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Closing out a print tape

Some computer operating systems have a bad habit of inserting tape marks into the output stream willy-nilly. This often results in loss of output when a tape is scratched after its first file has been printed. Other operating systems, notably those recently distributed by IBM for use with the 7090, put tape marks on print tapes only on command, so that frequently a print tape is removed from the computer without any tape mark, and extraneous material is printed.

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