> Mike Smith <[EMAIL PROTECTED]> wrote:
> > The 'r' prefix for tape devices is entirely unrelated to the 'r' prefix
> > for disk devices.
> I'd like to see some backup for this assertion. Historically, BSD
> (up to 4.4) used to have
> mt block device, rewinding
> nmt block device, non-rewinding
> rmt character device, rewinding
> nrmt character device, non-rewinding
> which leaves little room to doubt.
Interesting. I've never encountered a tape device to which the buffer
cache was applicable, except for the mythical SunOS swap-to-tape story,
and the 'r' has always been "rewind" for as long as I can remember.
We haven't made non-'r' devices since MAKEDEV rev 1.5.
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