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Was incremental backup differential or cumulative?

Is there a way to tell whether an incremental backup was done in a differential or cumulative manner in RMAN?

Hi, I've been wondering if there is a way to tell whether an incremental backup was done in a differential or cumulative manner? RMAN views seem to only indicate it as an incremental level 1 backup.

The RC_BACKUP_SET view can be used to determine this information. The BACKUP_TYPE column indicates if the backup...

is a full or incremental level 0 if this column contains 'D.' If the column contains 'I,' the backup set is for an incremental backup. The INCREMENTAL_LEVEL column shows the incremental level (obviously). If you are not seeing any rows in this view where BACKUP_TYPE='I' and INCREMENTAL_LEVEL='0' then look for BACKUP_TYPE='D.'

Chapter 3 of the RMAN documentation describes all of the Recovery Catalog views.

This was last published in July 2007

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