HOWTO Restore from an Arkeia tape without installing Arkeia

This article was first written in January 2006 for the BeezNest technical
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Sometimes, you will find useful not to have to install Arkeia on your machine (a Linux system) to restore an old tape. Here is how.

Insert the tape into your device and rewind it like this:

# mt -f /dev/st0 rewind

Get the first 64k of the tape as a C program called readarkeia


# dd if=/dev/st0 of=readarkeia.c bs=64k

Edit it (readarkeia.c of course), there are chances you’ll have to clean it up a bit.

Compile it like this:

# gcc readarkeia.c -o readarkeia

If it doesn’t work, try again with the -Wall option to gcc.

Extract all your data [1], for example like this:

# ./readarkeia xvf /dev/st0

[1] it works mostly like tar