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Oracle® Database Backup and Recovery Reference
11g Release 1 (11.1)

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UNREGISTER

Purpose

Use the UNREGISTER command to remove the RMAN metadata for one or more registered databases from the recovery catalog.

See Also:

DROP DATABASE to learn how to delete a database and unregister it with one command

Prerequisites

Execute this command only at the RMAN prompt. RMAN must be connected to a recovery catalog. The database that you want to unregister must be currently registered in this catalog.

Syntax

unregister::=

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Semantics

Syntax Element Description
DATABASE Specifies a primary database to be unregistered. RMAN unregisters the primary database as well as any of its associated standby databases (see Example 2-153).

If database_name is not specified, then RMAN must identify the database in one of the following ways:

  • If RMAN is connected to a database as TARGET, then RMAN unregisters the target database and any associated standby databases.

  • If RMAN is not connected to a database as TARGET, or if the name of the TARGET database is not unique in the recovery catalog, then RMAN uses the value specified in the SET DBID command (see Example 2-154). RMAN unregisters all databases with this DBID.

   database_name Specifies the name of the primary database that you are unregistering.

This database name must be unique in the recovery catalog. Because the database name is unique, RMAN does not need to be connected to a target database or use the SET DBID command.


DB_UNIQUE_NAME
db_unique_name
Specifies the removal of all metadata except backup metadata for the Data Guard database specified by db_unique_name.

The specified database can be either a primary or standby database, although typically you use this clause to unregister a standby database (see Example 2-155).

You can use this clause only when RMAN is connected to a mounted or open target database or the SET DBID command has been run. Typically, the target database is not the database that you are unregistering. For example, you can connect as TARGET to prod1 and use DB_UNIQUE_NAME to unregister standby1. Note that the DBID used in SET DBID is the same for the primary database and its associated standby databases.

The backups of a database have the DB_UNIQUE_NAME associated with the backup file names in the recovery catalog. When a database is unregistered, the database name for these backup files is marked as null. You can associate a database name with these files by using the CHANGE ... RESET DB_UNIQUE_NAME command.

   INCLUDING BACKUPS Specifies that backup metadata should also be removed for the database specified by db_unique_name.

Note: Physical backups will not be deleted by the UNREGISTER command. If you want the physical backups removed, then first remove them with the DELETE command and then execute UNREGISTER with the INCLUDING BACKUPS option.

   NOPROMPT Does not prompt for confirmation before unregistering the database.

Example

Example 2-153 Unregistering a Primary Database and Its Standby Databases

Assume that primary database prod has associated standby databases dgprod3 and dgprod4. In this example, you connect RMAN to target database prod, whose database name is unique in the recovery catalog, and unregister it. RMAN removes all metadata about prod, dgprod3, and dgprod4 from the catalog. Sample output is included.

RMAN> CONNECT TARGET /

connected to target database: PROD (DBID=1627709917)

RMAN> CONNECT CATALOG rman@catdb

recovery catalog database Password: password
connected to recovery catalog database

RMAN> UNREGISTER DATABASE NOPROMPT;
 
database name is "PROD" and DBID is 1627709917
database unregistered from the recovery catalog
 
RMAN> LIST DB_UNIQUE_NAME ALL;

RMAN>

Example 2-154 Unregistering a Database That is Not Unique in Catalog

Assume that two databases registered in a recovery catalog have the name prod. Your goal is to unregister the prod database that has the DBID 28014364. Because multiple databases called prod are registered in the recovery catalog, and because RMAN is not connected as TARGET to the 28014364 database (which has already been deleted from the file system), you run SET DBID before UNREGISTER DATABASE. This example includes sample output.

RMAN> CONNECT CATALOG rman@catdb

recovery catalog database Password: password
connected to recovery catalog database

RMAN> SET DBID 28014364;

executing command: SET DBID
database name is "PROD" and DBID is 28014364
 
RMAN> UNREGISTER DATABASE;

Do you really want to unregister the database (enter YES or NO)? YES
database unregistered from the recovery catalog

Example 2-155 Unregistering a Standby Database

Assume that primary database prod has associated standby databases dgprod3 and dgprod4. You want to unregister dgprod4, but not remove the metadata for backups taken on this database because these backups are still usable by other databases in the environment. This example uses SET DBID to specify the DBID of the standby database and then unregisters it (sample output included):

RMAN> CONNECT CATALOG rman@catdb

recovery catalog database Password: password
connected to recovery catalog database

RMAN> SET DBID 1627367554;

executing command: SET DBID
database name is "PROD" and DBID is 1627367554

RMAN>  UNREGISTER DB_UNIQUE_NAME dgprod4;

database db_unique_name is "dgprod4", db_name is "PROD" and DBID is 1627367554

Want to unregister the database with target db_unique_name (enter YES or NO)? YES
database with db_unique_name dgprod4 unregistered from the recovery catalog