1. Advice sought: seeking archival storage system for Linux
Recently, due to space shortage on my Windows 95 partition, I have moved my
huge collection of Offline Archive files to my Linux ext2 partition. These
are files that I've accumulated over time -- shareware programs, graphics
files, etc. -- that I need to keep around in accessable format (if a friend
requires a certain shareware program, I should be able to dig it up within a
reasonable amount of time, etc.). Moving them over to Linux is acceptable
because it doesn't take much effort to shut down Windows 95 (when I'm at a
convenient "stopping point" in my work), boot into Linux, get the files, etc.
The ideal solution, of course, would be to either get a bigger hard drive, or
(this is what I REALLY want to do) get an entire machine to dedicate to
Linux, so that I can use both at the same time (which is what I want to do
anyway). But alas, money is the limiting factor: basically, I have none to
My problem is that, with all the stuff dumped onto my Linux system, I have no
space available. In order to fit all my archives on Linux, I had to compress
a great deal of the system binaries and all of my local files. This leaves
very little of a usable system, so I can't get a lot of work done.
What I do have is about a TON (literally!) of 3.5" high density (1.44Mb)
floppy disks. What I am looking for is a Linux program that I can use to
archive all of my stuff onto these floppy disks.
The program would have to do this:
high Maintain a "table of contents" that lists what files are on
high Be able to random-access the archive: if I wanted a specific
file, and it was located on disk #14, I wouldn't have to go
through disks #1-13 to get to it.
high Be able to add new files to the end of the archive, without
having to re-do the whole thing all over again.
low Be able to store the files in any of the filesystem formats,
I'm hoping (and praying) that this isn't such an insurmountable task. Surely
someone else has come up with a need similar to mine, and maybe a program
exists that can fill these needs.
I'm attempting to search the archives, but so far, have had not much luck.
Please, if anyone nows of a program that can help me out, please e-mail a
response (preferable) or post a follow-up. Thanks!
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