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       amservice - run an amanda service on a client


       amservice [-f input_file [-s]] [-o configoption...] hostname auth service


       Amservice execute an Amanda service on a client. It can be used without amanda server
       configuration (amanda.conf and disklist). It can be used to check communication between a
       server and a client. Amservice reads stdin to capture the REQ packet to send to the

       See the amanda(8) man page for more details about Amanda.


           The hostname of the client.

           The auth to use, one of: bsd, bsdudp, bsdtcp, ssh, rsh or krb5. The client must be
           configured with this auth.

           The amanda service to execute on the client. One of noop, selfcheck or sendsize.

       -f input_file
           Use the file input_file instead of stdin to read the REQ packet from.

           Redirect the first connected stream to stdin/stdout. The -f argument is required for
           the REQ packet, the REP packet is not printed on stdout.

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


       The noop service is easy to execute because it does not require a REQ packet:
       amservice hostname bsdtcp noop < /dev/null

       The example executes the noop service on the client using bsdtcp auth. This is useful for
       debugging connection problems. It print an OPTIONS line upon success.

       It is more difficult to execute the selfcheck or sendsize service, as these require a
       valid REQ packet. If you have already uccessfully run amanda, you can find valid REQ
       packets in the amandad.*.debug files.


       The exit code of amservice is one of:
        0  = success
        1  = error executing amandad on the client.

       As amservice doesn´t parse the REP packet, it can only detect failures in executing
       amandad on the client.  amservice can exit with value 0 even if the user is not authorized
       to execute the service. An error message will be printed.


       amanda(8), amanda(8), amcheck(8), amdump(8), amadmin(8)

       The Amanda Wiki: :


       Jean-Louis Martineau <>
           Zmanda, Inc. (