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23 June, 2015

RMAN - 3 : The DB_UNIQUE_NAME in Backups to the FRA

When you run RMAN Backups to the FRA without using the FORMAT clause, Oracle automatically generates filenames for the BackupPieces.  The folder name is derived from the system date.  But what is the parent folder for backups ?  Is it simply the DB_RECOVERY_FILE_DEST ?  Actuallly, the DB_UNIQUE_NAME comes into play as well.

For example :

[oracle@localhost ~]$ rman target /

Recovery Manager: Release 11.2.0.2.0 - Production on Tue Jun 23 16:57:19 2015

Copyright (c) 1982, 2009, Oracle and/or its affiliates.  All rights reserved.

connected to target database: ORCL (DBID=1229390655)

RMAN> list backup of datafile 1;

using target database control file instead of recovery catalog

List of Backup Sets
===================


BS Key  Type LV Size       Device Type Elapsed Time Completion Time
------- ---- -- ---------- ----------- ------------ ---------------
1       Full    831.23M    DISK        00:03:32     07-JUN-15      
        BP Key: 1   Status: AVAILABLE  Compressed: YES  Tag: TAG20150607T165914
        Piece Name: /NEW_FS/oracle/FRA/ORCL/backupset/2015_06_07/o1_mf_nnndf_TAG20150607T165914_bq81z2y6_.bkp
  List of Datafiles in backup set 1
  File LV Type Ckp SCN    Ckp Time  Name
  ---- -- ---- ---------- --------- ----
  1       Full 14068320   07-JUN-15 /home/oracle/app/oracle/oradata/orcl/system01.dbf

BS Key  Type LV Size       Device Type Elapsed Time Completion Time
------- ---- -- ---------- ----------- ------------ ---------------
3       Full    366.89M    DISK        00:01:56     07-JUN-15      
        BP Key: 3   Status: AVAILABLE  Compressed: YES  Tag: TAG20150607T170754
        Piece Name: /NEW_FS/oracle/FRA/ORCL/backupset/2015_06_07/o1_mf_nnndf_TAG20150607T170754_bq82hc5f_.bkp
  List of Datafiles in backup set 3
  File LV Type Ckp SCN    Ckp Time  Name
  ---- -- ---- ---------- --------- ----
  1       Full 14068721   07-JUN-15 /home/oracle/app/oracle/oradata/orcl/system01.dbf

RMAN> 

[oracle@localhost ~]$ sqlplus '/ as sysdba'

SQL*Plus: Release 11.2.0.2.0 Production on Tue Jun 23 16:58:34 2015

Copyright (c) 1982, 2010, Oracle.  All rights reserved.


Connected to:
Oracle Database 11g Enterprise Edition Release 11.2.0.2.0 - Production
With the Partitioning, OLAP, Data Mining and Real Application Testing options

SQL> show parameter db_recovery_file_dest

NAME                                 TYPE        VALUE
------------------------------------ ----------- ------------------------------
db_recovery_file_dest                string      /NEW_FS/oracle/FRA
db_recovery_file_dest_size           big integer 8G
SQL> 

We can see that the DB_RECOVERY_FILE_DEST is defined as "/NEW_FS/oracle/FRA". However, the backups go into a "backupset" folder under "/NEW_FS/oracle/FRA/ORCL/". The "ORCL" is part of the path to the folder holding the backups. How is this "ORCL" derived ?

SQL> show parameter db_name

NAME                                 TYPE        VALUE
------------------------------------ ----------- ------------------------------
db_name                              string      orcl
SQL> show parameter db_unique_name

NAME                                 TYPE        VALUE
------------------------------------ ----------- ------------------------------
db_unique_name                       string      orcl
SQL> 

By default, the DB_UNIQUE_NAME is the same as DB_NAME. Let's see what happens after I change the DB_UNIQUE_NAME.

SQL> 
SQL> !ls -l /NEW_FS/oracle/FRA/
total 4
drwxrwx--- 5 oracle oracle 4096 Jun  7 17:10 ORCL

SQL> 
SQL> alter system set db_unique_name='HEMANTDB' scope=SPFILE;

System altered.

SQL> shutdown immediate
Database closed.
Database dismounted.
ORACLE instance shut down.
SQL> startup
ORACLE instance started.

Total System Global Area  456146944 bytes
Fixed Size                  1344840 bytes
Variable Size             385878712 bytes
Database Buffers           62914560 bytes
Redo Buffers                6008832 bytes
Database mounted.
Database opened.
SQL> !ls -l /NEW_FS/oracle/FRA/
total 4
drwxrwx--- 5 oracle oracle 4096 Jun  7 17:10 ORCL

SQL> 

After resetting the DB_UNIQUE_NAME, Oracle doesn't immediately create the folder for the new DB_UNIQUE_NAME until and unless I run an RMAN Backup.

