Solving RMAN-06059: Errror identifying file

What? When using RMAN to backup archivelog files, an error “RMAN-06059: Errror identifying file ” is returned. Prior to this the backups have been running successfully.

RMAN-03002: failure of backup plus archivelog command
RMAN-06059: expected archived log not found, lost of archived log compromises recoverability
RMAN-6059: expected archived log not found, lost of archived log compromises recoverability
ORA-19625 “error identifying file %s”

Why? Oracle is trying to backup an archivelog and is expecting for it to be available as it could be required for recovery.

Cause: The archive log is no longer accessible. One of the common reasons is that the archive log has been removed manually to free up space on the system or the permissions on the file was changed.

Resolution: The most important thing is to determine what caused the file to not be available.

Then to get around this error, to allow RMAN to continue backing up the database first connect to the RMAN repository. The run the “CROSSCHECK ARCHIVELOG ALL”.

RMAN will continue to backup the rest of the archivelogs.

Caution: Ensure that you also take a full backup since one f the archivelogs is not available in the backupsets and will limit your ability to do a complete recovery without it.

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