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Effect of Supplemental Logging on LogMiner with Example (Doc ID 750198.1)

Last updated on JULY 04, 2023

Applies to:

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Supplemental Logging :

Redo log files are generally used for instance recovery and media recovery. The data needed for such operations is automatically recorded in the redo log files. However, a redo-based application may require that additional columns be logged in the redo log files. The process of logging these additional columns is called supplemental logging. Also other actions may depend on supplemental logging, e.g. DataPump import (impdp) uses either "Direct_Path" or "External_Table" mode for loading depending on supplemental logging (See <Note 552424.1>).

Please refer to the following documentation for Utilities, which mentions two important points regarding Supplemental Logging.  727633.1

1) You must enable supplemental logging prior to generating log files that will be analyzed by LogMiner.

When you enable supplemental logging, additional information is recorded in the redo stream that is needed to make the information in the redo log files useful to you. Therefore, at the very least, you must enable minimal supplemental logging, as the following SQL statement shows:


To determine whether supplemental logging is enabled, query the V$DATABASE view, as the following SQL statement shows:


If the query returns a value of YES or IMPLICIT, minimal supplemental logging is enabled.

You can turn off Supplemental Logging by following command.


2) By default, Oracle Database does not provide any supplemental logging, which means that by default LogMiner is not usable.

Let us take an example of this, which is using Online Catalog option for logminer dictionary.

Part A : Shows result from V$LOGMNR_CONTENTS when supplemental logging  is turned OFF (default option )

Part B : Shows result from V$LOGMNR_CONTENTS when supplemental logging is turned ON.



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