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Backup and Recovery Reference is intended for database administrators who perform the following tasks:

  • Use Recovery Manager (RMAN) to back up, restore, and recover Oracle databases

  • Perform maintenance on RMAN backups of database files

To use this document, you must know the following:

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Many of the examples in this book use the sample schemas of the seed database, which is installed by default when you install Oracle. Refer to Oracle Database Sample Schemas for information on how these schemas were created and how you can use them yourself.


The text in this reference adheres to the following conventions:

  • UPPERCASE monospace

    RMAN keywords, SQL keywords, column headings in tables and views, and initialization parameters.

  • lowercase monospace

    Variable text in RMAN examples.

  • italics

    RMAN or SQL placeholders, that is, text that should not be entered as is, but represents a value to be entered by the user.

See Also:

About RMAN Commands for more information about RMAN conventions