RE: How does one manually corrupt a database (database file, redo logs and backups)

 
>>>echo "<somewhat string>" >> oracle_file
>>>
>>>This should alter the file offset (I don't know if this is 
>>>the correct technical term) for every binary file and thus 
>>>making it corrupted towards and Oracle db.
>>>The command should also work for both unix and windows.

try it, I doubt it..appending junk at the end of a datafile might
not cause any headache until the next autoextend...

Again, I'm only saying I doubt it...I haven't tested otherwise.

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