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AMCLEANUP(8) System Administration Commands AMCLEANUP(8)


amcleanup - run the Amanda cleanup process after a failure


amcleanup [-k] [-p] [-r] [-v] [--note string] config


Amcleanup generates the Amanda Mail Report and updates the Amanda databases after a system failure on a tape server host. This cleanup process is normally done automatically as part of the amdump program, but if amdump cannot complete for some reason (usually because of a tape server host crash), amcleanup must be run some time later (usually during system boot).

The amcleanupdisk program is run with the same [-r] and [-v] options.

See the amanda(8) man page for more details about Amanda.



Kill all process listed in the log file are their child. if there is no log file, then kill all amdump, amflush and amvault process and their child.


Do the cleanup only if all process listed in the log file are already terminated.


Remove bad file in holding disk. This options is passed to amcleanupdisk.


Generate verbose output. This options is passed to amcleanupdisk.

--note string

Add the string to the log files, it will show up in the NOTES section of the report.


This example runs the Amanda cleanup process by hand after a failure.

% amcleanup daily

Putting the following line in a system boot script (e.g. /etc/rc.local) runs the Amanda cleanup process as part of the reboot, eliminating the need to run it by hand.

/usr/local/sbin/amcleanup daily

If nothing needs to be done, amcleanup exits normally with the message:

amcleanup: no unprocessed logfile to clean up.


amanda(8), amdump(8)

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James da Silva <>

Stefan G. Weichinger <>

12/01/2017 Amanda 3.5.1