[TUHS] why does tar have the tape device hard coded into it and why is it mt1 instead of mt0

John Cowan cowan at mercury.ccil.org
Sat Dec 12 09:13:55 AEST 2015

Will Senn scripsit:

> Thanks, that'll teach me to read the man pages more carefully even
> when the command is familiar in its modern form. 

Note that if -f is not given, modern tars still default to the tape
drive, /dev/st0 on Linux or /dev/sa0 on *BSD.

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