SCSI tape question

Chuck Guzis cclist at
Fri Dec 12 11:29:45 CST 2014

On 12/12/2014 09:10 AM, Johnny Billquist wrote:

> Two tape marks is just a convention used by some software to indicate
> the logical EOT. It has no special meaning for the hardware. In fact,
> standard ANSI formatted tapes can legally contain two consecutive tape
> marks without it being the EOT. ANSI instead have a special record to
> indicate EOT.

Old tapes are extremely variable on their use of ANSI labels, so when 
archiving, I'll read as far as possible (i.e. either to EOT or a "blank 
media" exception.

And then there's Unix/Linux and many other OSes that don't give a fig 
about ANSI labels.


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