> My boss gave me a nearly 900 MB dd-file on tape with hundreds of files
> in it. He needs some of these Files out of this "archive". I am not
> very familiar with the dd command, because i usualy use cpio for
> generating tape archives.
> After a quick look at the man pages for dd, i managed copying this file
> on my hard disk, but its still a single big file.
> Is it possible to extract single files out of this dd-file with standard
> UNIX commands (or LINUX commands) or do i have to write filters to
> extract them, or do i think too weird?
dd is a dump of a device. It basically writes blocks to a file,
or any other file-like object (which in UNIX is almost everything).
Thus, saying that you have a 'dd archive' doesn't give any
information *at all*. You need to know the type of file system
that was dumped using dd. Once you know that, you can either
restore it to an empty partition, then mount it as any other
file system, or you could use the Linux loop device to mount
the image as a file system.
Using tar or cpio is indeed a much better way to make tape
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