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       amtape - Control Amanda changers


       amtape [-o configoption...] config subcommand [subcommand_options...]


       Amtape is the command-line interface to Amanda's tape changers (amanda-changers(7)) and to
       the taperscan algorithm (amanda-taperscan(7)).

       Tape changers maintain a notion of the current slot for each configuration. This may or
       may not correspond to an actual physical state of the device, but is used by some
       taperscan algorithms to minimize searching through the slots.

       Amtape uses the default changer. To use a different changer, use the config override
       option, e.g., -otpchanger=otherchanger.


           Call the changer create method, it create the vtape root dirtectory or the s3 bucket.

       label label
           Search for and load the Amanda tape with label [label], also setting the current slot.

       slot slot [drive drive]
           Load the volume in the given slot, also setting the current slot. The slot names
           current, next, first, and last have special meaning.

           Shorthand for slotcurrent.

           Show the contents of all slots, based on the changer's cached metadata. This is a
           quick operation as it does not load or unload any volumes, but is not supported by all

       show [slots]
           Show the contents of all slots (or listed slots) by loading each slot and reading its
           label. This can be very slow. The slots arguments is of the form 1,3-5,7.

           Reset the changer to a known state. This subcommand is intended to clear any unknown
           and potentially incorrect state the changer may have stored.

       eject [drive]
           Eject the tape currently in the drive. This only applies to some changers. Specify a
           drive (by drive number) if more than one drive is available.

       clean [drive]
           If a cleaning tape is defined for the changer, used it to clean the specified drive.
           The [drive] is optional if the changer only has one drive.

           sync the catalog with a device that support it,

           Run the taperscan algorithm (see amanda-taperscan(7)), displaying information about
           the progress of the scan.

       update [what]
           Update changer state. Consult amanda-changers(7) for changer-specific details on the
           format of what.

           Verify the changer is correctly configured. Can be useful for chg-robot and chg-ndmp.

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


       amanda(8), amanda-changers(7), amanda-taperscan(7), amanda-devices(7)

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