I'm using Solaris 11.3 and wish to occasionally backup a bunch of large VM's and disk images directly to a used LTO6 tape drive bought off Ebay but even though Solaris TAR has the "E" flag to allow files > 8GB in size this is of no use to me because either way I understand that TAR simply aborts if it hits a media error when reading from a tape so I do not want to use it. CPIO will continue as apparently so will PAX but those two can't cope with files over 8GB and are deprecated and so will never do so.
Is there any successor to CPIO that can do everything CPIO does but will also backup files > 8GB? or a TAR replacement that will still continue? I'm not interested in portability so don't care what archive format is used as long as I can restore and do the usual stuff that proper archivers do like preserving timestamps, etc. etc.
I'll probably have to install Amanda or Bacula to get this job done and since I'm relatively new to *nix and finding no readily available command line program to do this in any other unix or Linux variant is a surprise as reading on the net I see that people were complaining about this issue and previous 2GB limits shortly after the turn of the century.