This book is a quick-reference guide for Recovery Manager (RMAN), Oracle's utility to manage all of your Oracle database backup and recovery activities. This book is not a comprehensive backup and recovery book. It contains an overview of RMAN architecture, shows briefly how to backup and restore databases using RMAN, describes catalog setup issues, and provides quick-reference syntax diagrams of RMAN commands.
The purpose of this book is to help you quickly find the syntax for, and use, RMAN commands to back up, restore, and recover a database. We assume that you, the reader, have basic Oracle database administrator (DBA) skills, and that you are familiar with backup and recovery concepts. We also point out that the batch mode examples in this book are scripted with Unix shell scripts. Many of these examples contain Unix paths that are appropriate for our environment. If you are developing your own set of scripts, you will want to change the examples to reflect your own environment.