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How to remove an expired backupset with RMAN

Oracle Database Tips by Donald BurlesonDecember 29,  2015


Question:  I got this error in my RMAN log:

RMAN-03002: failure of backup plus archivelog command at 12/28/2008 21:00:32

RMAN-06059: expected archived log not found, lost of archived log compromises re coverability ORA-19625: error identifying file /data/fsdr/arch01/FSDR_1_9596_620302142.arc

ORA-27037: unable to obtain file status IBM AIX RISC System/6000 Error: 2: A file or directory in the path name does not exist.

I've checked and found out that such archivelog is available, but a crosscheck command show me that file is inaccessible.  What the best variant for getting rid of expired file in RMAN:

delete noprompt expired archivelog all;

delete noprompt expired backupset;

Answer by Steve Callan:  The list command/report is basically a record of what took place/where things are, and crosscheck does a physical check. Sounds like you are missing the backup piece. The arch file may be expired, but how was it deleted (since the message indicates a missing physical file, not logical info)? You can un-catalog the file to clear the error, but remember, your backup chain is broken from that point forward (i.e., make sure you have a valid backup going forward).

"The LIST command displays the same files that the CROSSCHECK and DELETE commands operate on. Consequently, you can issue LIST to see what is in the repository, and then run CROSSCHECK to ensure that these files exist on disk or tape."

Most commands perform an implicit resync anyway. The status can be expired, but that doesn't excuse or clear it from being physically present.

Also see these important notes on the RMAN-06059 error and using the RMAN crosscheck command.




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