Subject: Re: kern/6434: compress/nocompress bit for tapes
To: Perry E. Metzger <firstname.lastname@example.org>
From: Todd Vierling <email@example.com>
Date: 11/13/1998 20:23:07
On Fri, 13 Nov 1998, Perry E. Metzger wrote:
: > : Just as there is a reserved bit in the tape device minor number to
: > : control rewind/norewind, it would be very handy to have a bit that
: > : controls whether compression is enabled or not.
: > What's wrong with "mt compress 1"/"mt compress 0"?
: Why do we need rewinding devices when we have mt rew?
Good point, but the semantics are a little bit different. You can "mt rew"
a rewinding device with well defined behavior.
What "mt compress 0/1" does on the compress/nocompress device is a little
more vague; should it keep state on a device declared with a given
-- Todd Vierling (Personal firstname.lastname@example.org; Bus. email@example.com)