FORTRAN 77 Language Reference


If you are using the ENDFILE statement and other standard FORTRAN I/O for tapes, we recommend that you use the TOPEN() routines instead, because they are more reliable.

Two endfile records signify the end-of-tape mark. When writing to a tape file, ENDFILE writes two endfile records, then the tape backspaces over the second one. If the file is closed at this point, both end-of-file and end-of-tape are marked. If more records are written at this point, either by continued write statements or by another program if you are using no-rewind magnetic tape, the first tape mark stands (endfile record), and is followed by another data file, then by more tape marks, and so on.