System Administration Guide, Volume 1

Local Tape or Diskette Drive

Typically, dump-file specifies a raw device file for a tape or diskette drive. When ufsdump writes to an output device, it creates a single backup file that might span multiple tapes or diskettes.

You specify the tape or diskette device on your system using a device abbreviation. The first device is always 0. For example, if you have a SCSI tape controller and one QIC-24 tape drive that uses medium-density formatting, use this device name:


When you specify a tape device name, you can also type the letter "n" at the end of the name to indicate that the tape drive should not rewind after the backup is completed. For example:


Use the "no-rewind" option if you want to put more than one file onto the tape. If you run out of space during a backup, the tape does not rewind before ufsdump asks for a new tape. See "Backup Device Names" for a complete description of device naming conventions.