System Administration Guide, Volume 1

How to Copy Files to a Single Formatted Diskette (tar)

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

  2. Insert a formatted diskette that is not write-protected into the drive.

  3. Make the diskette available using the volcheck command.

    $ volcheck
  4. Unmount any file system on the diskette and reformat it.

    $ fdformat -U /vol/dev/aliases/floppy0
  5. Copy the files to diskette using the tar command.

    $ tar cvf /vol/dev/rdiskette0/unlabeled filename ...

    The file names you specify are copied to the diskette, overwriting any existing files on the diskette.

  6. Verify that the files copied are on the diskette using the tar command with the -t option, which displays the diskette's contents. See "How to List the Files on a Diskette (tar)" for more information on listing files.

    $ tar tvf /vol/dev/rdiskette0/unlabeled 
  7. Remove the diskette from the drive.

  8. Write the names of the files on the diskette label.

Example--Copying Files to a Single Formatted Diskette (tar)

The following example copies two files to a diskette.

$ cd /home/smith
$ ls evaluation*
evaluation.doc   evaluation.doc.backup
$ tar cvf /vol/dev/rdiskette0/unlabeled evaluation*
a evaluation.doc 86 blocks
a evaluation.doc.backup 84 blocks
$ tar tvf /vol/dev/rdiskette0/unlabeled