recallonly [ Migration: FAIL ] and recallonly [ Migration: ERROR ]

If you’re recalling data from an archive filesystem (see previous post) and you get one of these errors:

state                = recallonly [ Migration: FAIL ]

state                = recallonly [ Migration: ERROR ]

then you have at least one file that failed to recall back to the primary storage.

To view which files failed you’ll need to consult the logs which you can find at the root of the filesystem (e.g. \\\c$\myfilesystem). The files will be named:



and contain a list of files that failed and the log for the recall respectively.

When you have a few files listed it’s fairly easily to find the name of the file that failed in migLog by opening it in a text error and searching for the string “I/O Error”.

Chdir to /myvdm/myfilesystem/myfolder/myfolder
Migrating directory myfolder...Mon Jan 1 00:00:00 2009
creating sub-directory myfolder...Mon Jan 1 00:00:00 2009
migrating file myfilename.doc...Mon Jan 1 00:00:00 2009
migrating file myfilename.doc failed at read last byte: I/O error

The filepath in this case is \myfolder\myfolder\myfilename.doc.

The recall can fail because of an orphan stub (a stub with no data on the secondary storage). This will need a restore from your backups to get that file back. Sometimes the recall fails but the file is on the secondary storage. One way to force the recall is to copy the file and rename it, i.e.

1) Right click the stubbed file and copy

2) Past the file into the same directory to get a “copy of myfilename.doc”

3) Delete or rename the stub file

4) Rename the “Copy of myfilename.doc” back to myfilename.doc

This manual workaround works fine for when you have a small number of files but will quickly become a chore if you have tens or even thousands to perform this trick on.

So here’s couple of vbscript scripts to help parse the migLog and perform the copy and rename task.


cscript /nologo parse-migLog.vbs path\to\migLog > failedfiles.txt

For large log files it might help to grep out some of the content first to speed this parsing up:

grep -i -E "I\/O error|ChDir" > migLog-grepped.txt

which will trim out all the files copied successfully leaving just the directories and the failed copy lines.

The script itself:

Set objFSO = CreateObject("Scripting.FileSystemObject")

set objFileStream = objFSO.OpenTextFile (strSourceFile, 1)


do until objFileStream.AtEndOfStream
    if string_compare("Chdir",strLine) then strCurrPath=get_PathFromChdirLine(strLine)
    if string_compare("I/O error",strLine) then 
        strFilePath=ltrim(rtrim(replaceFSwithBS(strCurrPath & "\" & get_FileNameFromMigratingLine(strLine))))
        wscript.echo strFilePath
    end if

function get_PathFromChdirLine(strtmpLine)
end function

function get_FileNameFromMigratingLine(strtmpLine)
    strReturn=left(strReturn,InStrRev(strReturn," failed"))
end function

function replaceFSwithBS(strtmp)
end function

'Compare a target string to a regular expression
private function string_compare(expression,targetstring)
    set oreg= new regexp
    oReg.IgnoreCase = TRUE
    if ("" = expression OR "" = targetstring) then
    end if
    if oReg.test (targetstring) then
    end if
end function

Download the script (rename to a zip)

This second script performs the copy and rename using the file list generated by the previous script:


cscript /nologo fix-failedfiles.vbs failedfiles.txt

The script:

Set objFSO = CreateObject("Scripting.FileSystemObject")

set objFileStream = objFSO.OpenTextFile (strSourceFile, 1)

do until objFileStream.AtEndOfStream
    on error resume next
    'Copy file to new to force inflate
    objFSO.CopyFile strFileName,strFileName & ".new"
    if err.number > 0 then
        wscript.echo strFileName
        'rename current to .old
        objFSO.MoveFile strFileName,strFileName & ".old"
        'Rename copy back to original file
        objFSO.MoveFile strFileName & ".new",strFileName
        'delete .old
        objFSO.DeleteFile strFileName & ".old"
    end if

If any of the files fail to copy then they will be output to the screen.

Download the script (rename to a zip)

Once you’ve fixed the files that failed to recall you can restart the recall process. This time it should complete.


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