The VAX is running

Ethan Dicks ethan.dicks at
Sat Apr 4 13:19:28 CDT 2009

On Sat, Apr 4, 2009 at 1:58 PM, Daniel Seagraves
<dseagrav at> wrote:
> Magtape has blocks.
> On Apr 4, 2009, at 12:53 PM, Richard wrote:
>> In article <f4eb766f0904031640g7c90507eo92411f16365021e1 at>,
>>    Ethan Dicks <ethan.dicks at>  writes:
>>> Back in the day, we used to move copies around on magtape, bypassing
>>> all sorts of stream-of-bytes issues.  Today, of course, most things
>>> expect streams of bytes, so that's how most things are presented.
>> How does magtape avoid the stream-of-bytes issue?

Right... one block, one RMS record.

On UNIX systems, tape blocks tend to be all one size.  Somewhat less so on VMS.


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