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IBM zPDT Guide and Reference: System z Personal Development Tool by Bill Ogden

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Tape drives and tapes
Tape drive use (for real SCSI tape drives or for emulated tape drives using awstape formats) might be important to some developers. The zPDT system offers a number of options in this area.
SCSI tape drives may be used in two ways:
The awsscsi device manager allows SCSI tape drives to be used by System z programs.
Several Linux utilities that directly use SCSI tape drives are provided with zPDT. These utilities are normally used when zPDT is not active. These utilities are not associated with devmaps or a device manager. ...

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