Transient files in the FRA

From: John Hallas <>
Date: Thu, 4 Dec 2014 13:51:40 +0000
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We have had several instances where space appears to be reclaimable in the FRA and yet the database has hung because it has run out of space. I am looking to try and write a standard operating procedure that covers what we do when FRA is alerted as running out of space and how we ensure that the reclaimable space in the FRA is actually really going to be used.

The following rules govern when files become eligible for deletion from the recovery area:

  • Permanent files (files used by the database instance. Control file , Online Redo log files) are never eligible for deletion.
  • Files that are obsolete under the retention policy are eligible for deletion.
  • Transient files (All files that are not permanent are transient. Archived redo log, Foreign archived redo log, Image copies of datafiles , Backup pieces, Flashback logs) that have been copied to tape are eligible for deletion.
  • Archived redo logs are not eligible for deletion until all the consumers of the logs have satisfied their requirements.

I am interested in what consumers of the log files might be in point 4. Situations I can think of is if GoldenGate has a long-running transaction which it think might still need an old log file (the system where the situation occurred does have GG extracting and forwarding on transactions but we have bnot integrated it with RMAN) or if a LogMiner session is running. I am not sure I can think of any other situations. Obviously the RMAN retention policy manages when files become obsolete but they will not show

Can anybody assist?



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