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Date: Fri, 2 Oct 87 17:25:58 EDT
From: David Vinayak Wallace <GUMBY@AI.AI.MIT.EDU>
I find it somewhat bizarre that I would advocate anything which is
associated with unix, but...
The unix "tar" program gets this right.
There are several misfeatures of tar which could be fixed, but in
general theability to "copy this tree to tape and let me re-graft it
elsewhere" works great.
I second Gumby's suggestion, and go even further. I'd love lispms to be able
to read and write tar tapes. Not a subset of the format. Not a superset of
the format. Not something that's better. Just tar tapes. Doing the tar
format exactly would be much better than improving on it, or inventing another
I'm curious about another thing. Happily, 9-track tapes are standardized
that (at the level of just blocks bytes) they can be written on one
manufacturer's machine and read on another's. Is this true of those 3M