From: Roger Xu <>
Date: Fri, 11 Dec 2009 16:13:14 -0600
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"it eliminates the need to write scripts to manage and delete old archivelogs and backups, ...." - with RMAN retention policy and "delete obsolete", I think one can easily manage and delete old archivelogs and backups without FRA. Am I correct? Thanks, Roger Xu

On Fri, Dec 11, 2009 at 1:25 PM, Jeremiah Wilton <>wrote:

> I guess I am a pretty big fan of using the FRA in 10.2 and 11.x for
> backups. Configured correctly, it eliminates the need to write scripts to
> manage and delete old archivelogs and backups, since the oldest files get
> deleted to make space for new files when the FRA reaches 100%. With backup
> optimization on, the subsequent backup from disk to tape via a MML is
> greatly reduced in size. Overall, it replaces a lot of home-grown scripting
> and management we have all developed over the years. You don't have to mark
> anything obsolete or delete via RMAN if it is configured correctly. Set up
> right, it is "Self-managing."
> My biggest complaint about the FRA is that you cannot archive directly into
> compressed backupsets. So if you use the FRA as your log_archive_dest_n,
> the archivelogs can take up comparatively more space than database backups.
> Regards,
> Jeremiah Wilton
> Blue Gecko, Inc.
> On Dec 11, 2009, at 7:23 AM, Allen, Brandon wrote:
> Jay, I would say there isn't much point in using an FRA unless you want to
>> use it for Flashback Database, or if you want to use it to segregate
>> backup/archivelog space between multiple databases running on the same file
>> system, or you want to use the "backup recovery area" command in order to
>> manage subsequent backups from disk to tape.
>> If you haven't already, I'd suggest searching MOS for "flash recovery
>> area" and reading some of the articles on "benefits" and managing space
>> issues, (e.g. 315098.1). Make sure you understand the part about not just
>> clearing files at the OS level - you have to delete them through RMAN, or
>> crosscheck them after deleting at the OS, in order to make the space
>> available for other files again.
> --

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