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

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The Data Pump architecture

Data Pump has a very simple mechanism that can interact with many other interfaces such as, Oracle Enterprise Manager and custom interfaces, and it is basically made up of three unique parts; they are:

  • The command-line interfaces, expdp and impdp
  • The DBMS_DATAPUMP package, also known as the Data Pump API
  • The DBMS_METADATA package, also known as the Metadata API

As you can easily see in the following figure, the command-line interfaces, expdp and impdp, uses the DBMS_DATAPUMP package to execute the export and import operations using all the parameters passed in by the user in the command line. When metadata needs to be manipulated, it uses the DBMS_METADATA package to extract, manipulate, and also to recreate the dictionary ...

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