The RSTS riddle.
paulkoning at comcast.net
Sat May 21 20:25:15 CDT 2016
> On May 21, 2016, at 3:28 PM, Rod Smallwood <rodsmallwood52 at btinternet.com> wrote:
> Second point:
> The RSTS install tape is just a bunch of files.
> There's nothing requiring image copy to deal with funny file formats
No, that is not accurate. An install tape (for V9 or later) is a bootable tape with a backup set on it. Bootable tapes have DOS labels, but backupsets have ANSI labels. The install tape is a hybrid, part DOS, part ANSI. I'd have to dig in the machinery to find the details, but I definitely remember that it's a rather odd beast.
If you do an image copy of the TAP file to tape none of this matters.
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