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Re: Zip files to multiple floppies



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It would appear that on May 31, Parameshwara Bhat did say:

> 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? Also, I have difficulty copying spanned
> zip files off floppies. How do I do that ?
> 
> Help,please .
> 
> Parameshwara Bhat

I can tell you what I do to separate very large tar/gzip archives into
cd sized chunks. It's not exactly like winzip's span floppies. But it
should do what you need.

I'd use the split command. Which with an existing large file (lets call
it archive.tgz) that I wanted to split into ( lets say 1MB )  pieces...

$ split -b 1m archive.tgz split_tgz_

I chose the output prefix "split_tgz_", But it could have been anything.

the output of the above split command would be files named:

split_tgz_aa split_tgz_ab split_tgz_ac split_tgz_ad etc...

Put the output files on as many floppies as it takes...

To restore the archive.tgz file to a usable state from the floppies,
copy all the split_tgz_* files from all the floppies to a single directory
on your harddrive. Then from that directory the command:

$ cat split_tgz_* >archive.tgz

should rebuild the original archive.tgz file...

For more details try:

$ info split

and 

$ info cat

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