HOWTO Restore from an Arkeia tape without installing Arkeia
This article was first written in January 2006 for the BeezNest technical website (http://glasnost.beeznest.org/articles/323).
Sometimes, you will find useful not to have to install Arkeia on your machine (a Linux system) to restore an old tape. Here is how.
Insert the tape into your device and rewind it like this:
# mt -f /dev/st0 rewind
Get the first 64k of the tape as a C program called readarkeia
# dd if=/dev/st0 of=readarkeia.c bs=64k
Edit it (readarkeia.c of course), there are chances you’ll have to clean it up a bit.
Compile it like this:
# gcc readarkeia.c -o readarkeia
If it doesn’t work, try again with the -Wall option to gcc.
Extract all your data , for example like this:
# ./readarkeia xvf /dev/st0
 it works mostly like tar