9 track tapes and block sizes

Al Kossow aek at bitsavers.org
Fri Oct 2 15:13:25 CDT 2020

On 10/2/20 12:26 PM, Chuck Guzis via cctalk wrote:

> This is basically the problem with all of the container file formats
> that I've seen.  They seem to think that the data alone is sufficient to
> describe an object.   Quite often, a simple paper label is more
> informative than a bunch of bits

the joys of tacking bags onto legacy container formats

.tpc begat Wilson .tap which begat Supnik .tap and Bordynuik .tap

none of which can be identified without heuristics during reading

Bordynuik's at least had some provisions for reporting a bad block,
as I'm sure yours does.

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