This article is for Amanda Enterprise (AE)
FAILURE SUMMARY section of the backup report either sent as an email or as viewed on the Report| Backups page shows errors such as:
natasha.company.com /home lev 1 FAILED [data timeout]
natasha.company.com /home lev 1 partial taper: successfully taped a partial dump
The Amanda server is timing out the backup when data is not being received from the client for an accumulated period of time. This timeout is set as the No Data Sent timeout on the Backup| How page and tells the server how long it is allowed to wait on a client when no data is being received.A time when no data is expected to be received by the Amanda server is the time during the initial period of a backup when tar or Zmanda Windows Client is parsing the client’s file system. As the number of files being backed up increase, so does this No Data Sent period.
If due to file count or other reasons this duration starts reaching the No Data Sent timeout value, then the server will quit waiting for this particular backup to complete and will time out the backup of this object and continue on with the next queued object.