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Block Recovery using RMAN – on Oracle 11g

The purpose of this article is to simulate a block level corruption using BBED utility (block browser and editor) and recover using RMAN.
In this situation the data file remains online throughout the recovery operation and hence other segments within the tablespace remain accessible.
Since BBED exists from Oracle7 to Oracle10g, we will have to copy some files from earlier version and compile it
Cp $ORA10g_HOME/rdbms/lib/ssbbded.o $ORA11g_HOME/rdbms/lib
Cp $ORA10g_HOME/rdbms/lib/sbbdpt.o $ORA11g_HOME/rdbms/libMessage files (list may differ):
Cp $ORA10g_HOME/rdbms/mesg/bbedus.msb $ORA11g_HOME/rdbms/mesg
Cp $ORA10g_HOME/rdbms/mesg/bbedus.msg $ORA11g_HOME/rdbms/mesg
Cp $ORA10g_HOME/rdbms/mesg/bbedar.msb $ORA11g_HOME/rdbms/mesgIssue the following command:
make -f $ORA11g_HOME/rdbms/lib/ins_rdbms.mk BBED=$ORACLE_HOME/bin/bbed $ORACLE_HOME/bin/bbed $ORA11g_HOME/bin/bbed
password: blockedit
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SQL> set feedback off
SQL> spool fileunix.log
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reliable replacement for "ps -ef"

On linux redhat 5 I checked the command ps -ef in a loop and found out that it is not reliable.
checked this way:
while [ `ps -ef |grep tnslsnr | grep -v grep | wc -l` -eq 1 ]; do printf . ; doneafter about of 2 minutes the loop finished since it didn't find the process.

looking for something more trusted I found the command pgrep
checked this way:
while [ `pgrep tnslsnr 1>/dev/null; echo $?` -ne 1 ]; do printf . ; doneand it is still running in a loop .... ;)
and no need to use awk or grep -v

here are some commands and the behavior of pgrep:
# pgrep smon
# pgrep -f smon
2396
2533
# pgrep -fl smon
2396 ora_smon_orcl
2533 ora_smon_mydb
# pgrep -fl ora_smon_orcl
2396 ora_smon_orcl
# echo $?
0
# pgrep not_exist_process
# echo $?
1
There are some more parameters, check: man pgrep

Filename validation Using Regular Expression

Extract the filename from a full file path
unix
select substr(file_name,(instr(file_name,'/',-1,1)+1),length(file_name)) FROM dba_data_files;
windows
select substr(file_name,(instr(file_name,'\',-1,1)+1),length(file_name)) FROM dba_data_files;
Validates a long filename using Windows' rules:
select file_name from table_of_files WHERE not REGEXP_LIKE(file_name,'^[^\\\./:\*\?\"<>\|]{1}[^\\/:\*\?\"<>\|]{0,254}$');
combinning these two SQLs:
WITH files AS (
select substr(file_name,(instr(file_name,'/',-1,1)+1),length(file_name)) base_filename FROM dba_data_files)
select base_filename from files WHERE REGEXP_LIKE(base_filename,'^[^\\\./:\*\?\"<>\|]{1}[^\\/:\*\?\"<>\|]{0,254}$');