[CentOS] reading old dump backups from 2009

Sun Nov 4 20:05:01 UTC 2018
Nataraj <incoming-centos at rjl.com>

On 11/3/18 5:17 AM, Jonathan Billings wrote:
>> On Nov 3, 2018, at 06:26, Pete Biggs <pete at biggs.org.uk> wrote:
>> I don't think dump has changed anything in 20 years or so!  And I
>> certainly can't see it changing such that it can't read old files -
>> that is, sort of, it's raison d'etre.
> A bit off topic but...
> Funny story, at a previous job, my boss was able to extract the data off tapes made in the 80s on tops-20 systems (iirc) with the version of restore on FreeBSD, but couldn’t get the tape drive to work on anything but Linux, so he had to extract the tapes on a RHL system then copy them to FreeBSD to read into the restore program. He actually was able to find the data he was looking for.
> --
> Jonathan Billings

I actually had some of those tapes written on a tops-20 system as well 
as ebcdic tapes written on an IBM 370.  Though at one point I had 3,  7 
foot tall racks filled with servers in my home, I decided I was never 
going to get a TU77 or other similar tape drive, so I disposed of those 
old tapes.

There is actually a KL10 running tops-20 still on the Internet today...