(x-posted from FCP-L and fxphd....apologies to anyone who already saw this)
So we broke down and got a Quantum LTO3A unit (our punishment for trusting external hard-drives for backups and archive). So far, other than the horrible Java FTP client, it works great.
One question I have for fellow LTO3A owners, though. How are you cataloguing the contents of your backup tapes? Since the unit is FTP only, I can't use standard OSX media cataloguing apps like CDFinder or MediaCatalog to catalogue the tape contents into a database. Well, actually, I take that back...I *can* mount the unit on the Desktop using the built-in FTP capabilities of Finder, but as many of us know, the Finder FTP client is flakier than than a dude in a Head & Shoulders commercial. It works to catalog stuff this way some times, and other times, it just continually disconnects at random times.
I assumed that I could just log in to the unit via command-line FTP, and issue a recursive listing ("ls -laR") that I could pipe out to a text-file, but the damned built-in FTP server does not support the fricken -R flag!!! GRRRR!!!!!
I've tried Cyberduck, Transmit, Finder, MacFUSE ftpfs and none of them can hold a connection to the drive, even when uploading to it.
Any ideas how we can simply catalogue our tapes?
Thanks in advance,