Re: imaging/duplicating HP tape cartridges - lots of questions

Jack Rubin

I don't think this moves us ahead - page 15 of the 9877 manual says that "binary files cannot be duplicated with the dupc statement. If binary files are detected on the master cartridge, error 57 will be printed and the file will only be marked." It then carries on with a discussion of Record Memory and Load Memory, again noting that "binary programs will not be recorded when a record memory (rcm) is executed". 

What is the rationale for making binary copies impossible? Is this intended as a copy protection mechanism by HP or is it a version of kernel space/user space?

Can the assembler/editor dump memory in a usable format that preserves binary content?


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