> > since the capacity of a 295 feet-DAT-tape is about 2 GB.
> > After scanning the sources of dump for the estmated-tapes-formula,
> > i found some strange constants being used there that i do not
> > understand and that are not documented nor explained anywhere.
> > I want to rewrite the formula for this calculation in
> > the dump-sources but i need some informations on this topic.
> no, you dont ;) well maybe you do but others dont want you to :)
> the formulas in dump are there for the old 9-track tapes.
> just use the newer parameters: B and b.
Modifying the manual page to include a description along these lines might
be a much better utilization of time... modifying the formulas is silly
because it will fail when we move on to another major type of tape
technology. Jonathan's suggestion to use B and b is probably right on.