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       sdd - disk dump and restore to and from tape or file; copy and/or

       sdd [ option=value ] [ -flag ]

       Sdd copies the specified input file to a specified output file
       performing the requested conversions. The standard input and output are
       used by default.  The input and output block size may be specified to
       take advantage of raw physical I/O.

       After completion, sdd reports the number of whole records, the sum of
       bytes from partial input and output blocks and the total amount in kilo
       bytes on inout and output.

       If ibs and obs differ, sdd is faster than dd due to the use of an
       intelligent algorithm.

       -help  Print a summary of the available options.

              Input is taken from file name; default is stdin.

              If sdd is installed suid root, name may be in remote syntax:
              user@host:filename as in rcp(1) even if invoked by non root
              users.  See SUID NOTES for more information.

              To make a file local although it includes a colon (:), the
              filename must start with: '/', './' or '../'

              Output is taken from file name; default is stdout.  Note that
              sdd creates and truncates the output file by default; therefore
              the oseek=# option is useless without the -notrunc option except
              in special cases such as using magnetic tape or disk special

              If sdd is installed suid root, name may be in remote syntax:
              user@host:filename as in rcp(1) even if invoked by non root

              Note that if sdd talks to an old rmt remote tape server, it does
              not open a remote file with the O_CREAT open flag because this
              would be extremely dangerous.  If the rmt server on the other
              side is the rmt server that comes with star or the GNU rmt
              server, sdd may use the symbolic mode for the open flags.  Only
              the symbolic open modes allow to send all possible open modes in
              a portable way to remote tape servers.

              It is recommended to use the rmt server that comes with star.
              It is the only rmt server that gives platform independent
              compatibility with BSD, Sun and GNU rmt clients and it includes
              security features that may be set up in /etc/default/rmt.

       -inull Do not read input from file.  This is similar to if=/dev/zero
              but much faster.  Sdd uses a prepared cleared buffer to satisfy

       -onull Do not produce any output. This is similar to of=/dev/null but
              actually does not write to any file.

       ibs=#, obs=#, bs=#
              Set input block size, output block size or both to # (default
              512 Bytes).

       cbs=#  Set Conversion buffer size to #.

       ivsize=#, ovsize=#
              Set input volume size or output volume size to #. You can make
              copies from devices of different size by using this option. If
              you want to make a copy to a tape having a size of 60 MBytes you
              should use the option ovsize=60M.  If the capacity of the tape
              is exceeded, sdd wil ask for a second volume. In case ivsize is
              exceeded, if N<cr> is typed, it is treated as an EOF condition
              and sdd writes any buffered data to output and exits. In case
              ovsize is exceeded, if N<cr> is typed, sdd stops and the
              statistics it prints show that more data were read than written.

              Transfer # of input records or until EOF.

       iseek=#, iskip=#
              Seek/skip the first # Bytes from input before beginning

       oseek=#, oskip=#
              Seek/skip the first # Bytes from output before beginning

       seek=#, skip=#
              Seek/skip the first # Bytes from input and output before
              beginning transfer.

       ivseek=#, ovseek=#
              Seek # Bytes from input/output at the beginning of each
              input/output volume before beginning transfer. (You can skip
              labels of disks and floppies with this option.)  Note that the
              iseek/oseek options still work, but only apply to the first
              volume.  Their values are added to the values of ivseek and

              Do not truncate an already existing output file before beginning
              transfer.  This enables it to copy one file into another.

       -pg    Print a dot to stderr each time a record is written to indicate

       -time, -t
              Report the total time and the transfer rate.

              Do not stop transfer on I/O errors. Error messages will appear
              on the screen.

              Do not write blocks that are not read corretly. Seek on the
              output to skip the bad block.  The output file must be seekable
              or -noerrwrite will not work correctly.

              Do not seek after I/O errors. This implies try=1.

       try=#  Set retry count to #.  Only if -noerror was specified. (default

       -debug Turn on debugging messages. You can get knowledge about record
              sizes on tapes with variable record size with this option.

       -fill  Pad every output record with zeros up to obs.  If ibs equals
              obs, or only bs was specified, every record will be padded with
              zeros, otherwise this only applies to the last record.

       -swab  Swaps bytes (except for the last byte in odd block sizes and odd
              transfers due to EOF).

       -block, -unblock
              Convert fixed length records to variable records and vice versa.

       -lcase, -ucase
              Map alphabetics to lower/upper case.

       -ascii, -ebcdic, -ibm
              Convert EBCDIC to ASCII resp.  ASCII to EBCDIC resp.  ASCII to
              the IBM variant of EBCDIC.

       -help  Prints a short summary of the sdd options and exists.

              Prints the sdd version number string and exists.

       sdd if=/dev/rsd0a of=/dev/nrst8 bs=2x7x17b

       Copies the disk /dev/rsd0a to the tape /dev/nrst8 using a record size
       of 2*7*17 blocks.  (this is 2 Cylinders.)

       sdd if=/dev/rsd0c of=/dev/rsd1c seek=1b bs=63k

       Copy the whole disk sd0 to sd1 preserving the old label on disk sd1.


       dd(1), star(1), rmt(1), tr(1), cp(1), copy(1)

       sdd: Read  f records + p bytes (total of x bytes = d.nnk).
       sdd: Wrote f records + p bytes (total of x bytes = d.nnk).

       The number of full records, the number of bytes in partial records and
       the total amount of data in KBytes.

       With the QUIT signal ( usually ^\ ) the actual state is displayed.

       Opposed to dd, sdd is able to handle -iseek -oseek -seek as well as
       -iskip -oskip -skip regardless to the buffer size. You can make a whole
       physical copy of a disk without copying the label in one pass of sdd.

       When numbers are unspecified the are taken to be bytes.

       You can make them `words' (2 bytes) if they are followed by a `w' or

       You can make them blocks (512 bytes) if they are followed by a `b' or

       You can make them Kbytes (1024 bytes) if they are followed by a `k' or

       You can make them Mbytes (1024 * 1024 bytes) if they are followed by a
       `m' or `M'.

       You can make them Gbytes (1024 * 1024 *1024 bytes) if they are followed
       by a `g' or `G'.

       A pair of numbers may be separated by `*' or `x' to indicate a product.

       If sdd is installed suid root, sdd is able to make connections to
       remote files for non root users.  This is done by using the rcmd(3)
       interface to get a connection to a rmt(1) server.

       Sdd resets its effective uid back to the real user id immediately after
       setting up the remote connection to the rmt server and before opening
       any other file.

       The option iskip=# and oskip=# and skip=# as well as -block and
       -unblock are not implemented.

       It is confusing to allow the use of all additions together with the
       record counter -count as they are possible with obs=#.

Joerg Schilling                    01/07/17                            SDD(1E)