RMAN> exit

RMAN-06900: WARNING: unable to generate V$RMAN_STATUS or V$RMAN_OUTPUT row
RMAN-06901: WARNING: disabling update of the V$RMAN_STATUS and V$RMAN_OUTPUT rows
ORACLE error from target database: 
ORA-03135: connection lost contact
Process ID: 3344
Session ID: 67 Serial number: 13


Recovery Manager complete.
[oracle@localhost ~]$ rman target /

Recovery Manager: Release 11.2.0.2.0 - Production on Tue Jun 23 17:07:14 2015

Copyright (c) 1982, 2009, Oracle and/or its affiliates.  All rights reserved.

connected to target database: ORCL (DBID=1229390655)

RMAN> backup datafile 1;

Starting backup at 23-JUN-15
using target database control file instead of recovery catalog
allocated channel: ORA_DISK_1
channel ORA_DISK_1: SID=27 device type=DISK
allocated channel: ORA_DISK_2
channel ORA_DISK_2: SID=38 device type=DISK
channel ORA_DISK_1: starting full datafile backup set
channel ORA_DISK_1: specifying datafile(s) in backup set
input datafile file number=00001 name=/home/oracle/app/oracle/oradata/orcl/system01.dbf
channel ORA_DISK_1: starting piece 1 at 23-JUN-15
channel ORA_DISK_1: finished piece 1 at 23-JUN-15
piece handle=/NEW_FS/oracle/FRA/HEMANTDB/backupset/2015_06_23/o1_mf_nnndf_TAG20150623T170721_brl8g9od_.bkp tag=TAG20150623T170721 comment=NONE
channel ORA_DISK_1: backup set complete, elapsed time: 00:01:25
Finished backup at 23-JUN-15

Starting Control File and SPFILE Autobackup at 23-JUN-15
piece handle=/NEW_FS/oracle/FRA/HEMANTDB/autobackup/2015_06_23/o1_mf_s_883156126_brl8k0w4_.bkp comment=NONE
Finished Control File and SPFILE Autobackup at 23-JUN-15

RMAN> 

SQL> !ls -l /NEW_FS/oracle/FRA/
total 8
drwxrwx--- 3 oracle oracle 4096 Jun 23 17:07 HEMANTDB
drwxrwx--- 5 oracle oracle 4096 Jun  7 17:10 ORCL

SQL> 
SQL> show parameter db_name

NAME                                 TYPE        VALUE
------------------------------------ ----------- ------------------------------
db_name                              string      orcl
SQL> show parameter db_unique_name

NAME                                 TYPE        VALUE
------------------------------------ ----------- ------------------------------
db_unique_name                       string      HEMANTDB
SQL> 

Notice how Oracle created the "HEMANTDB" folder under the designated DB_RECOVERY_FILE_DEST. It then created the "backupset" and "autobackup" folders also as subfolders under this.  BackupSet BackupPieces and Controlfile Autobackups are now going to the new path.  The backups are go to folders under {DB_RECOVERY_FILE_DEST}/{DB_UNIQUE_NAME}
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13 June, 2015

RMAN -- 2 : ArchiveLog Deletion Policy

Most Internet references about defining the ArchiveLog Deletion Policy relate to the necessity to preserve ArchiveLogs for Standby databases.

For example, the configuration here prevents deletion unless an ArchiveLog has been applied on a Standby :

RMAN> show all;

RMAN configuration parameters for database with db_unique_name ORCL are:
CONFIGURE RETENTION POLICY TO REDUNDANCY 1; # default
CONFIGURE BACKUP OPTIMIZATION OFF; # default
CONFIGURE DEFAULT DEVICE TYPE TO DISK; # default
CONFIGURE CONTROLFILE AUTOBACKUP ON;
CONFIGURE CONTROLFILE AUTOBACKUP FORMAT FOR DEVICE TYPE DISK TO '%F'; # default
CONFIGURE DEVICE TYPE DISK PARALLELISM 2 BACKUP TYPE TO BACKUPSET;
CONFIGURE DATAFILE BACKUP COPIES FOR DEVICE TYPE DISK TO 1; # default
CONFIGURE ARCHIVELOG BACKUP COPIES FOR DEVICE TYPE DISK TO 1; # default
CONFIGURE MAXSETSIZE TO UNLIMITED; # default
CONFIGURE ENCRYPTION FOR DATABASE OFF; # default
CONFIGURE ENCRYPTION ALGORITHM 'AES128'; # default
CONFIGURE COMPRESSION ALGORITHM 'BASIC' AS OF RELEASE 'DEFAULT' OPTIMIZE FOR LOAD TRUE ; # default
CONFIGURE ARCHIVELOG DELETION POLICY TO APPLIED ON ALL STANDBY;
CONFIGURE SNAPSHOT CONTROLFILE NAME TO '/home/oracle/app/oracle/product/11.2.0/dbhome_2/dbs/snapcf_orcl.f'; # default

