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Advanced Maryland Automatic Network Disk Archiver (Client)

Amanda is a backup system designed to archive many computers on a network to a single large-capacity tape drive. This package is suitable for large amounts of data to backup. For smaller solutions take a look at afbackup, tob, taper, ...

Features: * will back up multiple machines in parallel to a holding disk, blasting finished dumps one by one to tape as fast as we can write files to tape. For example, a ~2 Gb 8mm tape on a ~240K/s interface to a host with a large holding disk can be filled by Amanda in under 4 hours. * built on top of standard backup software: Unix dump/restore, and later GNU Tar and others. * does simple tape management: will not overwrite the wrong tape. * supports tape changers via a generic interface. Easily customizable to any type of tape carousel, robot, or stacker that can be controlled via the unix command line. * for a restore, tells you what tapes you need, and finds the proper backup image on the tape for you. * recovers gracefully from errors, including down or hung machines. * reports results, including all errors in detail, in email to operators. * will dynamically adjust backup schedule to keep within constraints: no more juggling by hand when adding disks and computers to network. * includes a pre-run checker program, that conducts sanity checks on both the tape server host and all the client hosts (in parallel), and will send an e-mail report of any problems that could cause the backups to fail. * can compress dumps before sending or after sending over the net, with either compress or gzip. * can optionally synchronize with external backups, for those large timesharing computers where you want to do full dumps when the system is down in single-user mode (since BSD dump is not reliable on active filesystems): Amanda will still do your daily dumps. * lots of other options; Amanda is very configurable.


For a quick start read the README.client.debian in /usr/doc/amanda-client.

Explanation of suggested programs: - awk and gnuplot are needed for plotting statistics of backups

Package version:1:2.4.0-3


Notes on making amanda-client work on a Debian system

To get indexing (or specifically amrecover) to work right two things need
to be done:

1. Edit server's /etc/hosts.allow and allow all client machines into
   the daemons amindexd & amidxtaped.

2. Edit the client(s) ~backup/.amandahosts and add an entry like:
   "<server_hostname>   root"

As always: for more complex setups consult the man


AMRECOVER(8)                AMANDA INDEX                AMRECOVER(8)

       amrecover - Amanda index database browser

       amrecover  [  [  -C ] config ] [ -s index-server ] [ -t tape-
       server ] [ -d tape-device ]

       Amrecover browses the  database  of  Amanda  index  files  to
       determine which tapes contain files to recover.  Furthermore,


amanda (1:2.4.0-3) frozen unstable; urgency=low

  * be consistent about pointing to /var/lib/amanda/amandates, closes 21811.
  * be consistent about supporting suidregister.
  * make sure user backup's home directory exists before using it in the 
    amanda-common postinst, closes 21897.

 -- Bdale Garbee <>  Sun,  3 May 1998 20:48:38 -0600

amanda (1:2.4.0-2) frozen unstable; urgen


This package was built by Bdale Garbee <> using sources downloaded

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