I am trying to migrate my database ( A to another machine by using rman backup. At present, in the source machine, the redo log file, temp file is stored under the directory foo (/foo). In the target machine, I would like to store these files under the directory bar (/bar). In the past practice, what I did is to create foo for these files and move these files to bar manually after the recovery is complete. RMAN is such a powerful tool that I think there must be some an easy way to satisfy my requirement. So far, by searching the google, I got a useful rman command for temp file:

set newname for tempfile <fileno> to '<path>'

It seems that there is no similar command for redo file. Before using this command to perform a recovery, I have several questions to ask:

  1. When we take an full backup, the backup did not go with temp tablespace and redo files, but in the past migration I experienced, I found that when I open (alter database open resetlogs)the database after recovery is complete, redo log files and temp files exist. Will rman create this automatically for database? I can`t find the reliable oracle documents for this topic.
  2. To change the path for redo is so boring, I would the finish this task in the rman scripts, is there any command available to rename the redo log file in the rman scripts?
  • Temp tablespace and online redo logs files will be created on the basis of information available in control file. For each online redo log that is to be created at a different location than it had on the source host, use ALTER DATABASE RENAME FILE commands to specify the path name on the destination host. More...
    – atokpas
    Commented Jan 4, 2017 at 15:14

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You can either use a pfile and set the following in the pfile, or you can use an spfile and do a startup nomount to set the following variables. You can have as many directories as you want the pattern will still be: '','','','','',''...

alter system set db_file_name_convert='/foo/','/bar/' scope=spfile;
alter system set log_file_name_convert='/foo/','/bar/' scope=spfile;

You can also specify the redo on the clone/restore command.

       GROUP 1 ('/mybackup/mytest/redo01a.log',  '/mybackup/mytest/redo01b.log') SIZE 256M REUSE,
       GROUP 2 ('/mybackup/mytest/redo02a.log',  '/mybackup/mytest/redo02b.log') SIZE 256M REUSE,
       GROUP 3 ('/mybackup/mytest/redo03a.log',  '/mybackup/mytest/redo03b.log') SIZE 256M REUSE  
  • db_file_name_convert and log_file_name_convert is for data guard mainly,I did not try these parameters before,what about you ?Does it work when doing rman recovery? Commented Jan 4, 2017 at 14:57
  • I have used the parameters for restore and clone and it works. I also added the part about redo after I initially posted my reply.
    – Gandolf989
    Commented Jan 4, 2017 at 14:58
  • what about the first question? Commented Jan 4, 2017 at 15:05
  • for this post oratin.blogspot.com/2011/02/…, when using RESTORE command to restore a database into new host even if we use the “DB_FILE_NAME_CONVERT” & “LOG_FILE_NAME_CONVERT” parameters to change the file names it will not take effect as we do the restore step by step Commented Jan 4, 2017 at 15:09
  • The convert parameters don't affect the control files. Those are set in the pfile/spfile. So that is not relevant for my answer. Yes, you should set the control file to point to where you want in the pfile/spfile.
    – Gandolf989
    Commented Jan 4, 2017 at 15:36

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