RMAN> 

But it is possible to also configure it differently. For example, thus for a database without a Standby, I can configure it to prevent deletion unless a Backup of the ArchiveLog has been made (to disk in this case)  :

RMAN> configure archivelog deletion policy to backed up 1 times to device type disk;

old RMAN configuration parameters:
CONFIGURE ARCHIVELOG DELETION POLICY TO APPLIED ON ALL STANDBY;
new RMAN configuration parameters:
CONFIGURE ARCHIVELOG DELETION POLICY TO BACKED UP 1 TIMES TO DISK;
new RMAN configuration parameters are successfully stored

RMAN> show all;

RMAN configuration parameters for database with db_unique_name ORCL are:
CONFIGURE RETENTION POLICY TO REDUNDANCY 1; # default
CONFIGURE BACKUP OPTIMIZATION OFF; # default
CONFIGURE DEFAULT DEVICE TYPE TO DISK; # default
CONFIGURE CONTROLFILE AUTOBACKUP ON;
CONFIGURE CONTROLFILE AUTOBACKUP FORMAT FOR DEVICE TYPE DISK TO '%F'; # default
CONFIGURE DEVICE TYPE DISK PARALLELISM 2 BACKUP TYPE TO BACKUPSET;
CONFIGURE DATAFILE BACKUP COPIES FOR DEVICE TYPE DISK TO 1; # default
CONFIGURE ARCHIVELOG BACKUP COPIES FOR DEVICE TYPE DISK TO 1; # default
CONFIGURE MAXSETSIZE TO UNLIMITED; # default
CONFIGURE ENCRYPTION FOR DATABASE OFF; # default
CONFIGURE ENCRYPTION ALGORITHM 'AES128'; # default
CONFIGURE COMPRESSION ALGORITHM 'BASIC' AS OF RELEASE 'DEFAULT' OPTIMIZE FOR LOAD TRUE ; # default
CONFIGURE ARCHIVELOG DELETION POLICY TO BACKED UP 1 TIMES TO DISK;
CONFIGURE SNAPSHOT CONTROLFILE NAME TO '/home/oracle/app/oracle/product/11.2.0/dbhome_2/dbs/snapcf_orcl.f'; # default

RMAN> 

Let's see how this plays.
RMAN> sql 'alter system archive log current ';

sql statement: alter system archive log current 

RMAN> delete archivelog all;

released channel: ORA_DISK_1
released channel: ORA_DISK_2
allocated channel: ORA_DISK_1
channel ORA_DISK_1: SID=35 device type=DISK
allocated channel: ORA_DISK_2
channel ORA_DISK_2: SID=52 device type=DISK
RMAN-08138: WARNING: archived log not deleted - must create more backups
archived log file name=/NEW_FS/oracle/FRA/ORCL/archivelog/2015_06_13/o1_mf_1_623_bqrjp5gx_.arc thread=1 sequence=623
RMAN-08138: WARNING: archived log not deleted - must create more backups
archived log file name=/NEW_FS/oracle/FRA/ORCL/archivelog/2015_06_13/o1_mf_1_624_bqrjpsb3_.arc thread=1 sequence=624
RMAN-08138: WARNING: archived log not deleted - must create more backups
archived log file name=/NEW_FS/oracle/FRA/ORCL/archivelog/2015_06_13/o1_mf_1_625_bqrjq8kj_.arc thread=1 sequence=625
RMAN-08138: WARNING: archived log not deleted - must create more backups
archived log file name=/NEW_FS/oracle/FRA/ORCL/archivelog/2015_06_13/o1_mf_1_626_bqrjqfdq_.arc thread=1 sequence=626

RMAN> 

RMAN raised a WARNING that indicates that deletion of the ArchiveLog is not permitted until a Backup has been taken.  Thus, you can protect your ArchiveLogs from deletion by RMAN commands if they have not been backed up.
NOTE : This does NOT prevent non-RMAN commands (e.g. cron jobs with shell scripts) from deleting ArchiveLogs !

Let me backup and then delete the ArchiveLogs.

