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Trying to restore a level 0 backup to a different,

Posted By: Kennedy, Randy
Date: Monday, 10 March 2008, at 4:27 p.m.

Server: HP/UX 11.11
Informix: 9.4FC3

We are attempting to 'test' our backup solution and received the
following error when doing an 'ontape -r' on the backup server.
Physical restore failed - could not fork server connection, SQLCODE -931

We have the tapedev configured as a file on a remote server
(/remote/recovery/informix/level0) on both servers.
The hardware and chunk links are identical on both servers.
The onconfig & host has different server names so when I bring up the
backup (if I can restore the backup), they won't have same names.
It is a single instance with 24 dbspaces & 7 non system databases.
The backups have run without a problem for a couple of years and have
never needed to test recovery (and didn't have the downtime to really
try). Now we have this identical server and want to ensure our backup
solution actually works. Still not sure:)

I have read through the Backup & Restore guide several times for Ontape
restores and it doesn't say a whole lot, run ontape -r and you should be
good to go.

I pressed enter at the mount tape prompt, entered yes to continue at
next prompt, no to backup logs on disk, it ran for about 30 minutes then
I noticed the error message. Below is the complete attempt. Any help
would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks,
Randy K.

=>ontape -r

Please mount tape 1 on /remote/recovery/informix/level0 and press Return
to continue ...

Archive Tape Information

Tape type: Archive Backup Tape
Online version: IBM Informix Dynamic Server Version 9.40.FC3
Archive date: Sun Mar 9 18:39:29 2008
User id: informix
Terminal id: /dev/console
Archive level: 0
Tape device: /remote/recovery/informix/level0
Tape blocksize (in k): 16
Tape size (in k): 30000000
Tape number in series: 1

Spaces to restore:1 [rootdbs

]
2 [llogdbs
]

3 [casedbs
]

4 [physdbs
]

5 [chrgdbs
]

6 [dwdbs
]

7 [clndrdbs
]

8 [ctntndbs
]

9 [eventdbs
]

10 [masterdbs
]
11 [peopledbs
]
12 [smat2dbs
]
13 [awdbs
]
14 [rcptmstrdbs
]
15 [sccdbs
]
16 [cstrkdbs
]
17 [testdbs
]

Archive Information

IBM Informix Dynamic Server Copyright(C) 1986-1999 IBM Informix
Software, Inc.
Initialization Time 04/21/2004 12:46:09
System Page Size 2048
Version 13
Archive CheckPoint Time 03/09/2008 18:39:29

Dbspaces
number flags fchunk nchunks flags owner
name
1 40001 1 1 N B informix
rootdbs
2 40001 2 1 N B informix
llogdbs
3 40001 3 1 N B informix
casedbs
4 40001 4 1 N B informix
physdbs
5 42001 5 1 N TB informix
tempdbs1
6 42001 6 1 N TB informix
tempdbs2
7 42001 7 1 N TB informix
tempdbs3
8 42001 8 1 N TB informix
tempdbs4
9 40001 9 1 N B informix
chrgdbs
10 40001 10 1 N B informix
dwdbs
11 40001 11 1 N B informix
clndrdbs
12 40001 12 1 N B informix
ctntndbs
13 40001 13 3 N B informix
eventdbs
14 40001 14 2 N B informix
masterdbs
15 40001 15 1 N B informix
peopledbs
17 40001 17 1 N B informix
smat2dbs
18 40001 18 1 N B informix
awdbs
19 40001 19 1 N B informix
rcptmstrdbs
20 40001 22 1 N B informix
sccdbs
21 40001 23 1 N B informix
cstrkdbs
22 40001 24 1 N B informix
testdbs

Chunks
chk/dbs offset size free bpages flags pathname
chk/dbs offset size free bpages flags pathname
1 1 0 192000 158948 PO-B /db/links/rootdbs
2 2 0 512000 1947 PO-B /db/links/llogdbs
3 3 0 256000 54780 PO-B /db/links/casedbs
4 4 0 36000 35947 PO-B /db/links/physdbs
5 5 0 512000 511847 PO-B /db/links/tempdbs1
6 6 0 512000 511847 PO-B /db/links/tempdbs2
7 7 0 512000 511839 PO-B /db/links/tempdbs3
8 8 0 512000 511839 PO-B /db/links/tempdbs4
9 9 0 512000 194092 PO-B /db/links/chrgdbs
10 10 0 1024000 752727 PO-B /db/links/dwdbs
11 11 0 1536000 958131 PO-B /db/links/clndrdbs
12 12 0 512000 286427 PO-B /db/links/ctntndbs
13 13 0 2048000 10188 PO-B /db/links/eventdbs
14 14 0 2048000 388648 PO-B /db/links/masterdbs
15 15 0 1536000 524717 PO-B /db/links/peopledbs
16 13 0 512000 229413 PO-B /db/links/1gbdbs3
17 17 0 6144000 6138738 PO-B /db/links/smat2dbs1
18 18 0 1048576 974846 PO-B /db/links/awdbs
19 19 0 512000 88812 PO-B /db/links/rcptmstrdbs
20 14 0 512000 511997 PO-B /db/links/1gbdbs1
21 13 0 1048576 0 PO-B /db/links/eventdbs2
22 20 0 1048576 871219 PO-B /db/links/sccdbs
23 21 0 512000 465169 PO-B /db/links/1gbdbs2
24 22 0 512000 325544 PO-B /db/links/testdbs

Continue restore? (y/n)y
Do you want to back up the logs? (y/n)n
Physical restore failed - could not fork server connection, SQLCODE -931

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