Re: Background to the "Why I Don't Like" Threads

From: Andy Klock <>
Date: Thu, 12 Dec 2013 14:49:49 -0500
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On Thu, Dec 12, 2013 at 1:16 PM, Steve Harville <> wrote:
> All my backup scripts explicitly set the RMAN parameters using configure. I
> never expect that those settings are consistent from one backup to the next.

Speaking of things we don't like, I have a love hate relationship with CONFIGURE. In some single DBA shops it probably doesn't matter so much, but when there are several cooks then I find CONFIGURE doing more damage than good. I like CONFIGURE because it makes the RMAN backup command really easy, "BACKUP DATABASE;". But as soon as someone else calls CONFIGURE behind my back, I may have unintended results the next time around.

For a script analogy, I liken CONFIGURE, which persists that parameter setting in the controlfile, to physically updating .profile to run a script. But typically when writing scripts (i.e. bash), we usually only set the environment variables for calling session. This can be done similarly in RMAN with the SET command, but for some reason I see more CONFIGUREs than SETs.

Welcome back Dave.


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