System Administration Guide, Volume 1

How 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 with the pax command.

    $ pax -w -f /dev/rmt/0 filename ...


    Enables the write mode. 

    -f /dev/rmt/0

    Identifies the tape drive. 

    filename ...

    Indicates the files and directories you want to copy. 

  4. Verify the files are copied to tape.

    $ pax -f /dev/rmt/0
  5. Remove the tape from the drive and write the names of the files on the tape label.

Example--Copying Files to a Tape (pax)

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

See pax(1) for more information.