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System Call Failed

Created: 09 Apr 2008 • Updated: 23 May 2010 | 4 comments

When running a report and clicking earliest available I get the message "system call failed", but if I put in a specific date (even months earlier) the report runs, however it only goes back to the beginning of today.
Environment:
NBU 6.5.1 Windoze.

Has anyone seen this problem? If so how did you fix it?


Patrick Whelan

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Stumpr2's picture

Patrick Whelan wrote:

When running a report and clicking earliest available I get the message "system call failed", but if I put in a specific date (even months earlier) the report runs, however it only goes back to the beginning of today.
Environment:
NBU 6.5.1 Windoze.

Has anyone seen this problem? If so how did you fix it?

Patrick Whelan


Patrick,
Which report? Can you run it from a cmd window?

 

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Patrick Whelan 2's picture

It doesn't matter which report. I have tried "Status of Backups", "Client Backups", "Problems" and "All Log Entries". As much as I use the command line, I am afraid I don't know how to run the aforementioned reports from it. Please enlighten me.


Patrick Whelan

Senior NetBackup Specialist

Stumpr2's picture
You might want to dust this off before using it as it is pretty old.
Dusting off means chek the usage with the -help or read the man page
 
DOCUMENTATION: The command line equivalents for running the NetBackup reports available in the NetBackup user interface
 
Details:

Manual:

NetBackup DataCenter 4.5 System Administrator's Guide for UNIX
VERITAS NetBackup (tm) 5.0 System Administrator's Guide, Volume I for UNIX
VERITAS NetBackup (tm) 5.1 System Administrators Guide for UNIX, Volume I

Page:  n/a

Modification Type:  Supplement

Modification:

This is a list of the command line tools that run the same reports as the NetBackup (tm) GUI.

Command Line Interface for NetBackup Reports
Note:
<start_date> and <end_date> syntax: MM/DD/YY
<start_time> and <end_time> syntax: hh:mm:ss
<media_id> is the six-character media identification number

Backup Status Report
The Backup Status report shows status and error information on jobs completed within the specified time period. If an error has occurred, a short explanation of the error is included.  
# cd /usr/openv/netbackup/bin/admincmd
# ./bperror -U -backstat -s info [-d <start_date> <start_time> -e <end_date> <end_time>]

Client Backups Report
The Client Backups report shows detailed information on backups completed within the specified time period.  
# cd /usr/openv/netbackup/bin/admincmd
# ./bpimagelist -U [-A|-client name] [-d <start_date> <start_time> -e <end_date> <end_time>]

Problems Report
The Problems report lists the problems that the server has logged during the specified time period. This information is a subset of the information you get from the All Log Entries report.
# cd /usr/openv/netbackup/bin/admincmd
# ./bperror -U -problems [-d <start_date> <start_time> -e <end_date> <end_time>]

All Log Entries Report
The All Log Entries report lists all log entries for the specified time period. This report includes the information from the Problems report and Media Log Entries report. This report also shows the transfer rate, which is useful in determining and predicting rates and backup times for future backups (the transfer rate does not appear for multiplexed backups).  
# cd /usr/openv/netbackup/bin/admincmd
# ./bperror -U -all [-d <start_date> <start_time> -e <end_date> <end_time>]

Media List Report
The Media Lists report shows information for volumes that have been allocated for backups. This report does not show media for Disk type storage units or for backups of the NetBackup catalogs.
# cd /usr/openv/netbackup/bin/admincmd
# ./bpmedialist -U -mlist [-m <media_id>

Media Contents Report
The Media Contents report shows the contents of a volume as read directly from the media header and backup headers. This report lists the backup IDs (not each individual file) that are on a single volume. If a tape has to be mounted, there will be a longer delay before the report appears.
# cd /usr/openv/netbackup/bin/admincmd
# ./bpmedialist -U -mcontents [-m <media_id>]

Images on Media Report
The Images on Media report lists the contents of the media as recorded in the NetBackup image catalog. You can generate this report for any type of media (including disk) and filter it according to client, media ID, or path.
# cd /usr/openv/netbackup/bin/admincmd
# ./bpimmedia -U [-client <client_name>] [-mediaid <media_id>]

Media Log Entries Report
The Media Logs report shows media errors or informational messages that are recorded in the NetBackup error catalog. This information also appears in the All Log Entries report.
# cd /usr/openv/netbackup/bin/admincmd
# ./bperror -U -media [-d <start_date> <start_time> -e <end_date> <end_time>]

Media Summary Report
The Media Summary report summarizes active and non-active volumes for the specified server according to expiration date. It also shows how many volumes are at each retention level. In verbose mode, the report shows each media ID and its expiration date.
# cd /usr/openv/netbackup/bin/admincmd
# ./bpmedialist -summary

Media Written Report
The Media Written report identifies volumes that were used for backups within the specified time period.  
# cd /usr/openv/netbackup/bin/admincmd
# ./bpimagelist -A -media [-d <start_date> <start_time> -e <end_date> <end_time>]

Volume detail (vmquery)
There is no NetBackup GUI equivalent for the Volume detail report. This is a command line method to get details for all tapes or a specific tape.  This can be used as a complement to other Media reports.
# cd /usr/openv/volmgr/bin
# ./vmquery -a
or
# ./vmquery -m <media_id>

Refer to the NetBackup System Administrator's Guide for further information on these commands and for a description of the columns and their meanings.

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Patrick Whelan 2's picture

Thanks Bob,

After sneezing for 5 minutes from the dust, I tried the bperror command. It works find except that every thing starts at midnight last night. Unfortunately there is no "Earliest available" so I can't get it to fail like the GUI does. Any more ideas would be greatly appreciated. I thought I saw somewhere there was a command to "repair" the "log" files. I will look tonight when I get home because I think I saw it among all my papers.

Patrick Whelan

Senior NetBackup Specialist