Tape retensioning

Jack F. Vogel jackv at turnkey.gryphon.COM
Tue Jan 9 02:58:17 AEST 1990

In article <1990Jan8.034014.3445 at esegue.segue.boston.ma.us> johnl at esegue.segue.boston.ma.us (John R. Levine) writes:
>In article <1990Jan6.063506.8670 at actrix.co.nz> paul at actrix.co.nz (Paul Gillingwater) writes:
>>But what happens to new users who haven't got a C compiler?
>>How do *they* retension their tapes?  And yes, I tried RTFM...
>A quick look at the permuted index in the FM reveals the existence of the 
>"tapecntl" command, and its -t for retension option.
Well, AT&T's FM does indeed contain a man page for this command, but as far
as I can tell ISC doesn't ship the thing so Paul's complaint stands. Could
someone at ISC comment, just what is a user in that situation supposed to do??
If you have an Archive tape and get your driver from them, they include a
program called ctape that works about like SCO's tape command, rewinds,
retentions, displays status, etc. Oh, and even some users that have the
development system are not going to be experienced enough to write the code
necessary to do this. ISC really should provide something, at least for the
tape they provide drivers for.

Disclaimer: As usual, IMHO only!

Jack F. Vogel			jackv at seas.ucla.edu
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