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Version: 10/04/2010 (fedora - 01/12/10)

Section: 8 (Commandes administrateur)

amlabel - label an Amanda tape


amlabel config label [slot slot] [-f] [--version] [{-o configoption}...]


This command applies a label to an Amanda volume, erasing the volume in the process.

Amanda uses labels to identify volumes: amdump(8) and amflush(8) verify the label before writing to make sure the proper volume is loaded, and the recovery programs use the label to ensure they are reading the data they expect.

If no [slot] is given, then amlabel labels the tape in the current slot of the default changer. If a slot is given, it labels the volume in that slot. Label may be any string that does not contain whitespace and that matches the labelstr (see amanda.conf(5)).

This command also appends the new volume to the tapelist(5) file, so that they will be used in the order they are labeled (depending on the taperscan in use --- see amanda-taperscan(7)).

As a precaution, amlabel will not write a label if the volume already contains an active label or if the label specified is on an active tape. The [-f] (force) flag bypasses these verifications.



Force the label operation; see above


Output version information

-o configoption

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


Write an Amanda label with the string "DMP000" on the current volume:

 % amlabel daily DMP000 

Label the tape in slot 3 of the changer with the label "DMP003":

 % amlabel daily DMP003 slot 3 


Label 'label' doesn't match labelstr 'labelstr'

The given label does not match the configured labelstr. Even with -f, this is an error.

Label 'label' already on a volume

The given label is already on another volume in the tapelist, and Amanda will not write it to this volume unless forced.

Found label 'label', but it is not from configuration config.

The label amlabel found on the volume does not match this configuration's labelstr, so it is probably part of a different Amanda configuration. Amanda will not overwrite the label unless it is forced.

Volume with label 'label' contains data from this configuration.

The label amlabel found on the volume still has valid data on it and Amanda will not overwrite it unless forced. Note that this does not distinguish between active and inactive volumes.


amanda(8), amanda.conf(5), tapelist(5), amanda-taperscan(7), amdump(8), amflush(8)

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