RMAN> backup as compressed backupset archivelog all;

Starting backup at 13-JUN-15
current log archived
using channel ORA_DISK_1
using channel ORA_DISK_2
channel ORA_DISK_1: starting compressed archived log backup set
channel ORA_DISK_1: specifying archived log(s) in backup set
input archived log thread=1 sequence=623 RECID=9 STAMP=882312517
channel ORA_DISK_1: starting piece 1 at 13-JUN-15
channel ORA_DISK_2: starting compressed archived log backup set
channel ORA_DISK_2: specifying archived log(s) in backup set
input archived log thread=1 sequence=624 RECID=10 STAMP=882312537
input archived log thread=1 sequence=625 RECID=11 STAMP=882312552
input archived log thread=1 sequence=626 RECID=12 STAMP=882312557
channel ORA_DISK_2: starting piece 1 at 13-JUN-15
channel ORA_DISK_1: finished piece 1 at 13-JUN-15
piece handle=/NEW_FS/oracle/FRA/ORCL/backupset/2015_06_13/o1_mf_annnn_TAG20150613T225210_bqrjwtfd_.bkp tag=TAG20150613T225210 comment=NONE
channel ORA_DISK_1: backup set complete, elapsed time: 00:00:01
channel ORA_DISK_1: starting compressed archived log backup set
channel ORA_DISK_1: specifying archived log(s) in backup set
input archived log thread=1 sequence=627 RECID=13 STAMP=882312730
channel ORA_DISK_1: starting piece 1 at 13-JUN-15
channel ORA_DISK_2: finished piece 1 at 13-JUN-15
piece handle=/NEW_FS/oracle/FRA/ORCL/backupset/2015_06_13/o1_mf_annnn_TAG20150613T225210_bqrjwtg3_.bkp tag=TAG20150613T225210 comment=NONE
channel ORA_DISK_2: backup set complete, elapsed time: 00:00:01
channel ORA_DISK_1: finished piece 1 at 13-JUN-15
piece handle=/NEW_FS/oracle/FRA/ORCL/backupset/2015_06_13/o1_mf_annnn_TAG20150613T225210_bqrjwvp1_.bkp tag=TAG20150613T225210 comment=NONE
channel ORA_DISK_1: backup set complete, elapsed time: 00:00:01
Finished backup at 13-JUN-15

Starting Control File and SPFILE Autobackup at 13-JUN-15
piece handle=/NEW_FS/oracle/FRA/ORCL/autobackup/2015_06_13/o1_mf_s_882312732_bqrjwwsc_.bkp comment=NONE
Finished Control File and SPFILE Autobackup at 13-JUN-15

RMAN> delete archivelog all;

released channel: ORA_DISK_1
released channel: ORA_DISK_2
allocated channel: ORA_DISK_1
channel ORA_DISK_1: SID=35 device type=DISK
allocated channel: ORA_DISK_2
channel ORA_DISK_2: SID=52 device type=DISK
List of Archived Log Copies for database with db_unique_name ORCL
=====================================================================

Key     Thrd Seq     S Low Time 
------- ---- ------- - ---------
9       1    623     A 07-JUN-15
        Name: /NEW_FS/oracle/FRA/ORCL/archivelog/2015_06_13/o1_mf_1_623_bqrjp5gx_.arc

10      1    624     A 13-JUN-15
        Name: /NEW_FS/oracle/FRA/ORCL/archivelog/2015_06_13/o1_mf_1_624_bqrjpsb3_.arc

11      1    625     A 13-JUN-15
        Name: /NEW_FS/oracle/FRA/ORCL/archivelog/2015_06_13/o1_mf_1_625_bqrjq8kj_.arc

12      1    626     A 13-JUN-15
        Name: /NEW_FS/oracle/FRA/ORCL/archivelog/2015_06_13/o1_mf_1_626_bqrjqfdq_.arc

13      1    627     A 13-JUN-15
        Name: /NEW_FS/oracle/FRA/ORCL/archivelog/2015_06_13/o1_mf_1_627_bqrjwt3k_.arc


Do you really want to delete the above objects (enter YES or NO)? YES
deleted archived log
archived log file name=/NEW_FS/oracle/FRA/ORCL/archivelog/2015_06_13/o1_mf_1_623_bqrjp5gx_.arc RECID=9 STAMP=882312517
deleted archived log
archived log file name=/NEW_FS/oracle/FRA/ORCL/archivelog/2015_06_13/o1_mf_1_624_bqrjpsb3_.arc RECID=10 STAMP=882312537
deleted archived log
archived log file name=/NEW_FS/oracle/FRA/ORCL/archivelog/2015_06_13/o1_mf_1_625_bqrjq8kj_.arc RECID=11 STAMP=882312552
deleted archived log
archived log file name=/NEW_FS/oracle/FRA/ORCL/archivelog/2015_06_13/o1_mf_1_626_bqrjqfdq_.arc RECID=12 STAMP=882312557
deleted archived log
archived log file name=/NEW_FS/oracle/FRA/ORCL/archivelog/2015_06_13/o1_mf_1_627_bqrjwt3k_.arc RECID=13 STAMP=882312730
Deleted 5 objects


RMAN> 

Now, I am able to delete the ArchiveLogs as I have at least 1 backup (on disk) of each.

