Introduced in the 1995 ANSI M[UMPS] language standard.
This variable provides information about the status of the current device.
The value of $DEVICE depends on the active mnemonicspace.
For the mnemonicspace "X3.64", the possible values are:
1 mnemonicspace not found
2 invalid controlmnemonic
3 parameter out of range
4 hardware error
5 controlmnemonic not available for this device
6 parameter not available for this device
7 attempt to move outside of boundary - not moved
8 attempt to move outside of boundary - moved to boundary
9 auxiliary device not ready
The initial value of $DEVICE is implementation-dependent. However, if the initial value of $IO is the empty string, then the initial value of $DEVICE is also the empty string.
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