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And just to make sure, say I want to break it up into 1gb chunks - it would be 1 x 1024 x 1024 x 1024 for the tape length, correct?
tar czvf - source ¦ split -b 650m tarpiece-
...should create files tarpiece-aa tarpiece-ab tarpiece-ac...
To reassemble, copy to disk, then:
cat tarpiece-* > file.tar.gz
...will reassemble the tarfile.
P.S. Watch out for the pipe symbol in the first command.
What I'm going to try to do is split them into DVD sized chunks in case I can't reach the server via internet I can at least dump them to DVD. I was originally going to do CDs, but I created a tar of my backup set last night and it was 23g, which is way more CDs that I'd want to have to write.