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Last updated on JULY 04, 2023

Applies to:

Oracle Database - Enterprise Edition - Version and later
Oracle Database Exadata Cloud Machine - Version N/A and later
Oracle Cloud Infrastructure - Database Service - Version N/A and later
Oracle Database Exadata Express Cloud Service - Version N/A and later
Oracle Database Cloud Exadata Service - Version N/A and later
Information in this document applies to any platform.
Applies to databases release 10g and later


Starting with 10g, it's possible to use the rman CATALOG command to add backuppieces stored in disk to the rman repository.

You may need  to catalog backup pieces in the following situations:

  • You copy or move a backup piece with an operating system utility and want it to be usable by RMAN.

  • The RMAN metadata for the backup piece was removed, but the backup piece still exists. This situation can occur if you ran the DELETE command on a backup piece that was only temporarily unavailable.

  • You make a NOCATALOG backup on one database host in a Data Guard environment and move the backup piece to the same location on a different database host. In this case, the recovery catalog has no record of the original backup piece.

  • You do not use a recovery catalog and must re-create the control file, thereby losing all RMAN repository data. Cataloging your backups makes them available again.

  • When control file autobackup is disabled, you back up the control file and then back up the archived redo logs. You can restore and mount the control file, but must catalog the backup pieces containing the archived redo logs backed up after the control file.

But it's not possible to use the CATALOG command for backup pieces stored in TAPE.  This note explains how to add backuppieces stored in TAPE to the repository


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