We are currently using an application that is set up to use a tape drive for backups. The tape was being used with cpio for read, write, and verify. I want to replace that with the latest Panasonic multi drive (using DVD-RAM media). I've been playing with cdrecord and readcd -w, but all I've been able to accomplish is writing a .raw file from a copied cd to the DVD-RAM. Using .iso and .raw images doesn't really fit my needs. I need to mimic the commands that the tape was using for the DVD-RAM drive, since the program we're using takes the commands set and attaches/extracts the necessary files.
I copied a program update cd to the DVD-RAM disk and used it to update the program using it's existing cpio command, which amazed me. But I can't seem to get it to write or verify. I get bad header errors.
Does the DVD-RAM need to be formatted with a filesystem first in order to be written to like a tape?
I'm not really all that familiar with the SCO/Linux platforms, I was kinda thrown into this at work. If you could offer me any assistance or might just know of a place that I could look I would really appreciate it.
Current tape commands: Read: cpio -ivcudBm < /dev/rct0 Write: cpio -ovcB > /dev/rct0 Verify: cpio -ivctB < /dev/rct0
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