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Scheduling backups

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Whenever ontape asks for a tape to be mounted, you must press the Enter key in order to continue. Most system administrators implement a simple routine to accomplish this task, which is useful when you use the cron utility of UNIX to run a script at a specified time. The following example should resolve the please-mount-the-tape problem. (Thanks to our friends at c.d.i., comp.databases.informix.)

% ontape -s -L 0<

Or if you're editing your script using vi, for example, you just need to press the Enter key in the here-document between the two hit words, as follows:

ontape -s -L 0 <

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This was last published in June 2000

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