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Backup Failure: gtar terminated with signal 9 on Solaris

This article is for Amanda Enterprise (AE)

Issue Symptoms

  • You are running Solaris
  • Backups fail with errors similar to the following:
hostname / lev 0 FAILED [/opt/csw/bin/gtar terminated with signal 9: see /var/log/amanda/client/Allback/amgtar.20130921003333000.debug]
hostname / lev 0 FAILED [dumper returned FAILED]

Issue Description

Amanda Enterprise uses gtar for compression. The system gtar has a missing library and the CSW library did not fully install. This causes a backup failure due to a library issue with the system gtar.


Create a symbolic link from the old version of gtar to the new, so that when gtar is called, the new version is used.

Symlink the system version of gtar at /usr/sfw/bin/gtar to the new version included with the required CSW packages at /opt/csw/bin/gtar, via the following the command:

ln -s /opt/csw/bin/gtar /usr/sfw/bin/gtar