can Amanda append to a tape that's not full?

Charles Curley charlescurley at
Sat Dec 17 17:24:54 UTC 2005

On Fri, Dec 16, 2005 at 03:08:13PM -0500, Matt Morgan wrote:

> This is for a very small business, with employees who aren't in the
> office a lot. The idea was to change the tape weekly, but write
> differentials to it 6 nights a week, and a full backup once a week (or
> something like that). The tapes are easily big enough to hold that
> much, and changing them more often would be very expensive.

Another reason to not do this is that if the tape fails later in the
week, you lose all of that tape's backups. This makes restoration

When designing backup systems, *think* *failure* *mode*.


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