[CentOS] gtar compression achieved

Wed Feb 1 20:37:10 UTC 2012
Les Mikesell <lesmikesell at gmail.com>

On Wed, Feb 1, 2012 at 1:10 PM, Lamar Owen <lowen at pari.edu> wrote:
> On Wednesday, February 01, 2012 09:18:08 AM Alan McKay wrote:
>> The basic problem is that I know how much data is there to begin with but I
>> don't know how much room it took up on the tape so I have no idea how much
>> room is left on the tape.
> What I would do is use the '-' special filename to pipe the uncompressed tar to stdout, pipe to the compressor of choice, then pipe to tee, and have one branch of the tee go to the tape and the other branch go to a program to count bytes.

Or unless you are talking about many TB per run, decouple the
compression from the tape run by sending the output to a disk file
that you can sweep to tape later.  There are lots of advantages, like
not slowing down the tape streaming waiting for compression, being
able to do multiple targets at once, and not only knowing the size of
what is on the tape so far, but also the total compressed size of what
you are going to start to write.  Plus, of course, being able to do
the tar runs at night when no one is there to swap tapes.

   Les Mikesell
    lesmikesell at gmail.com