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 :-)
Finger [EMAIL PROTECTED] for PGP public key
See complete headers for address and phone numbers
To Unsubscribe: send mail to [EMAIL PROTECTED]
with "unsubscribe freebsd-current" in the body of the message