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DLT Tape Error on Informix Backup

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DLT Tape Error on Informix Backup

guys, got this error while doing an ontape Level 0 backup, with informix..

"Archive Failed - function write to tape failed code -1 errno 6"

this just occured now... it stop at 80%...

any advise pls..
Steven E. Protter
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Re: DLT Tape Error on Informix Backup

What tool were you using for the backup?

Was the database down when this was running?

Sometimes the database doesn't come down properly and the backup gets to a locked file.

If the database is hot, its difficult to back up the database with fbackup.

Could this merely be bad media, tape drive needs cleaning, something like that?

Steven E Protter
Owner of ISN Corporation
Super Advisor

Re: DLT Tape Error on Informix Backup im using a ontape utility of informix.. i do this everyday. its just that this error occured last nyt. fbackup is used only for FS not for database..
Pete Randall
Outstanding Contributor

Re: DLT Tape Error on Informix Backup

"$ finderr 6
-6 No such device or address.

An operating-system error code with the meaning shown was unexpectedly
returned to the database server. You might have made an error when you
configured the database software or in the REPORT TO clause of a
report. Look for other operating-system error messages that might give
more information."

I think you may have issues with your tape drive. Try exercising it with a tar command or a dd command. Try cleaning it. If all else fails call HP about replacing it.