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AMTAPE(8)		System Administration Commands		     AMTAPE(8)

       amtape - Control Amanda changers

       amtape [-o configoption...] config subcommand [subcommand_options...]

       Amtape is the command-line interface to Amanda's tape changers (amanda-
       changers(7)) and to the taperscan algorithm (amanda-taperscan(7)).

       Tape changers maintain a notion of the current slot for each
       configuration. This may or may not correspond to an actual physical
       state of the device, but is used by some taperscan algorithms to
       minimize searching through the slots.

       Amtape uses the default changer. To use a different changer, use the
       config override option, e.g., -otpchanger=otherchanger.

       label label
	   Search for and load the Amanda tape with label [label], also
	   setting the current slot.

       slot slot
	   Load the volume in the given slot, also setting the current slot.
	   The slot names current, next, first, and last have special meaning.

	   Shorthand for slot current.

	   Show the contents of all slots, based on the changer's cached
	   metadata. This is a quick operation as it does not load or unload
	   any volumes, but is not supported by all changers.

       show [slots]
	   Show the contents of all slots (or listed slots) by loading each
	   slot and reading its label. This can be very slow. The slots
	   arguments is of the form 1,3-5,7.

	   Reset the changer to a known state. This subcommand is intended to
	   clear any unknown and potentially incorrect state the changer may
	   have stored.

       eject [drive]
	   Eject the tape currently in the drive. This only applies to some
	   changers. Specify a drive (by drive number) if more than one drive
	   is available.

       clean [drive]
	   If a cleaning tape is defined for the changer, used it to clean the
	   specified drive. The [drive] is optional if the changer only has
	   one drive.

	   Run the taperscan algorithm (see amanda-taperscan(7)), displaying
	   information about the progress of the scan.

       update [what]
	   Update changer state. Consult amanda-changers(7) for
	   changer-specific details on the format of what.

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

       amanda(8), amanda-changers(7), amanda-taperscan(7), amanda-devices(7)

       The Amanda Wiki: :

       Dustin J. Mitchell <>
	   Zmanda, Inc. (

       James da Silva <>

       Stefan G. Weichinger <>

Amanda 3.3.3			  01/10/2013			     AMTAPE(8)

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