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07 June, 2015

RMAN -- 1 : Backup Job Details

Here's a post on how you could be misled by a simple report on the V$RMAN_BACKUP_JOB_DETAILS view.

Suppose I run RMAN Backups through a shell script.  Like this :

[oracle@localhost Hemant]$ ls -l *sh
-rwxrw-r-- 1 oracle oracle 336 Jun  7 17:30 Backup_DB_Plus_ArchLogs.sh
[oracle@localhost Hemant]$ cat Backup_DB_Plus_ArchLogs.sh
ORACLE_SID=orcl;export ORACLE_SID

rman << EOF
connect target /

spool log to Backup_DB_plus_ArchLogs.LOG

backup as compressed backupset database ;

sql 'alter system switch logfile';
sql 'alter system archive log current' ;

backup as compressed backupset archivelog all;

backup as compressed backupset current controlfile ;

EOF

[oracle@localhost Hemant]$   
[oracle@localhost Hemant]$ 
[oracle@localhost Hemant]$ 
[oracle@localhost Hemant]$ ./Backup_DB_Plus_ArchLogs.sh

Recovery Manager: Release 11.2.0.2.0 - Production on Sun Jun 7 17:31:06 2015

Copyright (c) 1982, 2009, Oracle and/or its affiliates.  All rights reserved.

RMAN> 
connected to target database: ORCL (DBID=1229390655)

RMAN> 
RMAN> RMAN> RMAN> RMAN> RMAN> RMAN> RMAN> RMAN> RMAN> RMAN> RMAN> RMAN> [oracle@localhost Hemant]$ 
[oracle@localhost Hemant]$ 

I then proceed to check the results of the run in V$RMAN_BACKUP_JOB_DETAILS.

SQL> l
  1  select to_char(start_time,'DD-MON HH24:MI') StartTime, to_char(end_time,'DD-MON HH24:MI') EndTime,
  2  input_type, status
  3  from v$rman_backup_job_details
  4* where start_time > trunc(sysdate)+17.5/24
SQL> /

STARTTIME             ENDTIME               INPUT_TYPE    STATUS
--------------------- --------------------- ------------- -----------------------
07-JUN 17:31          07-JUN 17:31          DB FULL       FAILED

SQL> 

It says that I ran one FULL DATABASE Backup that failed. Is that really true ?  Let me check the RMAN spooled log.

[oracle@localhost Hemant]$ cat Backup_DB_plus_ArchLogs.LOG

Spooling started in log file: Backup_DB_plus_ArchLogs.LOG

Recovery Manager11.2.0.2.0

RMAN> 
RMAN> 
Starting backup at 07-JUN-15
using target database control file instead of recovery catalog
allocated channel: ORA_DISK_1
channel ORA_DISK_1: SID=60 device type=DISK
allocated channel: ORA_DISK_2
channel ORA_DISK_2: SID=59 device type=DISK
RMAN-06169: could not read file header for datafile 6 error reason 4
RMAN-00571: ===========================================================
RMAN-00569: =============== ERROR MESSAGE STACK FOLLOWS ===============
RMAN-00571: ===========================================================
RMAN-03002: failure of backup command at 06/07/2015 17:31:08
RMAN-06056: could not access datafile 6

