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RMAN cold backups continued

From: Paul Baumgartel <>
Date: Wed, 15 Aug 2001 08:02:48 -0700
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Thanks to everyone who replied yesterday. It appears I had already been on the right track, as I did attempt backups with the database in noarchivelog mode and mounted but not open.

Hot backups, with DB in archivelog mode, worked fine. However, cold backups, performed in the manner stated above, fail (see below) with errors mentioning "database keyword" and "character set". This is Oracle 9.0.1 on Solaris. I'll appreciate any ideas; thanks!

Paul Baumgartel
MortgageSight Holdings, LLC

RMAN> shutdown immediate

2> startup mount
3> run {
4>             allocate channel t1 type disk;
5>             backup incremental level 0
6>                format '/dbbackup/%d/t%t_s%s_p%p'
7>                database
8>                ;
9>             release channel t1;

10> }
11> exit
database closed
database dismounted
Oracle instance shut down  

connected to target database (not started) Oracle instance started
database mounted  

Total System Global Area 235701300 bytes  

Fixed Size                      279604 bytes
Variable Size                167772160 bytes
Database Buffers              67108864 bytes
Redo Buffers                    540672 bytes

using target database controlfile instead of recovery catalog allocated channel: t1
channel t1: sid=10 devtype=DISK  

Starting backup at 15-AUG-01
released channel: t1

RMAN-00571: ===========================================================
RMAN-00569: =============== ERROR MESSAGE STACK FOLLOWS ===============
RMAN-00571: ===========================================================
RMAN-00579: the following error occurred at 08/15/2001 08:57:33
RMAN-03002: failure during compilation of command
RMAN-03013: command type: backup
RMAN-06003: ORACLE error from target database: ORA-06550: line 1, column 166:
PLS-00553: character set name is not recognized ORA-06550: line 0, column 0:
PL/SQL: Compilation unit analysis terminated RMAN-06031: could not translate database keyword  

Recovery Manager complete.

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Author: Paul Baumgartel

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