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Re: How do I remove the "mt" command

From: J Martin Rushton
Subject: Re: How do I remove the "mt" command
Date: Thu, 16 Jul 2020 14:43:37 +0100
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You need to state which distribution you are using. For CentOS (and hence RHEL and Fedora) I simply ran:
 $ yum provides &/bin/mt
which told me the package it is in. apt has similar capabilities, but but I can't immediately test so will have to leave that for you to read up on if appropriate. Why bother though?

As to why the command is there: Linux runs on machines from small embedded systems through laptops, desktops and up to supercomputers and data centres. Large machines use tapes for backup, archives and in hierarchical filesystems. For instance an LTO6 tape holds up to 6 TiB (compressed) with a retention period in excess of 25 years. Yours for $22.58 from the first site I found. Great for off-site secures and a heck of a lot faster and more robust than a stack of 1,000 USB external disks!

On 16/07/2020 09:14, cael ras wrote:
The linux (or GNU/Linux, if you really want to call it that)  command "mt" is a command for using tape drives, according to the man page. Ok, why do I have this program on my computer? It's 2020, no one uses tape drives anymore (except for linus tech tips: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=alxqpbSZorA and **some** people). So how do I remove it?

J Martin Rushton MBCS

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