AMVAULT(8) System Administration Commands AMVAULT(8)

NAME amvault - Copy Amanda dumps from one volume to another

SYNOPSIS amvault [-o configoption]... config src-run-timestamp dst-changer label-template

WARNING This application is not yet in its final form, and is subject to major revision in subsequent versions of Amanda. Backward compatibility is not guaranteed.

The significant limitations of this version of amvault are: tapetypes for secondary and tertiary volumes much match (including length and device_properties); tertiary volumes must be blank (manual erasure is required to re-use tertiary media; restore/recover operations will request tertiary media by label when dumpfiles are not found on secondary media, but there is no provision to automatically fetch such media from a different changer; and all dumpfiles on a secondary volume are moved to tertiary media - there is no provision to filter dumps.

Feedback on and patches to this application are invited and encouraged!

DESCRIPTION Amvault Copies data from the run with timestamp src-run-timestamp onto volumes using the changer dst-changer, labeling new volumes with label-template. If src-run-timestamp is "latest", then the most recent amdump or amflush run will be used.

In a vaulting operation, the source media is referred to as "secondary media", while the destination is referred to as "tertiary media".

Each source volume will be copied to a new destination volume; no re-assembly or splitting will be performed. Destination volumes must be at least as large as the source volumes.

The changer parameter should specify the name of a changer defined in amanda.conf(5). For example:

define changer vaulting_tape { tapedev "/dev/rmt/1n" tpchanger "chg-zd-mtx" changerdev "/dev/sg0" changerfile "vaulting-changer.conf" }

The label template functions identically to the label-new-tapes parameter in amanda.conf(5).

SEE ALSO amanda(8)

AUTHOR Dustin J. Mitchell <> Zmanda, Inc. (

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