afio is a better way of dealing with
archives. It is generally faster than
cpio, provides more diverse
magnetic tape options and deals somewhat gracefully with input data corruption.
It supports multivolume archives during interactive operation.
afio can make compressed archives that are much safer than
is best used as an "archive engine" in a backup script.
$ find . -depth -print0 | afio -px -0a new-dir
All my backups onto tape use