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Manual Reference Pages  -  TAPELIST (5)

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tapelist - The list of Amanda volumes in use



The tapelist file contains the list of tapes in active use. This file is not ordinarily ordinarily edited or examined manually. Its format may change, or it may be removed altogether, in future versions of Amanda. It contains lines of the form:

YYYYMMDD label flags [BARCODE:barcode] [META:meta] [BLOCKSIZE:blocksize] [#comment]

Where YYYYMMDD is the date the tape was written, label is a label for the tape as written by amlabel and flags is one of "reuse" or "no-reuse" and tells Amanda whether the tape may be reused. A non-reusable tape will not be overwritten, even if it is older than dumpcycle dumps. See the reuse options of amadmin(8). The optional barcode is prefixed with BARCODE if the volume have a barcode. The optional meta label is prefixed with META if the volume is on a meta volume. The optional blocksize is prefixed with BLOCKSIZE. The optional comment is prefixed with a # and continues to the end of the line. Amanda will maintain this comment until the tape is overwritten. Note that comments are not allowed on blank lines.

The file is sorted such that the most-recently used tape appears on the first line, and the oldest tape appears on the last line.

Amdump and amflush will by default refuse to write to an unlabeled tape, or to a labeled tape that is considered active or marked "no-reuse". There must be more tapes in active rotation (see the tapecycle option) than there are runs in the backup cycle (see the dumpcycle option) to prevent overwriting a backup image that would be needed to do a full recovery.


amanda(8), amanda.conf(5)

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