[clug] Can I re-record just the first record of a tape?

Martin Pool mbp at samba.org
Mon Jul 28 15:17:48 EST 2003

On 28 Jul 2003, Michael.James at csiro.au wrote:

> Can I reliably come back and re-record the logfile after,
>  without messing up the inter-record gap
>  and zapping the following records?

When I used QIC tapes years ago you couldn't do this.  A lot of tape
software seems to be built on the assumption that you can only write
tapes straight through, so I suppose it may be true.

But some tapes can seek (mt seek/tell), so perhaps if your hardware
does that, you can leave 'enough' space for the index, and then skip
over it to write the data.

Just because I like the way you write technical questions in blank

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  The Tao gave birth to Space and Time.
  Therefore, Space and Time
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  are always running out of time and space
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