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To give the archive a name which will be recorded in it, use the ‘--label=volume-label’ (‘-V volume-label’) option. This will write a special block identifying volume-label as the name of the archive to the front of the archive which will be displayed when the archive is listed with ‘--list’. If you are creating a multi-volume archive with ‘--multi-volume’ (see section Using Multiple Tapes), then the volume label will have ‘Volume nnn’ appended to the name you give, where nnn is the number of the volume of the archive. If you use the ‘--label=volume-label’ option when reading an archive, it checks to make sure the label on the tape matches the one you gave. See section Including a Label in the Archive.
tar writes an archive to tape, it creates a single
tape file. If multiple archives are written to the same tape, one
after the other, they each get written as separate tape files. When
extracting, it is necessary to position the tape at the right place
tar. To do this, use the
For more information on the
mt command and on the organization
of tapes into a sequence of tape files, see The
People seem to often do:
--label="some-prefix `date +some-format`"
or such, for pushing a common date in all volumes or an archive set.
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