backup_kill - Terminates a pending or running operation


backup kill -id <job ID or dump set name> [-help]

backup k k -i <job ID or dump set name> [-h]


The backup kill command dequeues a Backup System operation that is pending, or terminates an operation that is running, in the current interactive session. It is available only in interactive mode. If the issuer of the backup interactive command included the -localauth flag, the -cell argument, or both, then those settings apply to this command also.

To terminate a dump operation, specify either the dump name (volume_set_name.dump_level_name) or its job ID number, which appears in the output from the backup jobs command. To terminate any other type of operation, provide the job ID number.

The effect of terminating an operation depends on the type and current state of the operation:


It is best not to issue the backup kill command against restore operations. If the termination signal interrupts a restore operation as the Backup System is overwriting an existing volume, it is possible to lose the volume entirely (that is, to lose both the contents of the volume as it was before the restore and any data that was restored before the termination signal arrived). The data being restored still exists on the tape, but some data can be lost permanently.


-id <job ID or dump set name>

Identifies the backup operation to terminate. Provide one of two types of values:


Prints the online help for this command. All other valid options are ignored.


The following command terminates the operation with job ID 5:

   backup> kill 5

The following command terminates the dump operation called user.sunday1:

   backup> kill user.sunday1


The issuer must have the privilege required to initiate the operation being cancelled. Because this command can be issued only within the interactive session during which the operation was initiated, the required privilege is essentially guaranteed.


backup(8), backup_interactive(8), backup_jobs(8)


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