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Oracle Database 12c Backup and Recovery Survival Guide by Aman Sharma, Francisco Munoz Alvarez

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Block corruption due to NOLOGGING

If a NOLOGGING (or UNRECOVERABLE) operation is performed on an object and the datafile containing that object is subsequently recovered, then the data blocks affected by the NOLOGGING operation are marked as corrupt and will signal an ORA-1578 error when accessed. In Oracle 8i, an ORA-26040 is also signaled (ORA-26040: Data block was loaded using the NOLOGGING option) which makes the cause fairly obvious, but earlier releases have no additional error message. If a block is corrupt due to recovery through a NOLOGGING operation, you need to understand that:

  • Recovery cannot retrieve the NOLOGGING data
  • No data is salvageable from inside the block

If this is your situation, please note that:

  • The indexes with corrupt blocks ...

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