System Administration Guide: Devices and File Systems

Copying Files to a Tape With the pax Command

ProcedureHow to Copy Files to a Tape (pax)

  1. Change to the directory that contains the files you want to copy.

  2. Insert a write-enabled tape into the tape drive.

  3. Copy the files to tape.

    $ pax -w -f /dev/rmt/n filenames

    Enables the write mode.

    -f /dev/rmt/n

    Identifies the tape drive.


    Indicates the files and directories that you want to copy. Separate multiple files with spaces.

    For more information, see the pax(1) man page.

  4. Verify that the files have been copied to tape.

    $ pax -f /dev/rmt/n
  5. Remove the tape from the drive. Write the names of the files on the tape label.

Example 28–7 Copying Files to a Tape (pax)

The following example shows how to use the pax command to copy all the files in the current directory.

$ pax -w -f /dev/rmt/0 .
$ pax -f /dev/rmt/0
filea fileb filec