Special files for the tape device

Each tape device has a set of special files providing access to the same physical drive but providing different attributes. Table 1 shows the attributes of the special files.
Note: The asterisk (*) in IBMtape* represents a number assigned to a particular device, such as IBMtape0.

For tape drives with attached medium changer devices, the IBMchanger* special file provides a separate path for issuing commands to the medium changer. When this special file is opened, the application can view the medium changer as a separate device. Both the tape and changer special file can be opened at the same time.

Table 1. Linux: Special files for IBM® tape devices
Special file name Rewind on Close
/dev/IBMTape* YES
/dev/IBMTape*n NO