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Specifying a name for a backup

You can name a backup using the n. You can record this backup name in the /etc/dumpdates using the u option.

About this task

You specify a name for a backup in two situations:

  • You are specifying a list of directories or files in the backup with the l option.
  • You want to monitor the backup history.

Steps

  1. To specify a name for the backup, include the n option in the dump command line.
  2. Include a name for the backup as a parameter to the n option.

Example

The following command gives the name thisbackup to a backup:

dump 0fn rst0a thisbackup /vol/vol0
The following list describes the elements of the command line:
0
Does a full backup.
f
Specifies that a tape device is supplied in the command line.
n
Specifies to name this backup.
rst0a
The tape drive rewinds the tape.
thisbackup
The name of the backup.
/vol/vol0
The dump path.

An output similar to the following appears in the/etc/dumpdates file:

thisbackup 0 Tue Jul 24 20:40:09 2001