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Old 03-16-2009
Large file problem

I have a large file, around 570 gb that I want to copy to tape. However, my tape drive will load only up to 500 gb. I don't have enough space on disk to compress it before copying to tape. Can I compress and tar to tape in one command without writing a compressed disk file?
Any suggestions appreciated.

Thank you.
# 2  
Old 03-16-2009
Does your tar support the z option like tar cvzf [ ..stuff ..] ?
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Old 03-16-2009
No z option in tar

No, I am on SunOS 5.8
# 4  
Old 03-16-2009
Compress to tar?

I am trying:

compress file_name | tar cvfE /dev/rmt/1 - .

Seems to be working.
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Old 03-17-2009
Oops, spoke too soon, ran out of space!!
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Old 03-17-2009
Can you try with gzip instead of compress..

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Old 03-17-2009
I'm doing that now. Does it do a better job of compressing than compress?

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