rman is clever

December 9, 2008 [oracle]

Well, sort of. Today, after patching one of my oracle database server against a migration issue that prevented it from shutting down clean. I finally managed to run the magic command:

alter database archivelog;

That would enable me to backup the database. Unfortunately, the disk space on this server is too low to allow two full backups of the database. I wanted to delete the old backup before doing the new one in rman but rman is too clever: You cannot delete the last remaining backup! I now have to find larger disks.

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I am Pierre Baillet, senior software engineer. I write here mostly on computers and code, games, life and server stuff.