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t 18:56 16/09/01 +1000, you wrote:
Jon Biddell wrote:

> Monthly backups are archived permenantly, weekly tapes re-cycle every 4 weeks.
>
> The advantage doing a differential, rather than incremental, is that a file
> modified on Monday is also backed up on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.
> With an INCREMENTAL, the Monday file will only be on the Monday tape, as
> the archive bit is reset after backup.

Thus requiring only 2 tapes for a full restore at any time.

Yes, correct... And also correct about tar, which is a pain....

Although I have a script (from Anthony Rumble) that seems to build a list of files and then back them up - you might modify that.