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+IDE ATAPI streaming tape driver.
+This driver is a part of the Linux ide driver.
+The driver, in co-operation with ide.c, basically traverses the
+request-list for the block device interface. The character device
+interface, on the other hand, creates new requests, adds them
+to the request-list of the block device, and waits for their completion.
+The block device major and minor numbers are determined from the
+tape's relative position in the ide interfaces, as explained in ide.c.
+The character device interface consists of the following devices:
+ht0 major 37, minor 0 first IDE tape, rewind on close.
+ht1 major 37, minor 1 second IDE tape, rewind on close.
+nht0 major 37, minor 128 first IDE tape, no rewind on close.
+nht1 major 37, minor 129 second IDE tape, no rewind on close.
+The general magnetic tape commands compatible interface, as defined by
+include/linux/mtio.h, is accessible through the character device.
+General ide driver configuration options, such as the interrupt-unmask
+flag, can be configured by issuing an ioctl to the block device interface,
+as any other ide device.
+Our own ide-tape ioctl's can be issued to either the block device or
+the character device interface.
+Maximal throughput with minimal bus load will usually be achieved in the
+ 1. ide-tape is operating in the pipelined operation mode.
+ 2. No buffering is performed by the user backup program.
+Testing was done with a 2 GB CONNER CTMA 4000 IDE ATAPI Streaming Tape Drive.
+Here are some words from the first releases of hd.c, which are quoted
+in ide.c and apply here as well:
+| Special care is recommended. Have Fun!
+1. Support for the ATAPI overlap protocol.
+In order to maximize bus throughput, we currently use the DSC
+overlap method which enables ide.c to service requests from the
+other device while the tape is busy executing a command. The
+DSC overlap method involves polling the tape's status register
+for the DSC bit, and servicing the other device while the tape
+In the current QIC development standard (December 1995),
+it is recommended that new tape drives will *in addition*
+implement the ATAPI overlap protocol, which is used for the
+same purpose - efficient use of the IDE bus, but is interrupt
+driven and thus has much less CPU overhead.
+ATAPI overlap is likely to be supported in most new ATAPI
+devices, including new ATAPI cdroms, and thus provides us
+a method by which we can achieve higher throughput when
+sharing a (fast) ATA-2 disk with any (slow) new ATAPI device.