Subject: Re: [Bacula-users] fixing a 'Cannot find any
appendable volumes' problem



>>>>> On Thu, 28 Apr 2011 08:52:54 -0700, David Newman said:
>
> On 4/28/11 4:37 AM, Martin Simmons wrote:
> >>>>>> On Wed, 27 Apr 2011 21:13:53 -0700, David Newman said:
> >>
> >> bacula 5.0.3, FreeBSD 8.2
> >>
> >> While running a full backup of a file server, bacula keeps issuing
> >> 'Cannot find any appendable volumes' messages and prompting me to create
> >> a new volume. I've done that, three times, and tried rerunning the job
> >> but now the NAS unit attached to the bacula box is nearly full (mostly
> >> with hundreds of volumes from aborted full backups of this server).
> >>
> >> I don't care if this job wraps around from the final volume and starts
> >> overwriting the first and subsequent volumes. How can I configure bacula
> >> to do that so that this job can run to completion?
> >
> > You could use the purge volume command with each volume that you don't want
> > to
> > keep. That will allow Bacula to recycle those volumes.
> >
> > OTOH, you don't give much information about why it failed three times, so
> > the
> > same problem might happen again (hint: post the full logs).
>
> Sorry for not providing more details. These are the configuration
> parameters similar to these in bacula-dir.conf:
>
> # Default pool definition
> Pool {
> Name = Default
> Pool Type = Backup
> Recycle = yes # Bacula can automatically recycle
> Volumes
> AutoPrune = yes # Prune expired volumes
>
> Maximum Volume Bytes = 10GB
> Maximum Volumes = 400
>
> Label Format = "File-"
>
> Volume Retention = 31 days
>
> }
>
> Bacula issues errors like this:
>
> 28-Apr 02:21 nye-sd JobId 5362: Job boonen.2011-04-26_14.42.29_03 is
> waiting. Cannot find any appendable volumes.
> Please use the "label" command to create a new Volume for:
> Storage: "FileStorage" (/home/bacula/storage)
> Pool: Default
> Media type: File
>
> The problem is that the 400th volume is full and it's been less than 31
> days since the first volume was written.
>
> Per your suggestion I've run the purge command from bconsole on volume
> 'File-0001' and the job has resumed. Thanks!

Ah, good.


> I'm pretty sure this job will take more than one volume to complete. Is
> there a method in bconsole for purging multiple volumes in one go?

I don't think so, but you can run bconsole with input redirected from a file
containing several commands.

__Martin

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