IntroductionThis is part of a series of articles on backing up computers. The top page is Design for an Archiving Backup System.
This page describes the command line syntax of the arcvpkglist.py program.
The arcvpkglist.py program is a utility to examine the contents of a package file to show what files might be recoverable. This is largly used in the last resort case of going to very old media that might have backups of a file that has long since been purged from the database on it
As this program does a full read of all the package files it processes it can be used to perform a media integrity check.
SyntaxThe arcvpkglist.py program gets configuration information from the config.ini file.
The full command syntax is:
arcvpkglist [-h] [-q] archivepath1 [archivepath2 ...]
where items in the square brackets are optional.
The only required parameter is the archivepath1 which is the either a single package file or a directory containing package files the contents of which will be listed.
OptionsThe -h parameter will bring up a short syntax help prompt and then stop.
The -q parameter turns off the file contents listing (i.e. quiets down the command), the command still reads and tests all the package files and will print a summary of any error that it finds.