backup rea [-p <TC port offset>] [-l] [-c <cell name>]
The backup readlabel command displays information from the magnetic
tape label of a tape. The information includes the tape's name (either a
permanent name, or an AFS tape name that reflects the tape's
contents in a prescribed format) and its capacity.
If the "FILE YES" instruction appears in the
/var/lib/openafs/backup/CFG_device_name file associated with the specified
port offset, then the backup readlabel command reads the label
information from the first 16 KB block in the backup data file listed for
that port offset in the Tape Coordinator's /var/lib/openafs/backup/tapeconfig
file, rather than from the beginning of a tape.
The Tape Coordinator's default response to this command is to access the
tape by invoking the "MOUNT" instruction in the local
/var/lib/openafs/backup/CFG_device_name file, or by prompting the backup
operator to insert the tape if there is no "MOUNT" instruction. However,
if the "AUTOQUERY NO" instruction appears in the CFG_device_name
file, or if the issuer of the butc command included the -noautoquery
flag, the Tape Coordinator instead expects the tape to be in the device
already. If it is not, the Tape Coordinator invokes the "MOUNT"
instruction or prompts the operator.
-portoffset <TC port offset>
Specifies the port offset number of the Tape Coordinator handling the
tapes for this operation.
Constructs a server ticket using a key from the local
/etc/openafs/server/KeyFile file. The backup command interpreter presents
it to the Backup Server, Volume Server and VL Server during mutual
authentication. Do not combine this flag with the -cell argument. For
more details, see backup(8).
-cell <cell name>
Names the cell in which to run the command. Do not combine this argument
with the -localauth flag. For more details, see backup(8).
Prints the online help for this command. All other valid options are
Output from this command appears in both the shell window where the
command is issued, and in the Tape Coordinator window.
If the tape is unlabeled or if the specified tape device is empty, the
Failed to read tape label.
Otherwise, the output in the shell window has the following format:
where <tape name> is the permanent name if the tape has one, or the AFS
tape name otherwise. The <dump ID> is dump ID of the initial dump on the
tape, and <size> is the recorded capacity of the tape in kilobytes.
The output in the Tape Coordinator windows is bounded by an underlined
"Tape label" header at the top, and the following string at the bottom:
-- End of tape label --
In between are lines reporting the following information:
The permanent name assigned by using the -pname argument of the backup
labeltape command. This name remains on the tape until that argument is
used again, no matter how many times the tape is recycled or otherwise
relabeled. If the tape does not have a permanent name, the value "<NULL>" appears in this field.
AFS tape name
A tape name in one of the following prescribed formats. The Backup System
automatically writes the appropriate AFS tape name to the label as part of
a backup dump or backup savedb operation, or the operator can assign
it with the -name argument to the backup labeltape command.
volume_set_name.dump_level_name.tape_index, if the tape
contains volume data. The volume_set_name is the name of the volume set
that was dumped to create the initial dump in the dump set of to which
this tape belongs; dump_level_name is the last pathname element of the
dump level at which the initial dump was backed up; and tape_index is
the numerical position of the tape in the dump set.
"Ubik.db.dump."tape_index if the tape contains a dump of the Backup
Database, created with the backup savedb command. The tape_index is
the ordinal of the tape in the dump set.
"<NULL>" if the tape has no AFS tape name. This is normally the case
if the -name argument was not included the last time the backup
labeltape command was used on this tape, and no data has been written to
The date and time at which the Backup System started performing the dump
operation that created the initial dump.
The cell in which the dump set was created. This is the cell whose Backup
Database contains a record of the dump set.
The tape's capacity (in kilobytes) as recorded on the label, rather than
the amount of data on the tape. The value is assigned by the -size
argument to the backup labeltape command or derived from the
/var/lib/openafs/backup/tapeconfig file on the Tape Coordinator machine, not
from a measurement of the tape.
The dump level of the initial dump in the dump set.
The dump ID number of the initial dump in the dump set, as recorded in the
The number of times a dump has been written to the tape, or it has been
The message "ReadLabel: Finished" indicates the completion of the output.
The following example shows the output for the tape with permanent name
"oct.guest.dump" and capacity 2 MB, expressed in kilobyte units (2097152
equals 2 times 10242).
tape name = <NULL>
AFS tape name = guests.monthly.2
creationTime = Sun Nov 1 00:58:20 1998
cell = abc.com
size = 2097152 Kbytes
dump path = /monthly
dump id = 909899900
useCount = 1
---- End of tape label ----
The issuer must be listed in the /etc/openafs/server/UserList file on every
machine where the Backup Server is running, or must be logged onto a
server machine as the local superuser "root" if the -localauth flag is
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