Wednesday, 26 January 2011

Tape Devices for Amanda

I've found a few times now that my tape server can be a bit of a pain about tape devices. Generally, I have Amanda configured to use /dev/nst0 but the tape drive isn't always this device if I attach other devices (at least other drives). So rather than configuring the "nst0" and then changing it to "nst1" after a few days of realizing the backups aren't working for some reason, I've started using the "tape/by-id" device instead. So my amanda.conf now shows:

changerdev 	"/dev/tape/by-id/scsi-1IBM_3573-TL_00X2U78M1255_LL0"	# tape device controlled by mtx
tapedev "/dev/tape/by-id/scsi-35000e11138aa0001-nst" # the non-rewind


Is clear?

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