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BitCalm Gone Bye Bye?

Jamie Jones Silver badge

Re: BitCalm Gone Bye Bye?

"made a curious typo in his backup and restore script."

Probably mistyped the device filename, e.g. /dev/rnt instead of /dev/rmt on a unix server which used static device file entries rather than a devfs.

If the device filename doesn't exist, an ordinary file is created on the filesystem instead!

I used to find loads of those around servers I helped manage - people doing manual writes to export data from one location to another (back then, tapes were more viable than their network!) - presumably by the time they discovered the tape was blank, they repeated the task, not realising what had caused the original problem, and therefore not tidying up after themselves.

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