AMFLUSH(8)               System Administration Commands               AMFLUSH(8)

       amflush - flush Amanda backup files from holding disk to tape

       amflush [-b] [-f] [--exact-match] [-s] [-D datestamp]
               [-o configoption...] config [host [disk...]...]

       Amflush writes Amanda backups from the holding disks to tape, and updates
       the Amanda info database and tapelist(5) accordingly. It is similar to
       amdump, but does not perform any backup operations on Amanda clients.
       Backups may stay in a holding disk when something is wrong with the tape
       at the time amdump is run. When this happens, the problem must be
       corrected and amflush run by hand.

       The command optionally takes a set of DLE specifications (see amanda-
       match(7)) to narrow the DLEs for which dumps will be flushed. All dumps
       in holding are flushed if no expressions are given.

           Run amflush in batch mode. All datestamps are selected unless
           specified. The flush is started without confirmation.

           Run amflush in foreground.  Amflush normally detaches itself from the
           tty and runs as a background process. With the -f option, amflush
           stays in the foreground. This is useful if amflush is run as part of
           another script that, for example, advances the tape after the flush
           is completed.

           Write log to stdout/stderr instead of the amflush log file. Requires
           the -f option.

       -D datestamp
           specify a datestamp expression you want to flush; see amanda-match(7)
           for details on the format of this expression.  -D 20001225-7 will
           flush all dumps from 25 december 2000 to 27 december 2000.

           The host and disk are parsed as exact values

       host [disk]*
           Specify the host and disk on which the command will work -- see the
           description of DLE specifications in amanda-match(7).

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

       You can specify many host/disk expressions, only disks that match an
       expression will be flushed. All disks are flushed if no expressions are
       given. see the "HOST & DISK EXPRESSION" section of amanda(8) for a

       Amflush will look in the holding disks specified by the amanda.conf file
       in /usr/local/etc/amanda/config for any non-empty Amanda work
       directories. It then prompts you to select a directory or to process all
       of the directories. The work directories in the holding disks are named
       by the date at the time amdump was run, e.g.  19910215.

       See the amanda(8) man page for more details about Amanda.

       Amflush will search for holding areas associated with the daily
       configuration. After you select which holding area to flush, amflush
       writes the data to tape, updates the databases and sends a mail report
       similar to amdump(8).
       % amflush MyConfig
       Scanning /amanda-hold...
         20001113: found Amanda directory.
         20001114: found Amanda directory.

       Multiple Amanda directories, please pick one by letter:
         A. 20001113
         B. 20001114
       Select directories to flush [A..B]: [ALL] all

       Flushing dumps in 20001113, 20001114,
       today: 20001117
       to tape drive /dev/rmt/0mn.
       Expecting tape DMP014 or a new tape.  (The last dumps were to tape DMP013)
       Are you sure you want to do this? yes
       Running in background, you can log off now.
       You'll get mail when amflush is finished.

       The following example causes amflush to flush everything to tape, then
       ejects tape, using 'at' to run the task in the background.
       % echo 'amflush -b -f MyConfig && mt offline' | at now

       The exit code of amflush is the ORed value of:
        0  = success
        1  = error
        4  = a dle failed
        8  = Don't know the status of a dle (RESULT_MISSING in the report)
        16 = tape error or no more tape

       amanda(8), amdump(8), amanda-match(7)

       The Amanda Wiki: :

       James da Silva <>

       Stefan G. Weichinger <>

Amanda 3.5.1                       12/01/2017                         AMFLUSH(8)