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       amflush - flush Amanda backup files from holding disk to tape


       amflush [-b] [-f] [-s] [-D datestamp] config [host [disk...]...]
               [{-o configoption}...]


       Amflush writes Amanda backups from the holding disks to tape, and
       updates the Amanda info database and tapelist(5) accordingly. 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.


           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 the
           "DATESTAMP EXPRESSION" section of amanda(8) for a description.  -D
           20001225-7 will flush all dumps from 25 december 2000 to 27
           december 2000.

       host [disk]*
           Specify the host and disk on which the command will work.

       -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)

       The Amanda Wiki: :


       James da Silva <>

       Stefan G. Weichinger <>