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Try this simple cold backup script

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Need to perform a cold backup fast? This script lets you create a backup from SQL*Plus connected as SYSDBA.

Rem Set SQL*Plus variables to manipulate output
set feedback off heading off verify off
set pagesize 0 linesize 200
Rem Set SQL*Plus user variables used in script
Rem Linux User variables
define dir = '/backup'
define fil = '/tmp/closed_backup_commands.sql'
prompt *** Spooling to &fil
spool &fil
select 'host cp '|| name ||' &dir' from v$datafile order by 1;
select 'host cp '|| member ||' &dir' from v$logfile order by 1;
select 'host cp '|| name ||' &dir' from v$controlfile order by 1;
select 'host cp '|| name ||' &dir' from v$tempfile order by 1;
spool off;
Rem Shutdown the database cleanly
shutdown immediate;
Rem Run the copy file commands
Rem Start the database again

On Linux, connect to SQL*Plus as SYSDBA and run this script like this:

LINUX> sqlplus /nolog
SQL> connect system/manager as sysdba
SQL> @closed_backup.sql

For more information see Chapter 4 of "Oracle backup and recovery 101."

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About the author: Kenny Smith has been working with Oracle technology on HP servers for over a decade. He specializes in Oracle database architecture, database administration and development. He has presented at numerous Oracle conferences on two continents. He has published many articles describing Oracle solutions and has co-authored "Oracle backup and recovery 101" from Oracle Press.

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