Brian, I would like to simplify my RMAN script to have a generic one. I need to pass a parameter to the RMAN script (in this case it is a SID for a FORMAT string of the backup statement). Can it be done?

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When you allocate a channel, you can specify the FORMAT of the file names. Alternatively, you can specify the FORMAT in the BACKUP command. In either case, the string "%d" includes the database name in the file format. So a FORMAT clause may look like the following:
FORMAT 'full_backup_%d_%Y%M%D_%U'
Notice that I included other format strings as well. You can find all of the format strings in this document.

This was first published in April 2007

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