Backing up to an external FAT32 disk

Liam Proven lproven at
Fri Jul 13 16:15:03 UTC 2007

On 13/07/07, Nils Kassube <kassube at> wrote:
> Liam Proven wrote:
> > May I ask, though, why you don't use any of GNU tar's built-in
> > multivolume backup functionality? This way, the only valid archive is
> > the concatenation of all of them. If I were to lose one part, the
> > whole set would be invalid. Using tar's own switches to segment the
> > backup, each segment is a valid archive with its own header, so if I
> > lose one chunk, I only lose the data in that segment - the rest would
> > still be usable.
> Good question. Well, a long time ago I tried to find out how to do it with
> tar alone. However, I couldn't make it work. The result was the workaround
> with the split command.

Ah, OK. That makes a lot of sense to me. :¬)

> Of course, loosing one part would be a problem, but I don't think it is
> more likely to loose one of those multiple files than loosing the entire
> archive, which you had tried to create in your first approach.

A fair point, but I am trying to look ahead and foresee problems
further down the road...

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