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11g Release 1 (11.1)

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Viewing Information About the Archived Redo Log

You can display information about the archived redo log using dynamic performance views or the ARCHIVE LOG LIST command.

This section contains the following topics:

Archived Redo Logs Views

Several dynamic performance views contain useful information about archived redo logs, as summarized in the following table.

Dynamic Performance View Description
V$DATABASE Shows if the database is in ARCHIVELOG or NOARCHIVELOG mode and if MANUAL (archiving mode) has been specified.
V$ARCHIVED_LOG Displays historical archived log information from the control file. If you use a recovery catalog, the RC_ARCHIVED_LOG view contains similar information.
V$ARCHIVE_DEST Describes the current instance, all archive destinations, and the current value, mode, and status of these destinations.
V$ARCHIVE_PROCESSES Displays information about the state of the various archive processes for an instance.
V$BACKUP_REDOLOG Contains information about any backups of archived logs. If you use a recovery catalog, the RC_BACKUP_REDOLOG contains similar information.
V$LOG Displays all redo log groups for the database and indicates which need to be archived.
V$LOG_HISTORY Contains log history information such as which logs have been archived and the SCN range for each archived log.

For example, the following query displays which redo log group requires archiving:

SELECT GROUP#, ARCHIVED
   FROM SYS.V$LOG;

GROUP#     ARC
--------   ---
       1   YES
       2   NO

To see the current archiving mode, query the V$DATABASE view:

SELECT LOG_MODE FROM SYS.V$DATABASE;

LOG_MODE
------------
NOARCHIVELOG

See Also:

Oracle Database Reference for detailed descriptions of dynamic performance views

The ARCHIVE LOG LIST Command

The SQL*Plus command ARCHIVE LOG LIST displays archiving information for the connected instance. For example:

SQL> ARCHIVE LOG LIST

Database log mode              Archive Mode
Automatic archival             Enabled
Archive destination            D:\oracle\oradata\IDDB2\archive
Oldest online log sequence     11160
Next log sequence to archive   11163
Current log sequence           11163

This display tells you all the necessary information regarding the archived redo log settings for the current instance:

  • The database is currently operating in ARCHIVELOG mode.

  • Automatic archiving is enabled.

  • The archived redo log destination is D:\oracle\oradata\IDDB2\archive.

  • The oldest filled redo log group has a sequence number of 11160.

  • The next filled redo log group to archive has a sequence number of 11163.

  • The current redo log file has a sequence number of 11163.

See Also:

SQL*Plus User's Guide and Reference for more information on the ARCHIVE LOG LIST command