AMDEVCHECK(8) System Administration Commands AMDEVCHECK(8)

NAME amdevcheck - Validate an Amanda device and volume.

SYNOPSIS amdevcheck config [device name] [-o configoption]...

DESCRIPTION Amdevcheck provides a way to check that a particular Amanda device is accessible, whether or not it contains a volume, and whether or not that volume is labeled. Some devices can´t distinguish between all of these cases; a missing volume and an unlabeled volume might generate the same error code, for example. In those cases, this tool reports all possible causes of the error.

See the amanda(8) man page for more details about Amanda. See amanda- devices(7) for more information on devices.

OPTIONS config

Amanda configuration to use. Note that amdevcheck ignores any tape changer configuration.


Amanda device to use. This option overrides any tapedev configuration specified in the configuration file.

-o clientconfigoption See the "CONFIGURATION OVERRIDE" section in amanda(8).

OUTPUT Amdevcheck returns one or more of the following lines. If multiple lines appear, then at least one, but not necessarily all of the messages apply. This situation can occur when working with hardware or operating systems which cannot distinguish, for example, between a malfunctioning drive and a functional but unloaded drive.

SUCCESS A tape is ready.

DEVICE_ERROR A device error has occurred.

DEVICE_BUSY The device is busy.

VOLUME_MISSING No tape is loaded in the drive.

VOLUME_UNLABELED The tape in the drive is unlabeled.

VOLUME_ERROR A volume error has occurred.

MESSAGE text Where text provides a human-readable description of the problem.

SEE ALSO amanda(8), ammt(8), :

AUTHOR Ian Turner <> Zmanda, Inc. (

Amanda 2.6.1p2 11/05/2009 AMDEVCHECK(8)