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RMAN is Not Deleting Older Backups Misconception (Doc ID 2309965.1)

Last updated on MAY 15, 2020

Applies to:

Oracle Database - Enterprise Edition - Version and later
Oracle Database Cloud Schema Service - Version N/A and later
Oracle Database Exadata Express Cloud Service - Version N/A and later
Gen 1 Exadata Cloud at Customer (Oracle Exadata Database Cloud Machine) - Version N/A and later
Oracle Cloud Infrastructure - Database Service - Version N/A and later
Information in this document applies to any platform.


NOTE: In the images and/or the document content below, the user information and environment data used represents fictitious data from the Oracle sample schema(s), Public Documentation delivered with an Oracle database product or other training material. Any similarity to actual environments, actual persons, living or dead, is purely coincidental and not intended in any manner.

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

Database Name: FOO
Disk Group: +DATA_XDA5


What is the Issue?

Can you please help to understand and resolve why RMAN is not deleting older backups? This is issue is observed in both primary and ADG.

Recently we have moved to new RMAN catalog and as well as we upgraded in primary to Jan2017 patch level.

We want to keep RECOVERY WINDOW OF 8 DAYS. However I see that we are having RMAN files from 5/8. It was very clean till we moved to new RMAN catalog. Looks like since move to new catalog is what we are seeing issue - looks like timewise.


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