Backs up files and file systems.
backup -i [ -b Number ] [ -p [ -e RegularExpression ] ] [ -f Device ] [ -l Number ] [ -o ] [ -q ] [ -v ]
backup [ [ -Level ] [ -b Number ] [ -c ] [ -f Device ] [ -L Length ] [ -u ] ] [ FileSystem ] | [ -w | -W ]
The backup command creates copies of your files on a backup medium, such as a magnetic tape or diskette. The copies are in one of the two backup formats:
If you issue the backup command without any parameters, it defaults to a level 9 i-node backup of the root file system to the /dev/rfd0 device. The default syntax is:
The default backup device is /dev/rfd0. If flags are specified that are not appropriate for the specified backup device, the backup command displays an error message and continues with the backup.
A single backup can span multiple volumes.
- Running the backup command results in the loss of all material previously stored on the selected output medium.
- Data integrity of the archive may be compromised if a file is modified during system backup. Keep system activity at a minimum during the system backup procedure.
- If a backup is made to a tape device with the device block size set to 0, it might be difficult to restore data from the tape unless the default write size was used with the backup command. The default write size for the backup command can be read by the restore command when the tape device block size is 0.
In other words, the -b flag should not be specified when the tape device block size is 0. If the -b flag of the backup command is specified and is different from the default size, the same size must be specified with the -b flag of the restore command when the archived files are restored from the tape.
You can use a Web-based System Manager (wsm) application to run this command. You could also use the System Management Interface Tool (SMIT) smit backup fast path to run this command.
To back up by name, use the -i flag. The backup command reads standard input for the names of the files to be backed up.
File types can be special files, regular files, or directories. When the file type is a directory, only the directory is backed up. The files under the directory are not backed up, unless they are explicitly specified.
- Files are restored using the same path names as the archived files. Therefore, to create a backup that can be restored from any path, use full path names for the files that you want to back up.
- When backing up files that require multiple volumes, do not enter the list of file names from the keyboard. Instead, pipe or redirect the list from a file to the backup command.
When you enter the file names from the keyboard and the backup process needs a new tape or diskette, the command "loses" any file names already entered but not yet backed up. To avoid this problem, enter each file name only after the archived message for the previous file has been displayed. The archived message consists of the character a followed by the file name.
- If you specify the -p flag, only files of less than 2GB are packed.
To back up a file system by i-node, specify the -Level and FileSystem parameters. When used in conjunction with the -u flag, the -Level parameter provides a method of maintaining a hierarchy of incremental backups for each file system. Specify the -u flag and set the -Level parameter to n to back up only those files that have been modified since the n-1 level backup. Information regarding the date, time, and level of each incremental backup is written to the /etc/dumpdates file. The possible backup levels are 0 to 9. A level 0 backup archives all files in the file system. If the /etc/dumpdates file contains no backup information for a particular file system, specifying any level causes all files in that file system to be archived.
The FileSystem parameter can specify either the physical device name (block or raw name) or the name of the directory on which the file system is mounted. The default file system is the root (/) file system.
Users must have read access to the file system device (such as /dev/hd4) or have Backup authorization in order to perform backups by i_node.
- You must first unmount a file system before backing it up by i-node. If you attempt to back up a mounted file system, a warning message is displayed. The backup command continues, but the created backup may contain inconsistencies because of changes that may have occurred in the file system during the backup operation.
- Backing up file systems by i-node truncates the uid or gid of files having a uid or gid greater than 65535. When restored, these files may have different values for the uid and gid attributes. To retain the values correctly, always back up by name files having a uid or gid greater than 65535.
- You can archive only JFS (Journaled File System) file systems when backing up by i-node. Back up any non-JFS file systems by file name or by using other archive commands, such as the pax, tar, or cpio command.
|-b Number||For backups by name, specifies the number of 512-byte blocks; for
backups by i-node, specifies the number of 1024-byte blocks to write in a
single output operation. When the backup command writes to
tape devices, the default is 100 for backups by name and 32 for backups by
The write size is the number of blocks multiplied by the block size. The default write size for the backup command writing to tape devices is 51200 (100 * 512) for backups by name and 32768 (32 * 1024) for backups by i-node. The write size must be an even multiple of the tape's physical block size.
|-c||Specifies that the tape is a cartridge, not a nine-track.|
|-e RegularExpression||Specifies that the files with names matching the regular expression are not to be packed. A regular expression is a set of characters, meta characters, and operators that define a string or group of strings in a search pattern. It can also be a string containing wildcard characters and operations that define a set of one or more possible strings. The -e flag is applied only when the -p flag is specified.|
|-f Device||Specifies the output device. To send output to a named device,
specify the Device variable as a path name (such as
/dev/rmt0). To send output to the standard output device,
specify a - (minus sign). The - (minus) feature enables you to pipe the
output of the backup command to the dd command.
