Bug 28649 - amanda client and server configurations need a lot of work
amanda client and server configurations need a lot of work
Product: Red Hat Linux
Classification: Retired
Component: amanda (Show other bugs)
i386 Linux
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Assigned To: Trond Eivind Glomsrxd
David Lawrence
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Reported: 2001-02-21 13:31 EST by Need Real Name
Modified: 2007-04-18 12:31 EDT (History)
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Last Closed: 2001-02-21 13:31:46 EST
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Description Need Real Name 2001-02-21 13:31:42 EST
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amanda default configuration is not operational for server or client

Reproducible: Always
Steps to Reproduce:
a) install amanda and amanda-client on a backup client system.
b) try to configure and use amanda


a) install amanda, amanda-client and amanda server on a backup server
b) try to backup a filesystem or disk on the local host

Actual Results:  1) amanda can not contact the amandad client daemon
because it never starts
2) amanda can not contact the client (after solving 1) because the
    file is protected in the /root directory (default user operator home,
but can not
3) etc.

Expected Results:  I should have been able to modify the configuration file
for the DailySet1 backups, and updated .amandahosts configuration file, and
get a backup working.

1) missing directory

the amanda-client installation fails to create a directory for
"gnutar-lists".  The default config file references
"/var/lib/amanda/gnutar-lists", and the absense of this directory will
result in a client node backup failure.  note, however, this directory *is*
created if the amanda-server package is installed.

2) missing or incorrect xinetd startup files

the amanda daemon entries are incorrect or missing after installation.  the
amanda-client installation fails to create a startup file for amandad in
/etc/xinetd.d.  it should look something like:

# default: off
# description: Part of the Amanda server package

service amandad
	disable	= no
	socket_type		= dgram
	protocol		= udp
	wait			= yes
	user			= operator
	group			= disk
	port = 10080
	server			= /usr/lib/amanda/amandad 

Also, only amandad should have wait set to yes; the others,
/etc/xinetd.d/amandaidx (server and client) and /etc/xinetd.d/amidxtape (on
server only) should have wait set to no.

3) backup user (operator) access control problems

by default, amanda uses the operator user account to do most of its work. 
the problem with this is that /root is the default home directory for
operator, and only the root user has permission, by default, to read the
contents of the /root directory.  the amanda package installs a security
configuration file, .amandahosts, in the operator's home directory.  the
amanda software must consult this file to determine whether or not a user
from a given host is allowed access, much like .rhosts.  since the amanda
software runs as user operator, and operator can not, by default read
/root, amanda fails to do much of anything since it can not resolve its
user and host security requirements.

I suggest repackaging amanda so that it uses a unique user, such as
"backup" or "amanda".  I also suggest creating a new home dirctory for said
Comment 1 Trond Eivind Glomsrxd 2001-02-21 14:57:08 EST
Please don't combine multiple issues into one bug report - it makes tracking harder.

Also, give the RPMs at http://people.redhat.com/teg/ a try. They should fix the
issues you're having.

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