> I have a few file on a 600a tape in xenix format that I need to get onto my
> unix hd. I have installed the tape drive but cannot get it to extract I have
> read all the stuff on the sco web sight it doesn't help. can anyone tell me how
> to do this !!!! THANKS IF YOU CAN!!
Well, do you mean that you can't access the tape drive or that
you can't get data off?
If the tape is just not being seen, more information about
the tape, the controller, and "uname -X" would help.
If the tape is working, and you know what's on it (tar, cpio,
or something else), then your problem could be block size
disagreement and could be remedied with setblk (see "man tape").
If you don't know what's on the tape, try dumping some of
it to a file ("dd if=/dev/rct0 of=/tmp/whatisthis count=100"
should work). Then "file /tmp/whatisthis" might
help you identify what you have.
I suppose you might have an old Xenix dump file. See "man
xrestore" for that. It's a pretty awful thing: your only
options would be to bring back a whole filesystem or else
individual files, but unfortunately named with their
Let's hope you have a tar or cpio archive :-)