Steve Kargl <[EMAIL PROTECTED]> wrote:

> The "r" in tape device names has traditionally meant "r"ewind.

We've been over this before.  If you check the old 4.xBSD releases,
the 'r' clearly means "raw device".  Once upon a time there were
tape block devices.

> The rewind and non-rewind tape device names were changed under
> devfs from rsa0 and nrsa0 to sa0 and nsa0, (which IMHO
> violates POLA).

They were changed in MAKEDEV long before that.  MAKEDEV also provides
'r' names for compatibility.  devfs simply did away with those
compat links.  For all kinds of devices, not only the tape drives.

Christian "naddy" Weisgerber                          [EMAIL PROTECTED]

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