Thursday, September 18, 2014


I was reading through an old book recently and it said that you could not put a tablespace into hot backup mode if the database was in NOARCHIVELOG mode. This seemed reasonable to me but I wondered what might happen if you tried to do this so I ran the following SQL in an Oracle 11.2 database:  

SQL> l
  1* alter tablespace users begin backup
SQL> /
alter tablespace users begin backup
ERROR at line 1:
ORA-01123: cannot start online backup; media recovery
not enabled

If this happens to you, you have two choices:
  •  Don't do it again OR
  • Put the database into ARCHIVELOG mode first.
I hope to be doing some more serious posts about hot backup and recovery in the near future.

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