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

Diomidis Spinellis dds at aueb.gr
Sun Dec 13 06:17:13 AEST 2015

Interesting! Chuck Haley is also listed as the author of tar in "Life
with Unix" p. 31 (Libes and Resler, Prentice Hall,  1989).  I wonder
where that piece of misinformation came from and what other errors are
in the book.

Anyway, I corrected tar's authorship in the Unix history Git repo


On 12/12/2015 19:17, Doug McIlroy wrote:
> Forget that I said, "I think that tar was written by Chuck Haley or Greg Chesson".
> Ken confirms that he wrote it, for dectape.
> Doug
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