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Re: [opensuse] Reliable way to backup hard drive before clean install
On 10/04/2016 10:13 PM, Jeffrey L. Taylor wrote:
Archives usually have a table of contents, so the most a single bit error can
corrupt is a file.

Indeed, but calling TAR an archive is a misnomer.
Its a streaming protocol intended for use with tapes, not 'direct access, random
seek' devices like disk files.

Recall the issue: a backup is not an archive.

Yes, if you have a TAR file on a disk (compressed or not) you can use a tool - I
use Konkeror - to open it up and at a application level read through the whole
stream and construct that index, but that index, that image of the file as a
file system hierarchy, is in the application, not in the file itself.

TAR is NOT an archive format.

A: Yes.
> Q: Are you sure?
>> A: Because it reverses the logical flow of conversation.
>>> Q: Why is top posting frowned upon?

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