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Redo log switching tips

Oracle Database Tips by Donald BurlesonFebruary 3, 2015

How do I force a redo log switch.  I need a script to see when my redo logs are switching and I want to know the command to make Oracle switch log files.


Answer:  To switch the log file, simply issues the alter system switch logfile command.

Oracle provides data dictionary views for the online redo logs as seen in this table:

   v$log - Lists information about each member of each online redo log group.

   v$logfile - Provides redo log file name information

If you query v$log, you will see information about each redo log group, including the size of each member and how many members in each log group. Most importantly, you can find out which log group is the CURRENT redo log group. Remember the alter system switch logfile command in the case that you want to change it.

Here is a dictionary query to display the redo logs switching by date and time.  Please see the Oracle script collection for a complete set of redo log scripts:

set lines 120;
set pages 999;
select substr(time,1,5) day,
to_char(sum(decode(substr(time,10,2),'00',1,0)),'99') "00",
to_char(sum(decode(substr(time,10,2),'01',1,0)),'99') "01",
to_char(sum(decode(substr(time,10,2),'02',1,0)),'99') "02",
to_char(sum(decode(substr(time,10,2),'03',1,0)),'99') "03",
to_char(sum(decode(substr(time,10,2),'04',1,0)),'99') "04",
to_char(sum(decode(substr(time,10,2),'05',1,0)),'99') "05",
to_char(sum(decode(substr(time,10,2),'06',1,0)),'99') "06",
to_char(sum(decode(substr(time,10,2),'07',1,0)),'99') "07",
to_char(sum(decode(substr(time,10,2),'08',1,0)),'99') "08",
to_char(sum(decode(substr(time,10,2),'09',1,0)),'99') "09",
to_char(sum(decode(substr(time,10,2),'10',1,0)),'99') "10",
to_char(sum(decode(substr(time,10,2),'11',1,0)),'99') "11",
to_char(sum(decode(substr(time,10,2),'12',1,0)),'99') "12",
to_char(sum(decode(substr(time,10,2),'13',1,0)),'99') "13",
to_char(sum(decode(substr(time,10,2),'14',1,0)),'99') "14",
to_char(sum(decode(substr(time,10,2),'15',1,0)),'99') "15",
to_char(sum(decode(substr(time,10,2),'16',1,0)),'99') "16",
to_char(sum(decode(substr(time,10,2),'17',1,0)),'99') "17",
to_char(sum(decode(substr(time,10,2),'18',1,0)),'99') "18",
to_char(sum(decode(substr(time,10,2),'19',1,0)),'99') "19",
to_char(sum(decode(substr(time,10,2),'20',1,0)),'99') "20",
to_char(sum(decode(substr(time,10,2),'21',1,0)),'99') "21",
to_char(sum(decode(substr(time,10,2),'22',1,0)),'99') "22",
to_char(sum(decode(substr(time,10,2),'23',1,0)),'99') "23"
from v$log_history
group by substr(time,1,5);


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