I've never seen this before, but I did my 10.2 upgrade via exp/imp. Have you tried running a 10046 trace on the rman processes in the database? I'm curious what that would show. Regards, Brandon Privileged/Confidential Information may be contained in this message or attachments hereto. Please advise immediately if you or your employer do not consent to Internet email for messages of this kind. Opinions, conclusions and other information in this message that do not relate to the official business of this company shall be understood as neither given nor endorsed by it.