RMAN> 
RMAN> 
sql statement: alter system switch logfile

RMAN> 
sql statement: alter system archive log current

RMAN> 
RMAN> 
Starting backup at 07-JUN-15
current log archived
using channel ORA_DISK_1
using channel ORA_DISK_2
channel ORA_DISK_1: starting compressed archived log backup set
channel ORA_DISK_1: specifying archived log(s) in backup set
input archived log thread=1 sequence=615 RECID=1 STAMP=881773851
channel ORA_DISK_1: starting piece 1 at 07-JUN-15
channel ORA_DISK_2: starting compressed archived log backup set
channel ORA_DISK_2: specifying archived log(s) in backup set
input archived log thread=1 sequence=616 RECID=2 STAMP=881773851
input archived log thread=1 sequence=617 RECID=3 STAMP=881773853
input archived log thread=1 sequence=618 RECID=4 STAMP=881774357
input archived log thread=1 sequence=619 RECID=5 STAMP=881774357
channel ORA_DISK_2: starting piece 1 at 07-JUN-15
channel ORA_DISK_2: finished piece 1 at 07-JUN-15
piece handle=/NEW_FS/oracle/FRA/ORCL/backupset/2015_06_07/o1_mf_annnn_TAG20150607T173112_bq83v12b_.bkp tag=TAG20150607T173112 comment=NONE
channel ORA_DISK_2: backup set complete, elapsed time: 00:00:01
channel ORA_DISK_2: starting compressed archived log backup set
channel ORA_DISK_2: specifying archived log(s) in backup set
input archived log thread=1 sequence=620 RECID=6 STAMP=881775068
input archived log thread=1 sequence=621 RECID=7 STAMP=881775068
input archived log thread=1 sequence=622 RECID=8 STAMP=881775071
channel ORA_DISK_2: starting piece 1 at 07-JUN-15
channel ORA_DISK_1: finished piece 1 at 07-JUN-15
piece handle=/NEW_FS/oracle/FRA/ORCL/backupset/2015_06_07/o1_mf_annnn_TAG20150607T173112_bq83v10y_.bkp tag=TAG20150607T173112 comment=NONE
channel ORA_DISK_1: backup set complete, elapsed time: 00:00:03
channel ORA_DISK_2: finished piece 1 at 07-JUN-15
piece handle=/NEW_FS/oracle/FRA/ORCL/backupset/2015_06_07/o1_mf_annnn_TAG20150607T173112_bq83v292_.bkp tag=TAG20150607T173112 comment=NONE
channel ORA_DISK_2: backup set complete, elapsed time: 00:00:01
Finished backup at 07-JUN-15

Starting Control File and SPFILE Autobackup at 07-JUN-15
piece handle=/NEW_FS/oracle/FRA/ORCL/autobackup/2015_06_07/o1_mf_s_881775075_bq83v3nr_.bkp comment=NONE
Finished Control File and SPFILE Autobackup at 07-JUN-15

RMAN> 
RMAN> 
Starting backup at 07-JUN-15
using channel ORA_DISK_1
using channel ORA_DISK_2
channel ORA_DISK_1: starting compressed full datafile backup set
channel ORA_DISK_1: specifying datafile(s) in backup set
including current control file in backup set
channel ORA_DISK_1: starting piece 1 at 07-JUN-15
channel ORA_DISK_1: finished piece 1 at 07-JUN-15
piece handle=/NEW_FS/oracle/FRA/ORCL/backupset/2015_06_07/o1_mf_ncnnf_TAG20150607T173117_bq83v6vg_.bkp tag=TAG20150607T173117 comment=NONE
channel ORA_DISK_1: backup set complete, elapsed time: 00:00:01
Finished backup at 07-JUN-15

Starting Control File and SPFILE Autobackup at 07-JUN-15
piece handle=/NEW_FS/oracle/FRA/ORCL/autobackup/2015_06_07/o1_mf_s_881775080_bq83v88z_.bkp comment=NONE
Finished Control File and SPFILE Autobackup at 07-JUN-15

RMAN> 
RMAN> 

Recovery Manager complete.
[oracle@localhost Hemant]$ 

Hmm. There were *three* distinct BACKUP commands in the script file.  The first was BACKUP ... DATABASE ..., the second was BACKUP ... ARCHIVELOG ... and the third was BACKUP ... CURRENT CONTROLFILE.  All three were executed.
Only the first BACKUP execution failed.  The subsequent  two BACKUP commands succeeded.  They were for ArchiveLogs and the Controlfile.
And *yet* the view V$RMAN_BACKUP_JOB_DETAILS shows that I ran  a FULL DATABASE BACKUP that failed.  It tells me nothing about the ArchiveLogs and the ControlFile backups that did succeed !


What if I switch my strategy from using a shell script to an rman script ?

[oracle@localhost Hemant]$ ls -ltr *rmn
-rw-rw-r-- 1 oracle oracle 287 Jun  7 17:41 Backup_DB_plus_ArchLogs.rmn
[oracle@localhost Hemant]$ cat Backup_DB_plus_ArchLogs.rmn
connect target /

spool log to Backup_DB_plus_ArchLogs.TXT

backup as compressed backupset database ;

sql 'alter system switch logfile';
sql 'alter system archive log current' ;

backup as compressed backupset archivelog all;

backup as compressed backupset current controlfile;

exit

[oracle@localhost Hemant]$ 
[oracle@localhost Hemant]$ 
[oracle@localhost Hemant]$ 
[oracle@localhost Hemant]$ rman @Backup_DB_plus_ArchLogs.rmn

Recovery Manager: Release 11.2.0.2.0 - Production on Sun Jun 7 17:42:17 2015

Copyright (c) 1982, 2009, Oracle and/or its affiliates.  All rights reserved.