All devices in the specified range must be of the same type. For example, you can use a set of 8mm, 2.3GB tapes or a set of 1.44MB diskettes. All tape devices must be set to the same physical tape block size.
If the Device variable specifies a range, the backup command automatically goes from one device in the range to the next. After exhausting all of the specified devices, the backup command halts and requests that new volumes be mounted on the range of devices.
|-i||Specifies that files be read from standard input and archived by file name. If relative path names are used, files are restored (with the restore command) relative to the current directory at restore time. If full path names are used, files are restored to those same names.|
|-L Length||Specifies the length of the tape in bytes. This flag overrides the
-c, -d, and -s flags. You can specify
the size with a suffix of b, k, m, or g to represent Blocks (512 bytes), Kilo
(1024 bytes), Mega (1024 Kilobytes), or Giga (1024 Megabytes),
respectively. To represent a tape length of 2 Gigabytes, enter -L
2g. This flag only applies to AIX 4.2 and above.
Note: Use the -L flag for i-node backups only.
|-l Number||(lowercase L) Limits the total number of blocks to use on the diskette device. The value specified must be a non-zero multiple of the number of sectors per diskette track. This option applies to by-name backups only. See the format command for information on sectors per diskette track.|
|-o||Creates a Version 2-compatible backup by name. This flag is
required for compatibility with Version 2 systems because backups by name that
are created by a version higher than 2 cannot be restored on Version 2
systems. To create a Version 2-compatible backup by name, use the
-o flag along with other flags required for backups by name.
Files with attributes and values, such as user IDs and group IDs, that are too large for Version 2 systems will not be backed up. A message is displayed for each such file and each value that is too large.
|-p||Specifies that the files be packed, or compressed, before they are
archived. Only files of less than 2GB are packed.
Note: This option should only be used when backing up files from an inactive filesystem. Modifying a file when a backup is in progress may result in corruption of the backup and an inability to recover the data. When backing up to a tape device which performs compression, this option can be omitted.
|-q||Indicates that the removable medium is ready to use. When you specify the -q flag, the backup command proceeds without prompting you to prepare the backup medium and press the Enter key to continue. This option applies only to the first volume; you are prompted for subsequent volumes. The -q flag applies only to backups by name.|
|-u||Updates the /etc/dumpdates file with the raw device name of the file system and the time, date, and level of the backup. You must specify the -u flag if you are making incremental backups. The -u flag applies only to backups by i-node.|
|-v||Causes the backup command to display additional information about the backup. When using the -v flag, the size of the file as it exists on the archive is displayed in bytes. Additionally, a total of these file sizes is displayed when all files have been processed. Directories are listed with a size of 0. Symbolic links are listed with the size of the symbolic link. Hard links are listed with the size of the file, which is how hard links are archived. Block and character devices, if they were backed up, are listed with a size of 0.|
|-w||Currently disabled. If the -w flag is specified, no other flags are applied.|
|-W||Displays, for each file system in the /etc/dumpdates file, the most recent backup date and level. If the -W option is specified, no other flags are applied.|
|-Level||Specifies the backup level (0 to 9). The default level is 9.|
This command returns the following
|>0||An error occurred.|
|/etc/filesystems||Contains file system mount information.|
|/etc/dumpdates||Specifies log for incremental by i-node backups.|
|/dev/rfd0||Specifies default backup device.|
|/dev/rhd4||Specifies device where the default file system (root) is located.|
|/usr/sbin/backup||Contains the backup command.|
The dd command, find command, rdump command, restore command.
The dumpdates file, filesystems file, rmt special file.
The Backup Overview for System Management in AIX 5L Version 5.1 System Management Concepts: Operating System and Devices provides information on different methods of backing up, restoring process, different types of backup media, and guidelines for backup policies.
The Directory Overview in AIX 5L Version 5.1 System User's Guide: Operating System and Devices explains working with directories and path names.
The File Systems Overview for System Management in AIX 5L Version 5.1 System Management Concepts: Operating System and Devices explains file system types, management, structure, and maintenance.
The Mounting Overview in AIX 5L Version 5.1 System Management Concepts: Operating System and Devices explains mounting files and directories, mount points, and automatic mounts.
The System Management Interface Tool (SMIT): Overview in AIX 5L Version 5.1 System Management Concepts: Operating System and Devices explains the structure, main menus, and tasks that are done with SMIT.