dd-equivalent for VMS

Richard Loken rlloken at telus.net
Sat Jun 17 10:35:42 CDT 2017

On Sat, 17 Jun 2017, Rob Jarratt via cctalk wrote:

>> I have cloned drives that way for VMS systems.  Backup/image is the tool 
>> for that.
> So have I, but it doesn't work for tapes. Unless someone knows a trick 
> that I have not discovered?

No, backup won't do what you want.  Backup is designed to save and restore 
Files-11 on disk file systems and requires access to index.sys and 
bitmap.sys which translates to mean that it is not doing a sequential block 
by block copy like "dd" does.  A common use for backup/image was to backup a 
disk and then restore it back to the disk to eliminate fragmentation, that 
would not be possible with a raw block by block copy.

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