Archivlogs Expired causes Rman-08138: Warning: Archived Log Not Deleted - Must Create More Backups (Doc ID 1407082.1)

Last updated on OCTOBER 31, 2016

Applies to:

Oracle Database - Enterprise Edition - Version 11.2.0.2 and later
Information in this document applies to any platform.
***Checked for relevance on 08-Jul-2013***

Symptoms


RMAN command " delete archivelog all backed up 2 times to device type sbt;" is not deleting any logs:

RMAN-08138: WARNING: archived log not deleted - must create more backups
archived log file name=C:\APP\DSMEDLEY\FAST_RECOVERY_AREA\T11202\ARCHIVELOG\2011_12_21\O1_MF_1_29_7H3744NJ_.ARC thread=1 sequence=29
RMAN-08138: WARNING: archived log not deleted - must create more backups
archived log file name=C:\APP\DSMEDLEY\FAST_RECOVERY_AREA\T11202\ARCHIVELOG\2012_01_05\O1_MF_1_30_7JCPL0MK_.ARC thread=1 sequence=30
RMAN-08138: WARNING: archived log not deleted - must create more backups
...etc


Yet each log listed has indeed been backed up to tape at least twice.

Cause

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