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RMAN on Linux made easy with our downloadable scripts

RMAN is the obvious choice for performing hot backups and managing the flash recovery area but the plethora of options go well beyond a basic “backup database” command.  Rather than starting from scratch with scripting, adding options one at a time, and going through several cycles of needless debugging, why not use our Linux bash script and accompanying cross-platform RMAN command file complete with error handling and comments.  The RMAN command file works like a template, making it easy to activate the options you want and remove the one you don’t.  The embedded comments help to clarify your backup strategy and serve as a training tool.  If you’re not totally comfortable with RMAN yet these scripts will get you there in a jiffy.

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