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Manual recovery after instance crash or shutdown abort requests non-existent archivelog (Doc ID 1527459.1)

Last updated on DECEMBER 19, 2019

Applies to:

Oracle Database - Enterprise Edition - Version 10.1.0.2 to 11.2.0.2.0 [Release 10.1 to 11.2]
Oracle Database Cloud Schema Service - Version N/A and later
Oracle Database Exadata Cloud Machine - Version N/A and later
Oracle Cloud Infrastructure - Database Service - Version N/A and later
Oracle Database Backup Service - Version N/A and later
Generic (Platform Independent)

Symptoms

 

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For the purposes of this document, the following fictitious environment is used as an example to describe the procedure:

Database Name: ORCL
Diskgroup Names: +FRA

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This issue can occur for databases both in ARCHIVELOG and NOARCHIVELOG mode.

After an instance crash or SHUTDOWN ABORT a simple restart is all that is needed to allow instance recovery to take place and recover from the current online redolog.

If however the instance is MOUNTED and recovery is done manual you could find , depending on how the recovery is done , that Oracle requests an archivelog that does not yet exist.

The alert log shows the following:

 

Completed: ALTER DATABASE MOUNT
Thu Feb 07 15:59:02 2013
Thu Feb 07 15:59:40 2013
ALTER DATABASE RECOVER database until CANCEL
Media Recovery Start
 started logmerger process
Parallel Media Recovery started with 4 slaves
ORA-279 signalled during: ALTER DATABASE RECOVER database until CANCEL ...
ALTER DATABASE RECOVER CONTINUE DEFAULT
Media Recovery Log +FRA/orcl/archivelog/ORCL_806768403_1_18.arc
Thu Feb 07 15:59:45 2013
Errors with log +FRA/orcl/archivelog/orcl_806768403_1_18.arc
Errors in file /<path>/trace/ORCL_pr00_23841.trc:
ORA-00308: cannot open archived log '+FRA/orcl/archivelog/orcl_806768403_1_18.arc'
ORA-17503: ksfdopn:2 Failed to open file +FRA/orcl/archivelog/orcl_806768403_1_18.arc
ORA-15173: entry 'orcl_806768403_1_18.arc' does not exist in directory 'archivelog'
ORA-308 signalled during: ALTER DATABASE RECOVER CONTINUE DEFAULT ...

 
The requested archived redolog does not yet exist because it is the current online redolog that is yet to be archived.

Cause

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