RMAN> connect target *
2> 
3> spool log to Backup_DB_plus_ArchLogs.TXT
4> 
5> backup as compressed backupset database ;
6> 
7> sql 'alter system switch logfile';
8> sql 'alter system archive log current' ;
9> 
10> backup as compressed backupset archivelog all;
11> 
12> backup as compressed backupset current controlfile;
13> 
14> exit[oracle@localhost Hemant]$ 




SQL> l
  1  select to_char(start_time,'DD-MON HH24:MI') StartTime, to_char(end_time,'DD-MON HH24:MI') EndTime,
  2  input_type, status
  3  from v$rman_backup_job_details
  4  where start_time > trunc(sysdate)+17.5/24
  5* order by start_time
SQL> /

STARTTIME             ENDTIME               INPUT_TYPE    STATUS
--------------------- --------------------- ------------- -----------------------
07-JUN 17:31          07-JUN 17:31          DB FULL       FAILED
07-JUN 17:42          07-JUN 17:42          DB FULL       FAILED

SQL> 

[oracle@localhost Hemant]$ 
[oracle@localhost Hemant]$ cat Backup_DB_plus_ArchLogs.TXT

connected to target database: ORCL (DBID=1229390655)

Spooling started in log file: Backup_DB_plus_ArchLogs.TXT

Recovery Manager11.2.0.2.0

Starting backup at 07-JUN-15
using target database control file instead of recovery catalog
allocated channel: ORA_DISK_1
channel ORA_DISK_1: SID=59 device type=DISK
allocated channel: ORA_DISK_2
channel ORA_DISK_2: SID=50 device type=DISK
RMAN-06169: could not read file header for datafile 6 error reason 4
RMAN-00571: ===========================================================
RMAN-00569: =============== ERROR MESSAGE STACK FOLLOWS ===============
RMAN-00571: ===========================================================
RMAN-03002: failure of backup command at 06/07/2015 17:42:19
RMAN-06056: could not access datafile 6

Recovery Manager complete.
[oracle@localhost Hemant]$ 

Now, this time, once the first BACKUP command failed, RMAN seems to have bailed out. It didn't even try executing the subsequent BACKUP commands !

How can V$RMAN_BACKUP_JOB_DETAILS differentiate from the two failed backups ?

SQL> l
  1  select to_char(start_time,'DD-MON HH24:MI') StartTime, to_char(end_time,'DD-MON HH24:MI') EndTime,
  2  input_bytes/1048576 Input_MB, output_bytes/1048576 Output_MB,
  3  input_type, status
  4  from v$rman_backup_job_details
  5  where start_time > trunc(sysdate)+17.5/24
  6* order by start_time
SQL> /

STARTTIME             ENDTIME                 INPUT_MB  OUTPUT_MB INPUT_TYPE    STATUS
--------------------- --------------------- ---------- ---------- ------------- -----------------------
07-JUN 17:31          07-JUN 17:31          71.5219727  34.878418 DB FULL       FAILED
07-JUN 17:42          07-JUN 17:42                   0          0 DB FULL       FAILED

SQL> 

The Input Bytes does indicate that some files were backed up in the first run. Yet, it doesn't tell us how much of those were ArchiveLogs and how much were the ControlFile.


Question 1 : How would you script your backups ?  (Hint : Differentiate between the BACKUP DATABASE and the BACKUP ARCHIVELOG runs).

Question 2 : Can you improve your Backup Reports ?

Yes, the RMAN LIST BACKUP command is useful.  But you can't select the columns, format the output or add text  as you would with a query on V$ views.

[oracle@localhost oracle]$ NLS_DATE_FORMAT=DD_MON_HH24_MI_SS;export NLS_DATE_FORMAT
[oracle@localhost oracle]$ rman target /

Recovery Manager: Release 11.2.0.2.0 - Production on Sun Jun 7 17:51:41 2015

Copyright (c) 1982, 2009, Oracle and/or its affiliates.  All rights reserved.

connected to target database: ORCL (DBID=1229390655)

RMAN> list backup completed after "trunc(sysdate)+17.5/24";

using target database control file instead of recovery catalog

List of Backup Sets
===================


BS Key  Size       Device Type Elapsed Time Completion Time
------- ---------- ----------- ------------ ---------------
17      375.50K    DISK        00:00:01     07_JUN_17_31_13
        BP Key: 17   Status: AVAILABLE  Compressed: YES  Tag: TAG20150607T173112
        Piece Name: /NEW_FS/oracle/FRA/ORCL/backupset/2015_06_07/o1_mf_annnn_TAG20150607T173112_bq83v12b_.bkp

