the following was written: > How can I use onarchive with just any
(non-volume) tape? I would > like
Quote:> to use onarchive to do my backups but can not find a way to tell it
> overwrite whatever tape I've given it, not to let it prompt me for an
> appropriate volume.
You've been bitten by the ONarchive bug. I will answer your
question in two ways. First, Informix either already has, or will very
soon, drop support for Onarchive. They bought it from a third party,
and it has never lived up to what they (or us) wanted it to be. If you
want the simplicity of ontape, use ontape. Why are you using onarchive?
I can tell you that it does not let me sleep at night. We spent months
developing an ONarchive setup. It worked great, with one exception --
our three restore tests didn't work.
Use ontape, my friend. If you need all the volume management and
multi-threaded stuff, Informix now has 'onbar.' It's supposed to be as
easy as ontape, but it is designed to work with a commercial backup
> This is very simple with ontape, but not so simple with onarchive. I
> just want (for simple servers) a Monday-Friday tape that I can
> when necessary without re-defining it as a volume.
I am currently writing a book for O'Reilly Publishing about enterprise
backup and recovery, and would really appreciate hearing anything
you would like to ask me or tell me. If you have problems with
something, then others will as well. Can you think of anything
else that should go in such a book?