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AMFETCHDUMP(8)		System Administration Commands		AMFETCHDUMP(8)

       amfetchdump - extract backup images from multiple Amanda tapes.

       amfetchdump [-c | -C | -l] [-p | -n] [-a] [-O directory] [-d device]
		   [-h | --header-file filename | --header-fd fd]
		   [--decompress | --no-decompress | --server-decompress |
		   [--extract --directory directory [--data-path amanda|directtcp] [--application-property NAME=VALUE]*]
		   [--decrypt | --no-decrypt | --server-decrypt |
		   --client-decrypt] [--exact_match] [-o configoption...]
		   config hostname
		   [disk [ date [ level [ hostname [...] ] ] ]]

       Amfetchdump pulls one or more matching dumps from tape or from the
       holding disk, handling the reassembly of multi-tape split dump files as
       well as any tape autochanger operations. The dump are by default
       decompressed and decrypted.

       It will automatically use the Amanda catalog to locate available dumps
       on tape, in the same way that the find feature of amadmin(8) lists
       available dumps.

       The hostname, diskname, datestamp, and level dump specifications are
       further described in amanda-match(7). Note that at minimum a hostname
       must be specified.

       Unless -p is used, backup images are extracted to files in the current
       directory named:

       If a changer error occurs, or the -d option is given, then amfetchdump
       prompts for each required volume.


	   Pipe exactly one complete dump file to stdout, instead of writing
	   the file to disk. This will restore only the first matching
	   dumpfile (where "first" is determined by the dump log search

	   Output the amanda header as a 32K block to same output as the

       --header-fd fd
	   Output the amanda header to the numbered file descriptor.

       --header-file filename
	   Output the amanda header to the filename.

       -d device_or_changer
	   Restore from this device or changer instead of the default,
	   prompting for each volume.

       -O directory
	   Output restored files to this directory, instead of to the current
	   working directory.

	   Compress output, fastest method available.

	   Compress output, smallest file size method available.

	   Always do the decompression, this is the default.

	   Never do the decompression.

	   Do the decompression only if the compression was done on the

	   Do the decompression only if the compression was done on the

	   Always do the decryption, this is the default.

	   Never do the decryption.

	   Do the decryption only if the encryption was done on the server.

	   Do the decryption only if the encryption was done on the client.

	   The host and disk are parsed as exact values

	   Extract the backup on the server in the directory directory.

       --directory directory
	   Where to extract the backup with the --extract option.

	   Warning: All files in that directory can be removed.

       --data-path amanda|directtcp
	   The data path to use with --extract, the default is to use the
	   fatest data path.

       --application-property NAME=VALUE
	   Application property to send to the application with --extract.

	   Leave dumps in the compressed/uncompressed and
	   encrypted/unencrypted state in which they were found on tape. It is
	   a synonym for --no-decompression --no-decryption

	   Assume that all tapes are already available, via tape changer or
	   otherwise, instead of prompting the operator to ensure that all
	   tapes are loaded.

	   Do not reassemble split dump files at all, just restore each piece
	   as an individual file.

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

       All the examples here assume your configuration is called SetA.

       Here's a simple case, restoring all known dumps of the host vanya to
       the current working directory.
       $ amfetchdump SetA vanya

       A more likely scenario involves restoring a particular dump from a
       particular date. We'll pipe this one to GNU-tar as well, to
       automatically extract the dump.
       $ amfetchdump -p SetA vanya /home 20051020 | gtar -xvpf -

       Amfetchdump is dependent on accessing your server's config, tape
       changer, and (normally) dump logs. As such, it's not necessarily the
       most useful tool when those have all been wiped out and you desperately
       need to pull things from your tape. Pains have been taken to make it as
       capable as possible, but for seriously minimialist restores, look to
       amrestore(8) or dd(8) instead.

       amanda(8), amanda-match(7), amadmin(8), amrestore(8)

       The Amanda Wiki: :

       John Stange <>
	   National Academies Press

       Ian Turner <>
	   Zmanda, Inc. (

Amanda 3.3.3			  01/10/2013			AMFETCHDUMP(8)

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