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       amvault - Copy Amanda dumps from one volume to another


       amvault [-o configoption...] [-q] [--quiet] [-n] [--dry-run]
               [--fulls-only] [--export] [--src-timestamp src-timestamp]
               --label-template label-template --dst-changer dst-changer
               [--autolabel autolabel-arg...]
               [hostname [ disk [ date [ level [ hostname [...] ] ] ] ]]


       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.

       Note that Amanda 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

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


       Amvault is conceptually equivalent to "amfetchdump | taper". That is,
       it reads specified dumps from secondary media and re-writes them on
       tertiary media.

       Amvault Copies data from the run with timestamp src-timestamp onto
       volumes using the changer dst-changer, and labeling new volumes with
       label-template. If src-timestamp is "latest", then the most recent
       amdump or amflush run will be used. If --fulls-only is given, then only
       full (level-0) dumps are copied.

       The --quiet (-q) option will eliminate non-error messages, and is
       useful when running amvault from cron. The --dry-run (-n) option will
       cause amvault to print the dumps it would vault, but not actually
       perform any vaulting operations.

   Secondary Media
       The dumps to be read from secondary media can be specified by any
       combination of dump specifications, --fulls-only, and --src-timestamp.
       At least one must be specified, lest amvault attempt to vault all dumps
       in the catalog. See amanda-match(7) for more information on dump

       Note that the datestamp given in the dumpspec is the dump datestamp -
       the run in which the backup was taken on the Amanda client. The
       --src-timestamp, on the other hand, is the write timestamp - the run in
       which the dump was written to secondary media. The latter option
       facilitates duplicating the results of an entire backup run, including
       any dumps that might have been flushed from holding disk.

   Tertiary Media
       The --dst-changer must be specified, and names the changer in which
       tertiary media are stored. In general, this should be different from
       the secondary changer, to eliminate the possibility of overwriting
       secondary media with tertiary data.

       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 option is required, and specifies a label template
       which is used to generate new labels for tertiary volumes. The
       --autolabel option works just like the autolabel parameter in
       amanda.conf(5), and can be specified multiple times if necessary. The
       default is ┬┤empty┬┤.

       If amanda.conf(5) contains the new part-size splitting parameters, then
       amvault will use them without any additional configuration. However, if
       the configuration still uses the old splitting parameters
       (tape_splitsize, split_diskbuffer, and fallback_splitsize), then
       amvault will need some additional configuration in order to properly
       split dumps to tertiary media. To do so, specify a new tapetype in
       amanda.conf(5), say "TERTIARY", and set the part-size and other
       appropriate parameters there. Then reference that tapetype in the
       amvault invocation:

           amvault -otapetype=TERTIARY ...

       The --export option will cause amvault to attempt to move completed
       tertiary volumes to import/export slots, where they can be more easily
       removed by an operator.


       amanda(8), amanda-changers(7), amfetchdump(8)

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       Dustin J. Mitchell <>
           Zmanda, Inc. (