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BTAPE(8) Network backup, recovery and verification BTAPE(8)


btape - Bacula's Tape interface test program


btape [options] device-name


This manual page documents briefly the btape command.


A summary of options is included below.

Show summary of options and commands.
Specify a bootstrap file.
Specify configuration file.
Set debug level to nn.
Proceed inspite of I/O errors.
No signals (for debugging).
Set verbose mode.


test autochanger
backspace file
backspace record
list device capabilities
clear tape errors
go to end of Bacula data for append
go to the physical end of medium
fill tape, write onto second volume
read filled tape
forward space a file
forward space a record
print this reference
write a Bacula label to the tape
load a tape
quit btape
use write() to fill tape
read and print the Bacula tape label
test record handling functions
rewind the tape
read() tape block by block to EOT and report
Bacula read block by block to EOT and report
print tape status
General test Bacula tape functions
write an EOF on the tape
write a single Bacula block
read a single record
read a single bacula block
quick fill command


bscan(1), bextract(1).


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


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

26 November 2009 Kern Sibbald