V$DATABASE_BLOCK_CORRUPTION displays information about database blocks that were corrupted after the last backup.

Column Datatype Description
FILE# NUMBER Absolute file number of the datafile that contains the corrupt blocks
BLOCK# NUMBER Block number of the first corrupt block in the range of corrupted blocks
BLOCKS NUMBER Number of corrupted blocks found starting with BLOCK#
CORRUPTION_CHANGE# NUMBER Change number at which the logical corruption was detected. Set to 0 to indicate media corruption.
CORRUPTION_TYPE VARCHAR2(9) Type of block corruption in the datafile:
  • ALL ZERO - Block header on disk contained only zeros. The block may be valid if it was never filled and if it is in an Oracle7 file. The buffer will be reformatted to the Oracle8 standard for an empty block.

  • FRACTURED - Block header looks reasonable, but the front and back of the block are different versions.

  • CHECKSUM - optional check value shows that the block is not self-consistent. It is impossible to determine exactly why the check value fails, but it probably fails because sectors in the middle of the block are from different versions.

  • CORRUPT - Block is wrongly identified or is not a data block (for example, the data block address is missing)

  • LOGICAL - Block is logically corrupt

  • NOLOGGING - Block does not have redo log entries (for example, NOLOGGING operations on primary database can introduce this type of corruption on a physical standby)