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.