I'm trying to copy a file from an old tape ( about 20 years old)
When I use batch file aid I get this message :ER048-OPEN ERROR 813-04
The operator says this means the tape has no label
I've tried IEBEGENER, AND SORT as well
I've tried using parameter VOL=SER=nnnnnn
tried, LABEL = NL, UNIT=TAPE
Can't find any examples on line
Joined: 06 Jun 2008 Posts: 8235 Location: Dubuque, Iowa, USA
My first thought is that tapes deteriorate over time -- anything more than five years old, I've heard, is basically sheer luck whether or not you can retrieve any data from it.
Do you have a TAPEMAP utility you can run on the tape? That would tell you a lot -- if it is available.
//SYSUT1 DD DISP=OLD,DSN=A,LABEL=(1,NL),UNIT=TAPE (or whatever you use)
with an appropriate DCB should allow reading the tape -- if there is still data available on it. Use a DSN that won't cause you RACF problems -- if the tape is not labeled, there won't be an issue and if the tape is labeled you'll get back a message with the DSN as recorded on the label.
well I must have sheer luck, this client has 25 tapes from 1985 to 1990. I've managed to read and exract data from 24 of them. This is the last tape.
No SAS and no TAPEMAP
My GENER gets a message : JOB CANCELLED BY INSTALLATION EXIT - IEFUJV My Fileaid got this: ER048-OPEN ERROR 813-04
but I've tried lots of different combinations of things, with different error messages