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a bug relating to carry-tapes and a question relating copy file

This may be an aside to the main point of the discussion.  You mentioned
the desire to go through a Unix machine when processing tapes, to get
access to a more reliable tape drive.  It isn't necessary to go through
the Unix file system in order to go through a Unix tape drive!
You can use a Unix machine for its advantages as a tape controller
without suffering from its disadvantages as a file system.

If you use remote tape, you can access a tape drive on another machine
without actually putting files onto that machine.  People do this a lot.
On the Lisp Machine, you just specify a host name and drive number
when specifying what tape drive to use.

I don't know whether, in the case of Unix, it is necessary to have
Chaosnet support in your Unix in order to use remote tape.