System Administration Guide: Devices and File Systems

ProcedureHow to Retrieve Specific Files From a Tape (cpio)

  1. Change to the directory where you want to put the files.

  2. Insert the tape into the tape drive.

  3. Retrieve a subset of files from the tape.

    $ cpio -icv "*file" < /dev/rmt/n

    Extracts files from standard input.


    Specifies that the cpio command should read headers in ASCII character format.


    Displays the files as they are retrieved in a format that is similar to the output from the ls command.


    Specifies that all files that match the pattern are copied to the current directory. You can specify multiple patterns, but each pattern must be enclosed in double quotation marks.

    < /dev/rmt/n

    Specifies the input file.

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

  4. Verify that the files were copied.

    $ ls -l

Example 28–11 Retrieving Specific Files From a Tape (cpio)

The following example shows how to retrieve all files with the chapter suffix from the tape in drive 0.

$ cd /home/smith/Book
$ cpio -icv "*chapter" < /dev/rmt/0
31 blocks
$ ls -l