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Nightly backup procedure for Oracle 8i

Hi, I'm new to UNIX and here is my question: I have an Oracle 8i on Solaris, and I need a nightly backup procedure to take care of the cold backup every night. This looks very simple in theory... stop Oracle, copy all the files to backup directory, start the Oracle. I have created this procedure on NT, but I have no idea how to make it on Unix! Thanks for your help.

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To give you a full backup script here would be a bit too long, so I'm going to refer you to a couple of sources. First, an Oracle Press book written by Rama Velpuri and Anand Adkoli: Oracle8i Backup & Recovery Handbook. This book has a wealth of scripts for several different platforms, including UNIX. As a matter of fact, Chapter 5 is an entire chapter of backup scripts! The UNIX environment ones are very good and very thorough. The scripts are well-documented and should give you everything you need.

Another alternative, available on the Web, is a downloadable UNIX backup script located at This site, The Oracle Resource Stop, has lots and lots of good scripts and this cold backup one is short and sweet.

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This was first published in January 2002

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