How to Turn Archiving ON and OFF

Turning Archiving On and Off
You set a database’s initial archiving mode as part of database creation. Usually, you can use the default of NOARCHIVELOG mode at database creation
because there is no need to archive the redo information generated at that time. After creating the database, decide whether to change from the initial archiving mode.

After a database has been created, you can switch the database’s archiving mode on demand. However, you should generally not switch the database between archiving modes.

NOTE: If a database is automatically created during Oracle installation, the initial archiving mode of the database is operating system specific. See your operating system-specific Oracle documentation.

ARCHIVELOG mode is necessary for creating on-line backups and for certain types of database recovery. Configuring the database to operate in
ARCHIVELOG mode allows the user to perform complete and point-in-time recovery from media (disk) failures using off-line or on-line backups. If
ARCHIVELOG mode is disabled, the database can be restored from a backup in case of failure, but it cannot be rolled forward from that to a point when failure occurred.

Oracle recommends ARCHIVELOG mode for all production databases

Setting the Initial Database Archiving Mode
When you create the database, you set the initial archiving mode of the redo log in the CREATE DATABASE statement. If you do not specify either ARCHIVELOG or NOARCHIVELOG, NOARCHIVELOG is the default. To verify database mode, execute following statement:


Changing the Database Archiving Mode
There are “init.ora” parameters you need to modify in order to properly handle your database being in archive log mode. They are:

This parameter specifies the directory where your archive logs will be placed.

This parameter names the archive logs in this format. For example, if your format is: arch%s.arc

Your log files will be called: arch1.arc, arch2.arc, arch3.arc where the ‘1’, ‘2’, ‘3’, etc is the sequence number.

To Prepare to Switch Database Archiving Mode
1. Shut down the database instance.

SQL> shutdown immediateAn open database must be closed and dismounted and any associated instances shut down before the database’s archiving mode can be switched. Archiving cannot be disabled if any datafiles need media recovery.

2. Backup the database.

This backup can be used with the archive logs that you will generate.

3. Perform any operating system specific steps (optional).

4. Start up a new instance and mount, but do not open the database.

SQL> startup mountNOTE: If you are using the Oracle Parallel Server, you must mount the database exclusively using one instance to switch the database’s archiving mode.

5. Put the database into archivelog mode

SQL> alter database archivelog; NOTE: You can also use

alter database noarchivelog to take the database out of archivelog mode

6. Open the database.

SQL> alter database open; 7. Verify your database is now in archivelog mode.

SQL> archive log listDatabase log mode Archive ModeAutomatic archival EnabledArchive destination USE_DB_RECOVERY_FILE_DESTOldest online log sequence 22Next log sequence to archive 24Current log sequence 248. Archive all your redo logs at this point.

SQL> archive log all; 9. Ensure these newly created Archive log files are added to the backup process.

Ref: Metalink ID 69739.1


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