Killing option 21 backup midsave

Is it a backup sin to kill or end the process once an AS/400 system is in the midst of an option 21 backup? The good news is that doing this doesn't destroy files on your disk, but it does make the backup process that has occurred up until the point you killed it, worthless.

Not sure if this has ever been addressed and probably sure this is a backup sin.

What happens to the os and files if the option 21 command is used to backup a system and then you have to end/kill...

the process in the middle of the saves in restricted state?

Nothing will happen to the original files on disk. However, your SAVSYS tape will be worthless from a recovery point of view. You would have to restart your SAVSYS process from the beginning and create a new tape.
This was first published in April 2008

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