On Sunday,  7 May 2000 at 16:48:36 -0700, Mike Smith wrote:
>> 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.

I suspect that's an assumption on your part.  I think we've come up
with enough man pages to support naddy's statement.

> We haven't made non-'r' devices since MAKEDEV rev 1.5.

For good reasons :-)

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