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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.


  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.


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:
Does a full backup.
Specifies that a tape device is supplied in the command line.
Specifies to name this backup.
The tape drive rewinds the tape.
The name of the backup.
The dump path.

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

thisbackup 0 Tue Jul 24 20:40:09 2001