stickler, and constant user of,  proper documentation,  I am just a 
bit lost here! Help!


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