Updated: 10/19/2020, 10:24:56 AM
Created: 10/19/2020, 10:24:56 AM
Last Updated By: Daniel Klein
Read Time: 1 minute(s)

# Description

TheT-READ command will read and display data from the tape device one block at a time. The command has the general form:

T-READ {CHANNEL=channel} {(options}


  • channel is the specific channel attachment (0-9).
  • optionmay be:
Option Description
A Convert from EBCDIC to ASCII
B Dumps and loads are in binary
C Convert tabs to spaces
I List item id's (record keys) as loaded etc.
i Same as (I) but just write '.' for each record
N inhibits automatic paging of output to the terminal
O Overwrite existing records when loading data
P Directs output to the spooler
V Just do a verify when loading
X Displays the output in hexadecimal format as well as character format
n{-m} Dumps blocks n to m from the current media position. If m is omitted, n blocks are output starting from the current media position. If the entire n-m option is omitted, all blocks are displayed until an end of file mark, (EOF), is encountered.

# Note

The paged display can be terminated by entering <ctrl E> instead of Return at the end of a page.

An example of use may be as:


to read and display two blocks in hexadecimal and character format.

Back to Tape Commands