The RMAN catalog contains a pointer to where RMAN backed up the archive log file to (tape or disk). The actual log file is not stored in RMAN. Jeffrey Beckstrom Lead Database Administrator Information Technology Department Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority 1240 W. 6th Street Cleveland, Ohio 44113 >>> Chris King <ckaj111@xxxxxxxx> 9/16/14 9:53 AM >>> If an archivelog has been physically removed from a system, but there's metadata in the rman catalog for that log, can it be restored from the catalog? I thought the catalog contained only the metadata, but a dba just told me he could restore from the catalog, even though the file was no longer available on the system. This is Oracle version 11.2. Thanks! .