AIX Tape and Medium Changer device driver
This chapter describes the IBM® AIX® Enhanced Tape and Medium Changer Device Driver (Atape) for IBM tape devices.
The IBM AIX Enhanced Tape and Medium Changer device driver is designed to take advantage of the features that are provided by the IBM tape drives and medium changer devices. The goal is to give applications access to the functions required for basic tape operations (such as backup and restore) and medium changer operations (such as mount and unmount the cartridges), and to the advanced functions needed by full tape management systems. Whenever possible, the driver is designed to take advantage of the device features transparent to the application.