Writing to LTO tape with a text index and a memory buffer
This script is for writing to LTO tape on Linux with tar and producing a plain text index file. It uses a
large memory buffer to keep the destination tape drive fed when the source drive can't consistently match the tape's
write speed (eg. when there are a mix of small and large files).
This was written for a small, manually managed tape collection. It writes tape index information and tar listings as text
to a file. This file can be stored separately, searched easily, and appended to the end of the tape if you want your
tapes to be self-describing: