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

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RC_DATABASE_INCARNATION

This view lists information about all database incarnations registered in the recovery catalog. Oracle creates a new incarnation whenever you open a database with the RESETLOGS option. Records about the current and immediately previous incarnation are also contained in the V$DATABASE view.

Column Datatype Description
DB_KEY NUMBER The primary key for the database. Use this column to join with almost any other catalog view.
DBID NUMBER Unique identifier for the database.
DBINC_KEY NUMBER The primary key for the incarnation.
NAME VARCHAR2(8) The DB_NAME for the database at the time of the RESETLOGS. The value is UNKNOWN if you have done at least one RESETLOGS before registering the target database with RMAN, because RMAN does not know the DB_NAME prior to the RESETLOGS.
RESETLOGS_CHANGE# NUMBER The SCN of the RESETLOGS operation that created this incarnation.
RESETLOGS_TIME DATE The time stamp of the RESETLOGS operation that created this incarnation.
CURRENT_INCARNATION VARCHAR2(3) YES if it is the current incarnation; NO if it is not.
PARENT_DBINC_KEY NUMBER The DBINC_KEY of the previous incarnation for this database. The value is NULL if it is the first incarnation recorded for the database.
PRIOR_RESETLOGS_CHANGE# NUMBER The SCN of the RESETLOGS operation that created the parent of this incarnation.
PRIOR_RESETLOGS_TIME DATE The time stamp of the RESETLOGS operation that created the parent of this incarnation.
STATUS VARCHAR2(8) CURRENT if this incarnation is the current database incarnation. PARENT if this is a noncurrent incarnation that is a direct ancestor of the current incarnation. ORPHAN if this is a noncurrent incarnation that is not a direct ancestor of the current incarnation.