AMANDA(8)               System Administration Commands               AMANDA(8)

       amanda - The Open Source Backup Platform

       This manual page gives an overview of the Amanda commands and
       configuration files for quick reference.

       Here are all the Amanda commands. Each one has its own manual page. See
       them for all the gory details.

       •   amaddclient(8),

       •   amadmin(8),

       •   amaespipe(8),

       •   amarchiver(8),

       •   amcheck(8),

       •   amcheckdb(8),

       •   amcheckdump(8),

       •   amcleanup(8),

       •   amcrypt-ossl-asym(8),

       •   amcrypt-ossl(8),

       •   amcrypt(8),

       •   amcryptsimple(8),

       •   amdevcheck(8),

       •   amdump(8),

       •   amfetchdump(8),

       •   amflush(8),

       •   amgetconf(8),

       •   amgpgcrypt(8),

       •   amgtar(8),

       •   amlabel(8),

       •   amoverview(8),

       •   ampgsql(8),

       •   amplot(8),

       •   amraw(8),

       •   amrecover(8),

       •   amreindex(8),

       •   amreport(8),

       •   amrestore(8),

       •   amrmtape(8),

       •   amsamba(8),

       •   amserverconfig(8),

       •   amservice(8),

       •   amstar(8),

       •   amstatus(8),

       •   amsuntar(8),

       •   amtape(8),

       •   amtapetype(8),

       •   amtoc(8),

       •   amvault(8),

       •   amzfs-sendrecv(8),

       •   amzfs-snapshot(8),

       •   script-email(8),

   CONFIGURATION FILESamanda.conf(5),

       •   amanda-client.conf(5),

       •   amanda-security.conf(5),

       •   disklist(5),

       •   tapelist(5),

   DATA FORMATSamanda-archive-format(5),

       •   amanda-command-file(5),


       •   amanda-auth(7),

       •   amanda-auth-ssl(7),

       •   amanda-changers(7),

       •   amanda-compatibility(7),

       •   amanda-devices(7),

       •   amanda-interactivity(7),

       •   amanda-match(7),

       •   amanda-scripts(7),

       •   amanda-taperscan(7),

       There are five user-editable files that control the behavior of Amanda.

       The first two are amanda.conf(5) and amanda-client.conf(5), the main
       configuration files for the server and client, respectively. They
       contain parameters to customize Amanda for the site.

       Next is the disklist(5) file, which lists hosts and disk partitions to
       back up.

       Last is the seldom-edited tapelist(5) file, which lists tapes that are
       currently active. These files are described in more detail in the
       following sections.

       All configuration files are stored in individual configuration
       directories, usually under /etc/amanda/. A site will often have more
       than one configuration. For example, it might have a normal
       configuration for everyday backups and an archive configuration for
       infrequent full archival backups. The configuration files would be
       stored under directories /etc/amanda/normal/ and /etc/amanda/archive/,
       respectively. Part of the job of an Amanda administrator is to create,
       populate and maintain these directories.

       Most Amanda applications take a "config" parameter; this is generally
       the (unqualified) name of the configuration directory, e.g., normal. If
       the parameter is .  (dot), the current directory is used. This feature
       is present for backward compatibility, but is not commonly used.

   Configuration Override
       Most commands allow the override of specific configuration options on
       the command line, using the -o option. This option has the form
       -oname=value. An optional space is allowed after the -o. Each
       configuration option should be specified in a separate command-line

       For global options, name is simply the name of the option, e.g.,

       amdump -oruntapes=2
       For options in a named section of the configuration, name has the form
       SECTION:section_name:name, where SECTION is one of TAPETYPE, DUMPTYPE,
       HOLDINGDISK, or INTERFACE, and section_name is the name of the
       tapetype, dumptype, holdingdisk, or interface. Examples:

       amdump -o TAPETYPE:HP-DAT:length=2000m
       amdump -o DUMPTYPE:no-compress:compress="server fast"
       amdump -o HOLDINGDISK:hd1:use="-100 mb"
       amdump -o INTERFACE:local:use="2000 kbps"

       When overriding device properties, one must carefully quote the command
       line to simulate the syntax of real configuration files. The following
       example should serve as a guide:

       amdump -o 'device-property="PROPERTY_MAX_VOLUME_USAGE" "100000"'

       Note that configuration overrides are not effective for tape changers,
       which supply a tapedev based on their own configuration. In order to
       override tapedev, you must also disable any changer:

       amdump -otapedev=/dev/nst1 -otpchanger=''

       James da Silva <>

       Stefan G. Weichinger <>

Amanda 3.5.1                      12/01/2017                         AMANDA(8)