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RMAN delete archived redo log files

Oracle Database Tips by Donald BurlesonMay 30, 2015


Question:  I have been backing-up my archived redo log files bit the files are not being removed from the archived redo log directory.  What is the RMAN command to delete archived redo log files after they have been backed-up?



Answer:  In RMAN there is no need to manually go to the OS and delete archived redo log files after they have been backed up, RMAN will do this for you. 

You can use the "delete all input" or "delete input" commands to delete archived redo log files after they have been backed-up.

Be careful using the "delete all" command because this deletes all archived redo logs files from all archived redo log file destimations.

For example, Oracle docs offer this example of the difference between "delete all input" and "delete input":

"Assume that you archive to /arc_dest1, /arc_dest2, and /arc_dest3, and you run the following command:


In this case RMAN backs up only one copy of each log sequence number in these directories, and then deletes all copies of any log that it backed up from the archiving destinations. If you had specified DELETE INPUT rather than DELETE ALL INPUT, then RMAN would only delete the specific archived redo log files that it backed up (for example, it would delete the archived redo log files in /arc_dest1 if those were the files used as the source of the backup, but it would leave the contents of the /arc_dest2 and /arc_dest3 intact) ."

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