This document describes how to use the Oracle Database utilities for data transfer, data maintenance, and database administration. The preface contains these topics:
Oracle Database Utilities is intended for database administrators (DBAs), application programmers, security administrators, system operators, and other Oracle users who perform the following tasks:
Archive data, back up an Oracle database, or move data between Oracle databases using the Export and Import utilities (both the original versions and the Data Pump versions)
Load data into Oracle tables from operating system files using SQL*Loader or from external sources using the external tables feature
Perform a physical data structure integrity check on an offline database, using the DBVERIFY utility
Maintain the internal database identifier (DBID) and the database name (DBNAME) for an operational database, using the DBNEWID utility
Extract and manipulate complete representations of the metadata for database objects, using the Metadata API
Query and analyze redo log files (through a SQL interface) using the LogMiner utility
To use this manual, you need a working knowledge of SQL and Oracle fundamentals, information that is contained in Oracle Database Concepts. In addition, SQL*Loader requires that you know how to use the file management facilities of your operating system.
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