  List of Archived Logs in backup set 17
  Thrd Seq     Low SCN    Low Time        Next SCN   Next Time
  ---- ------- ---------- --------------- ---------- ---------
  1    616     14068910   07_JUN_17_10_49 14068920   07_JUN_17_10_51
  1    617     14068920   07_JUN_17_10_51 14068931   07_JUN_17_10_53
  1    618     14068931   07_JUN_17_10_53 14069550   07_JUN_17_19_17
  1    619     14069550   07_JUN_17_19_17 14069564   07_JUN_17_19_17

BS Key  Size       Device Type Elapsed Time Completion Time
------- ---------- ----------- ------------ ---------------
18      1.03M      DISK        00:00:00     07_JUN_17_31_14
        BP Key: 18   Status: AVAILABLE  Compressed: YES  Tag: TAG20150607T173112
        Piece Name: /NEW_FS/oracle/FRA/ORCL/backupset/2015_06_07/o1_mf_annnn_TAG20150607T173112_bq83v292_.bkp

  List of Archived Logs in backup set 18
  Thrd Seq     Low SCN    Low Time        Next SCN   Next Time
  ---- ------- ---------- --------------- ---------- ---------
  1    620     14069564   07_JUN_17_19_17 14070254   07_JUN_17_31_08
  1    621     14070254   07_JUN_17_31_08 14070265   07_JUN_17_31_08
  1    622     14070265   07_JUN_17_31_08 14070276   07_JUN_17_31_11

BS Key  Size       Device Type Elapsed Time Completion Time
------- ---------- ----------- ------------ ---------------
19      13.72M     DISK        00:00:02     07_JUN_17_31_14
        BP Key: 19   Status: AVAILABLE  Compressed: YES  Tag: TAG20150607T173112
        Piece Name: /NEW_FS/oracle/FRA/ORCL/backupset/2015_06_07/o1_mf_annnn_TAG20150607T173112_bq83v10y_.bkp

  List of Archived Logs in backup set 19
  Thrd Seq     Low SCN    Low Time        Next SCN   Next Time
  ---- ------- ---------- --------------- ---------- ---------
  1    615     14043833   12_JUN_23_28_21 14068910   07_JUN_17_10_49

BS Key  Type LV Size       Device Type Elapsed Time Completion Time
------- ---- -- ---------- ----------- ------------ ---------------
20      Full    9.36M      DISK        00:00:00     07_JUN_17_31_15
        BP Key: 20   Status: AVAILABLE  Compressed: NO  Tag: TAG20150607T173115
        Piece Name: /NEW_FS/oracle/FRA/ORCL/autobackup/2015_06_07/o1_mf_s_881775075_bq83v3nr_.bkp
  SPFILE Included: Modification time: 07_JUN_17_28_15
  SPFILE db_unique_name: ORCL
  Control File Included: Ckp SCN: 14070285     Ckp time: 07_JUN_17_31_15

BS Key  Type LV Size       Device Type Elapsed Time Completion Time
------- ---- -- ---------- ----------- ------------ ---------------
21      Full    1.05M      DISK        00:00:02     07_JUN_17_31_19
        BP Key: 21   Status: AVAILABLE  Compressed: YES  Tag: TAG20150607T173117
        Piece Name: /NEW_FS/oracle/FRA/ORCL/backupset/2015_06_07/o1_mf_ncnnf_TAG20150607T173117_bq83v6vg_.bkp
  Control File Included: Ckp SCN: 14070306     Ckp time: 07_JUN_17_31_17

BS Key  Type LV Size       Device Type Elapsed Time Completion Time
------- ---- -- ---------- ----------- ------------ ---------------
22      Full    9.36M      DISK        00:00:00     07_JUN_17_31_20
        BP Key: 22   Status: AVAILABLE  Compressed: NO  Tag: TAG20150607T173120
        Piece Name: /NEW_FS/oracle/FRA/ORCL/autobackup/2015_06_07/o1_mf_s_881775080_bq83v88z_.bkp
  SPFILE Included: Modification time: 07_JUN_17_31_18
  SPFILE db_unique_name: ORCL
  Control File Included: Ckp SCN: 14070312     Ckp time: 07_JUN_17_31_20

RMAN> 

So, the RMAN LIST BACKUP can provide details that V$RMAN_BACKUP_JOB_DETAILS cannot provide. Yet, it doesn't tell us that a Backup failed.
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