The RSTS riddle.

Rod Smallwood rodsmallwood52 at
Sat May 21 22:52:51 CDT 2016

On 22/05/2016 02:25, Paul Koning wrote:
>> On May 21, 2016, at 3:28 PM, Rod Smallwood <rodsmallwood52 at> 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.
> 	paul
That's exactly what I'm trying to do. So how do I make the image copy to 
I am none to clever. Besides being told what to do I need to know how to 
do it.

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