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amlabel [-f] config label [ slot slot ]
All Amanda tapes must be pre-labeled before they are used. Amanda ver-
ifies the label in amdump and amflush before writing to make sure the
proper tape is loaded.
Amlabel writes an Amanda label on the tape in the device specified by
the amanda.conf file in /etc/amanda/config. Label may be any string
that does not contain whitespace and that matches the amanda.conf
labelstr regular expression option. It is up to the system administra-
tor to define a naming convention.
Amlabel appends the new tape to the tapelist file so it will be used by
Amanda before it reuses any other tapes. When you amlabel multiple
tapes, they will be used in the order you amlabel them.
Amlabel will not write the label if the tape contains an active Amanda
tape or if the label specified is on an active tape. The -f (force)
flag bypasses these verifications.
An optional slot may be specified after the tape label. If a tape
changer is in use, amlabel will label the tape in the specified slot
instead of the currently loaded tape.
See the amanda(8) man page for more details about Amanda.
Write an Amanda label with the string "DMP000" on the tape loaded in
the device named in the tapedev option in /etc/amanda/Daily-
% amlabel DailySet1 DMP000
Label the tape in slot 3 of the currently configured tape changer with
the string "DMP003":
% amlabel DailySet1 DMP003 slot 3
label label doesn’t match labelstr "str"
Label label on the command line does not match the labelstr reg-
ular expression str from amanda.conf.
label label already on a tape
Label label is already listed as an active Amanda tape.
no tpchanger specified in "path", so slot command invalid
The command line has the slot parameter but the amanda.conf file
in path does not have a tape changer configured.
reading label label, tape is in another amanda configuration
This tape appears to be a valid Amanda tape, but label does not
match labelstr for this configuration so it is probably part of
a different Amanda configuration.
James da Silva <email@example.com>
University of Maryland, College Park
amanda(8) amdump(8) amflush(8)
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