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backup labeltape - Creates the magnetic label on a tape
backup labeltape << [-name <AFS tape name, defaults to NULL] >>>
<< [-size <tape size in Kbytes, defaults to size in tapeconfig] >>>
<< [-portoffset <TC port offset] >>>
<< [-pname <permanent tape name] >>>
[-localauth] << [-cell <cell name] >>> [-help]
backup la << [-n <AFS tape name, defaults to NULL] >>>
<< [-s <tape size in Kbytes, defaults to size in tapeconfig] >>>
<< [-po <TC port offset] >>> << [-pn <permanent tape name] >>>
[-l] << [-c <cell name] >>> [-h]
The backup labeltape command creates a magnetic label, readable by the
Backup System, at the beginning of a tape. The label records the tape’s
name (either a permanent name, or an AFS tape name that reflects the
tape’s contents in a prescribed format) and its capacity.
(If the FILE YES instruction appears in the
/var/lib/openafs/backup/CFG_device_name file on the Tape Coordinator
machine associated with the specified port offset, then the backup
command writes label information to the first 16 KB block in the backup
data file listed for that port offset in the Tape Coordinator’s
/var/lib/openafs/backup/tapeconfig file, rather than at the beginning
of a tape. For the sake of clarity, the following text refers to tapes
only, but the Backup System handles backup data files in much the same
Relabeling a tape that already contains AFS backup data effectively
makes the data unusable, because the command removes the Backup
Database record of the complete dump set of which the tape is a part.
Use this command to enable recycling of a tape that contains unexpired
dumps that are not actually still needed.
To write a permanent name on the label, include the -pname argument to
specify a string of up to 32 characters. The permanent name persists
until the -pname argument is again included on the backup labeltape
command, regardless of the tape’s contents and of how often the tape is
otherwise relabeled or recycled. Include this argument or the -name
argument, but not both. If this argument is included, the AFS tape name
is set to < <NULL >>. The permanent name is set to < <NULL >> if this
argument is omitted and no permanent name already exists.
The issuer must ensure that a permanent name is unique among the tapes
used for AFS backup in the cell, because the backup command interpreter
does not verify that another tape does not already have the same
permanent name. When a tape has a permanent name, the Backup System
uses it instead of the AFS tape name in most prompts and when referring
to the tape in output from backup commands. The permanent name appears
in the tape name field of the output from the backup readlabel command.
To write an AFS tape name on the label, provide a value for the -name
argument in the required format described in the OPTIONS manpage.
Include the -name argument or the -pname argument, but not both. If
this argument is omitted, the AFS tape name is set to < <NULL >>, but
the Backup System automatically assigns the appropriate name when the
tape is used in a future backup dump or backup savedb operation. The
AFS tape name appears in the AFS tape name field of the output from the
backup readlabel and backup scantape commands.
The backup command interpreter does not accept the -name argument if
the tape already has a permanent name. To erase a tape’s permanent
name, provide a null value to the -pname argument by issuing the
% backup labeltape -pname ""
To record the tape’s capacity on the label, specify a number of
kilobytes as the -size argument. If the argument is omitted the first
time a tape is labeled, the Backup System records the default tape
capacity recorded for the specified port offset in the
/var/lib/openafs/backup/tapeconfig file on the Tape Coordinator
machine. Subsequently, the value in the size field persists until the
-size argument is again included on the backup labeltape command.
To determine how much data can be written to a tape during a backup
dump or backup savedb operation, the Tape Coordinator reads the
capacity recorded on the tape’s label (or uses the value associated
with its port offset in the /var/lib/openafs/backup/tapeconfig file, if
the tape was never labeled). For further description, see the backup
dump reference page.
The Tape Coordinator’s default response to this command is to access
the tape by invoking the MOUNT instruction in the local
/var/lib/openafs/backup/CFG_device_name file, or by prompting the
backup operator to insert the tape if there is no MOUNT instruction.
However, if the AUTOQUERY NO instruction appears in the CFG_device_name
file, or if the issuer of the butc command included the -noautoquery
flag, the Tape Coordinator instead expects the tape to be in the device
already. If it is not, the Tape Coordinator invokes the MOUNT
instruction or prompts the operator.
-name <AFS tape name>
Specifies the AFS tape name to record on the label. Include this
argument or the -pname argument, but not both. If this argument is
omitted, the AFS tape name is set to < <NULL >>. If this argument
is provided, it must have the following format:
for the tape to be acceptable for use in a future backup dump
operation. The <volume_set_name> must match the volume set name of
the initial dump to be written to the tape, <dump_level_name> must
match the last element of the dump level pathname at which the
volume set will be dumped, and <tape_index> indicates the order of
the tape in the dump set (indexing begins with 1). To disable this
type of name checking, include the NAME_CHECK NO instruction in the
For the tape to be acceptable for use in a future backup savedb
operation, the value specified for the -name argument must have the
where <tape_index> indicates the order of the tape in the set of
tapes that house the Backup Database dump; indexing begins with 1
-size <tape size>
Specifies the tape capacity to record on the label. Provide an
integer value followed by a letter that indicates units, with no
intervening space. A unit value of k or K indicates kilobytes, m or
M indicates megabytes, and g or G indicates gigabytes. If the units
letter is omitted, the default is kilobytes.
If this argument is omitted the first time a tape is labeled, the
Backup System records the capacity that is associated with the
specified port offset in the /var/lib/openafs/backup/tapeconfig
file on the Tape Coordinator machine. The value recorded the first
time then persists until the -size argument is provided on a future
issuance of the command.
-portoffset <TC port offset>
Specifies the port offset number of the Tape Coordinator handling
the tape for this operation.
-pname <permanent tape name>
Specifies the permanent name to record on the label. It can be up
to 32 characters in length, and include any alphanumeric
characters. Avoid metacharacters that have a special meaning to
the shell, to avoid having to mark them as literal in commands
issued at the shell prompt.
Include this argument or the -name argument, but not both. If this
argument is provided, the AFS tape name is set to < <NULL >>. If
this argument is omitted, any existing permanent name is retained.
Constructs a server ticket using a key from the local
/etc/openafs/server/KeyFile file. The backup command interpreter
presents it to the Backup Server, Volume Server and VL Server
during mutual authentication. Do not combine this flag with the
-cell argument. For more details, see the backup(8) manpage.
-cell <cell name>
Names the cell in which to run the command. Do not combine this
argument with the -localauth flag. For more details, see the
Prints the online help for this command. All other valid options
The following command records the AFS tape name user.monthly.1 on the
label of the tape in the device with port offset 3:
% backup labeltape -name user.monthly.1 -portoffset 3
The following three commands are equivalent in effect: they all record
a capacity of 2 GB on the label of the tape in the device with port
offset 4. They set the AFS tape name to < <NULL >> and leave the
permanent name unchanged.
% backup labeltape -size 2g -portoffset 4
% backup labeltape -size 2048M -portoffset 4
% backup labeltape -size 2097152 -portoffset 4
The issuer must be listed in the /etc/openafs/server/UserList file on
every machine where the Backup Server is running, or must be logged
onto a server machine as the local superuser root if the -localauth
flag is included.
the butc(5) manpage, the backup(8) manpage, the backup_readlabel(8)
manpage, the butc(8) manpage
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