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BACULA-DIR(8) Network backup, recovery&verification BACULA-DIR(8)


bacula-dir - Bacula Director


bacula-dir [options]


This manual page documents briefly the bacula-dir command.
Bacula's Director Daemon acts as the controller of the network backup system: it is responsible for scheduling and coordinating backups across the network.


Specify the configuration file to use.
Set debug level to nn.
Print timestamp in debug output.
Send debug messages to the trace file.
Run in foreground (for debugging).
Set the group/gid to run as.
Print kaboom output (for debugging).
Do not create a PID file.
Run <job>.
No signals (for debugging).
Test the configuration file and report errors.
Set the username/uid to run as.
Set verbose mode.
Show version and usage of program.


Tcpwrappers looks for the service name of the bacula daemons in hosts.allow , and the service names of these daemons is configured to be different from the binary. The service names are configured to be %hostname%-%component% rather than bacula-dir (As defined in the file)

So the hosts.allow entry has to match %hostname%-%component% (servername-dir for example) instead of bacula-%component%

WARNING: This means that if the hosts.allow file has the entry:

bacula-dir: ALL

you will not be able to run bconsole to connect to the local director!

The entry would have to read:

server-dir: ALL

and this will allow the console to connect to the director. (The process running is bacula-dir.)


bacula-fd(8), bacula-sd(8).


This manual page was written by Jose Luis Tallon <>.


This man page document is released under the BSD 2-Clause license.

28 October 2017 Kern Sibbald