Back to the original topic -- it wasn't a question so much as a statement: Them: "I've been reading and exports take up less space than backups, so we'll do those instead. Oh, and shut off this archivelog stuff, that will save disk space." Me: "You can't do point-in-time recovery if I shut off archive logging and only perform exports." Them: "Why not? You do the export at the end of the day and we're good." Me: "That won't capture batch-processed data." Them: "We can rerun the batch. Do as I ask." I did. Several weeks later a hardware failure lost the database and they could only restore from the most recent export and, as expected, the batch jobs needed to be rerun and all user transactions had to be re-entered. The RCA revealed the above conversation. You can guess who remained and who didn't. David Fitzjarrell From: Marco Gralike <Marco.Gralike@xxxxxxx> To: "Stephens, Chris" <Chris.Stephens@xxxxxxx>; "andrew.kerber@xxxxxxxxx" <andrew.kerber@xxxxxxxxx>; Oracle-L <oracle-l@xxxxxxxxxxxxx> Sent: Wednesday, July 27, 2011 10:26 AM Subject: Re: all time worst question I have been ever asked as a DBA BTW I also never use those file extensions anymore, but then again DBCA still has that practice and I would not be surprised if it turned up in OCP manuals etc. I once created an enhancement request saying that "this new APEX core directory, regarding naming is probably not a good idea to implement". They didn't get the point, or I didn't got my point across, that old unix admin methods / people (maybe still also on linux nowadays) have a practice to delete from time to time core files and core directories on their filesystems… From: "Stephens, Chris" <Chris.Stephens@xxxxxxx> Date: Wed, 27 Jul 2011 17:02:52 +0200 To: Marco Gralike <marco.gralike@xxxxxxx>, "andrew.kerber@xxxxxxxxx" <andrew.kerber@xxxxxxxxx>, Oracle-L <oracle-l@xxxxxxxxxxxxx> Subject: RE: all time worst question I have been ever asked as a DBA Which is the #1 reason I no longer allow redo logs to end in ‘.log’! J I have that as a check implemented in a procedure that runs each night to ensure every database in our environment complies with a few standards that I don’t consider to be debatable. From:oracle-l-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx [mailto:oracle-l-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf Of Marco Gralike Sent: Wednesday, July 27, 2011 9:57 AM To: andrew.kerber@xxxxxxxxx; ORACLE-L Subject: RE: all time worst question I have been ever asked as a DBA Be happy that he asked. Sometimes they just delete log files because they need the space. Van:oracle-l-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx [oracle-l-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] namens Andrew Kerber [andrew.kerber@xxxxxxxxx] Verzonden: dinsdag 26 juli 2011 21:38 Aan: ORACLE-L Onderwerp: all time worst question I have been ever asked as a DBA So, I am getting this error on one of our virtual Linux servers: ORA-00210: cannot open the specified control file ORA-00202: control file: '/u01/app/oracle/datafiles/devdb/control01.ctl' ORA-27086: unable to lock file - already in use Its probably due to a stale NFS lock. The question from my sys admin: -rw-r----- 1 oracle oinstall 10076160 Jul 22 13:33 control01.ctl can that file just be removed Ok, I am a little frustrated with him... -- Andrew W. Kerber 'If at first you dont succeed, dont take up skydiving.' CONFIDENTIALITY NOTICE: This message is intended for the use of the individual or entity to which it is addressed and may contain information that is privileged, confidential and exempt from disclosure under applicable law. If the reader of this message is not the intended recipient or the employee or agent responsible for delivering this message to the intended recipient, you are hereby notified that any dissemination, distribution or copying of this communication is strictly prohibited. If you have received this communication in error, please notify us immediately by email reply.