allocate -- allocate a device
- The device to be allocated.
Allocate allocates a device for exclusive access by one user, and readies the device for i/o by some other program. A list of the devices available on the local system is maintained in the file dev$tapecap which needs to be configured by the site manager before it can be used. The status of given device may be obtained by calling devstatus .
1. Print a list of the allocatable devices. The logical device names are given at the left in the output text; ignore the information to the right. Note : The dev$devices file should be configured by the site manager when new tape devices are installed. Beginning with V2.9 it is used for informational purposes only.
cl> type dev$devices mta ... mtb ... mtc ... iis ...
2. Allocate a tape drive after checking its status.
cl> devstatus mtb device mtb is not currently allocated cl> cl> allocate mtb