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can someone provie the syntax to retrieve a file from a remote tape drive using either dd or tar/rsh.I am using Solaris8.
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I just need to extract an individual file from the zipped archive,and not the entire archive.
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Hi ranadhir,

If it's a tar archive you could try the following:

rsh <hostname> "dd if=/dev/<tape_device> bs=512" | tar xvf - <file_to_extract>

There's only one problem, the complete archive will be send through the network.

You could also extract the file on the remote system and use a remote copy to copy the file to the local system. Only data from that file will be send over the network:

rsh <hostname> "tar xvf /dev/<tape_device> <file_to_extract>"
rcp -p <hostname>:<path>/<file_to_extract> <local_path>/<file_to_extract>

Good luck!
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Thanks a lot for the suggestion.Since the 'tar xvf' does not accept pattern matching - I am doing a
tar xvf /dev/rmt/0 `tar tf | grep '<pattern>'` on the machine to which the tape is attached.
Can this same command be fired with the rsh option from a remote machine(using pattern matching facility of tar)
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It should work. The only problem I see is the rcp part, this should be changed in something like this:

rcp -p <hostname>:<path>/<pattern> <local_path>

So, without the <file_to_extract> part.
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