amdevcheck − Validate an Amanda device and volume.

amdevcheck [−−label] [−properties list] [−o configoption...]
config [device−name]

     Amdevcheck provides a way to check that a particular
Amanda device is accessible, whether or not it contains a
volume, and whether or not that volume is labeled. Some
devices can't distinguish between all of these cases; a
missing volume and an unlabeled volume might generate the
same error code, for example. In those cases, this tool
reports all possible causes of the error. Optionally this
tools lists the properties for the device.

     See the amanda(8) man page for more details about
Amanda. See amanda‐devices(7) for more information on

     Amanda configuration to use. Note that amdevcheck
     ignores any tape changer configuration.

     Amanda device to use. This option overrides any tapedev
     configuration specified in the configuration file.

     Get the device's label. If this option is given, the
     usual check output is omitted, and the label of the
     loaded volume is printed to stdout. Returns with error
     if the label is not found.

     −−properties [list]
     List device properties. If this option is given, the
     usual check output is omitted, and property values are
     printed to stdout, one per line, as a property name,
     followed by '=', followed by the property value.
     Returns with error if properties are not available.

     If list is given, it is treated as a comma−separated
     list of properties to display. If it is omitted, all
     supported properties are displayed.

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

     amdevcheck exit with code 0 if the device is working of
if it get an expected error, look at the MESSAGE line for


the error. It exit with code 1 if it get an unexpected

     Amdevcheck returns one or more of the following lines.
If multiple lines appear, then at least one, but not
necessarily all of the messages apply. This situation can
occur when working with hardware or operating systems which
cannot distinguish, for example, between a malfunctioning
drive and a functional but unloaded drive.

     A tape is ready.

     A device error has occurred.

     The device is busy.

     No tape is loaded in the drive.

     The tape in the drive is unlabeled.

     A volume error has occurred.

     MESSAGE text
     Where text provides a human−readable description of the

     amanda(8), amanda‐devices(7)

     The Amanda Wiki: :

     Ian Turner <>
     Zmanda, Inc. (