[CentOS] copying files to fill flash drives

Fri Jan 10 15:07:09 UTC 2020
Valeri Galtsev <galtsev at kicp.uchicago.edu>

> On Jan 10, 2020, at 1:33 AM, Frank Cox <theatre at sasktel.net> wrote:
> Back in the days of DOS I had a program that I obtained from somewhere called FILL.
> FILL would take the name of a directory and then start writing files from that directory onto a series of floppy disks in such a way that each disk was made as full as possible, but without modifying the files that it was writing.
> So you might end up with disk 1 having files A B and D on them since D fitted but C was too big so it went onto Disk 2 along with files E and F.
> Before I re-invent the wheel here, does someone already have a way to do this with Linux so you can write a series of flash drives and fill them with the contents of a specified directory without modifying the files that get written?  The reason that I specify without modifying the files is that I could do this easily with tar and split, but then I end up with a tar file and can't just look on disk 1 and copy file A off of it later on.

I only can think of vaguely resembling thing: multi-volume tar archives, as in:



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Valeri Galtsev
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