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Amanda 2.5.0

From the 2.5.0 release announcement ]:

Changes in release 2.5.0

  • Communication security/authentication: Kerberos 4/5, OpenSSH
  • Data security: Symmetric/Assymetric encrytion algorithms (aesutil and gpg encryption), Encryption can be done on server or client, Custom encryption utilities can be used.
  • Compression: Ability to add custom compression tools. This is a really useful feature especially since it can specified for a DLE. You can use different compression algorithm for images, binaries, ascii files and so on.
  • Dump images spanning multiple media volumes - Dump images are no longer restricted to a single media volume (tape or vtape). ← !!!!!!  Data restoration can be done using amrecover and amfetchdump commands.
  • Auto tape labelling - This optional feature is good for disk backups.

Dear Amanda Team,

About time!

Much love,

P.S.  /me happily axes out custom scripts that split a 300GB filesystem into hundreds of tarfiles


I have a tape drive I can put to use.
A small little one fitting a 3 1/2 floppy drive, though the tapes themselves are 20GB each.
I don't know that I've ever used them though. Maybe *once* back on RH9 to backup my ~/ dir before switching distros.
Or something like that.

I should start putting them to use...
Please tell me you're not just now finding out about 2.5.0... We've been running it at work for the past 2-3 weeks now.
Oh, I knew 2.5.0 was out; I just didn't know it did multi-tape spanning.  ♥