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This guide describes how to use and manage the Oracle7 Enterprise Backup Utility (EBU).

The topics covered in this preface are:


Users are assumed to have a fundamental knowledge of the operating system on which they are running their Oracle7 system. This guide does not document features of the local operating system, except as they affect or are affected by Enterprise Backup Utility.

Additional Reading

If you are unfamiliar with the Oracle database management system, read Chapter 1, "Introduction to the Oracle Server", in Oracle7 Server Concepts before reading this document. You should also read the backup and recovery chapters of the Oracle7 Server Administrator's Guide.

Document Conventions

Conventions used in this document differ somewhat from those used in other Oracle documentation. Because some operating systems are case-sensitive, commands and filenames are shown in boldface type, rather than uppercase letters.

Full and Partial Backups

The Oracle7 Server Administrator's Guide and Oracle7 Server Concepts use the terms "full backup" and "partial backup" to describe backup methods. Table 0-1, "Terminology Mapping"maps these terms to the terms used in this manual.

Table 0-1 Terminology Mapping
Enterprise Backup Utility
Administrator's Guide
Oracle Server

offline database




online database




online <subset>




Type Conventions

The following type conventions are used in this manual:

Table 0-2 Type Conventions



Boldface type indicates commands, directory names, pathnames, and filenames (for example, the prefs.ora file).


brackets [ ]


Words enclosed in brackets indicate the names of keyboard keys (for example, Press [Return]).




Italic type indicates a variable and is used for emphasis. It also indicates variable portions of filenames (for example, sgadefx.dbf).




Uppercase letters indicate SQL commands and environment variables.


Command Syntax

Commands examples appear in monospace font. Enter information precisely as it appears. Following are the syntax conventions for commands:

Table 0-3 Command Syntax

backslash \


A backslash indicates a command line that is too long to fit on the printed page. Either enter the line as printed (with a backslash) or enter it as a single line without a backslash.


braces { }


Braces indicate required items.

.DEFINE {macro1}


brackets [ ]


Brackets indicate optional items.

cvtcrt termname [outfile]


ellipses ...


Ellipses indicates an arbitrary number of similar items.

CHKVAL fieldname value1 value2 ... valueN




Italic type indicates a variable. Substitute a value for the variable.



vertical line |


A vertical line indicates a choice within braces or brackets.

SIZE filesize [K|M]



The following notes appear in printed documentation.


This type of note is used to give general information.


A caution is used to warn about the possibility of minor damage.


A warning describes a threat to life or the possibility of major equipment or material damage.

Additional Information:

This note is used to describe reference material on a given topic.

Other Conventions

The term "Oracle7 Server" refers to the database server product from Oracle Corporation.

The term "oracle" refers to an executable by that name.

The term "oracle" refers to the owner of the Oracle software.

Technical Support Information

(Please copy this page and distribute within your organization as necessary.)

Oracle Worldwide Support Services (OWSS) can be reached at the following numbers. The hours are detailed in your support contract.

In the USA: Telephone: 1.415.506.1500

In Europe: Telephone: +44 1344 860160

In Asia: Telephone: +61 3.924.6060

Please prepare the following information before you call, using this page as a checklist:


Keep in mind what did not happen, as well as what did happen. This type of information can help OWSS to more quickly resolve your problem.

For installation-related problems, please have the following additional information available:

Documentation Sales and Client Relations

In the United States:

In the United Kingdom:

Other European customers, please contact your local Oracle Support office for documentation or shipping inquiries.

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