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EBCDIC tape dump

The Question is:


We have some 9-track tapes that were written to on an
IBM mainframe in EBCDIC.  Is there a way short of paying
for a high priced utility that will show us a dump of
this tape similar to the ASCII/Hex DCL dump?  Are there
any freeware utilities to do this?  Is there anything
built into VMS that I am not aware of?  How about Fortran source code
to do this?  Thanks in advance,

The Answer is:

The DECUS ETAPE utility will provide access to EBCDIC tapes.  See
http://www.decus.org/ for more information.  You can also MOUNT/FOREIGN
the tape and dump or copy data from it - even in Fortran.  Each physical
block on the tape will appear as one record, including the label records.