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Cisco 3845 - archive command time-period does not work

I have a Cisco 3845 wiht the archive command configured:


path tftp://x.x.x.x/$h


time-period 60

The archive command works with the execution of the write mem, but with the "time-period" doesn't work.

Am I doing something wrong?

Or Do you know if my IOS is affected for some bug?...

This is the show version of my 3845:


Cisco IOS Software, 3800 Software (C3845-SPSERVICESK9-M), Version 12.3(14)T7, RELEASE SOFTWARE (fc2)

Technical Support:

Copyright (c) 1986-2006 by Cisco Systems, Inc.

Compiled Thu 23-Mar-06 01:59 by pwade

ROM: System Bootstrap, Version 12.3(11r)T1, RELEASE SOFTWARE (fc1)

NTP_Server uptime is 19 weeks, 5 days, 17 hours, 24 minutes

System restarted at 19:20:38 MEXICO Tue May 29 2012

System image file is "flash:c3845-spservicesk9-mz.123-14.T7.bin"

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Cisco 3845 (revision 1.0) with 224256K/37888K bytes of memory.

Processor board ID FHK0846F193

2 Gigabit Ethernet interfaces

1 Subrate T3/E3 port

DRAM configuration is 64 bits wide with parity enabled.

479K bytes of NVRAM.

62592K bytes of ATA System CompactFlash (Read/Write)

Configuration register is 0x2102

I'll appreciate all of your aportations.

Thanks a lot.


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Hector, did you ever find a solution to this? I am running into the same (I think) problem with a 3640 that is also running 12.3(14)T7 (c3640-ik9o3s-mz.123-14.T7.bin to be specific) and I have not found a solution. When manually issuing the 'wr' command the config is copied to the tftp server in whole, but the time-period automation only saves a very small file with only 'boot-start-marker' and 'boot-end-marker'. Very odd.

EDIT: I discovered another thread that described exactly the same behavior:

I followed the example at the very end of the thread and created a kron job to initiate the 'archive config' command. It's a hack, but works.

Mike Oliver, KT2T
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