Zip files to multiple floppies

Parameshwara Bhat pbhat at
Wed Jun 2 18:55:36 UTC 2004

On Tue, 01 Jun 2004 12:16:14 -0400, Phil Schaffner 
<P.R.Schaffner at> wrote:

> On Mon, 2004-05-31 at 12:20 +0530, Parameshwara Bhat wrote:
>> Hello List,
>> Here is an archive file whixh is bigger than a floppy size. How do I 
>> make
>> it span floppies in the manner of Winzip?
> Haven't used this for years, but should still work:
> # man tar
> ... snip ...
>        -M, --multi-volume
>               create/list/extract multi-volume archive
> ...
> So, should go something like:
> # tar Mcf /dev/fd0 <files_to_archive>

I went through the tar-info manual.I suppose it is very close to what I 
need.It might do the compression as well if not passing through the 
compression utility,craete a compressed file from archivable files and a 
create an archive of this single compressed file.If it has created a 
spanned archive it will extract from them too and the described feature 
certainy overtakes Winzip.

But I have a great worry of this mount / unmount stuff (Konqueror has 
troubled me a lot).I only want to know whether tar is able to access the 
floppy device raw ( without mount / unmount cycle ).I do not know enough.

Additionally ( a little off track ?) I must think creators of Konquerors 
and Nautilus'es very [KDE , GNOME]unimaginative.Why don't they write a 
nice GUI to these advanced abilities of various linux utilities. E.g., I 
use d4x for downloading.but I greatly deplore it's inability to import a 
broken download,which wget does so nicely.I had halfdownloaded Knoppix,and 
when I installed Linux,used wget to finish it through symlink across ext3 
to vfat.Basically I miss nice GUIs here in Linux.But guys are nice making 
up for GUIs.

Parameshwara Bhat

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