Are your Oracle archived log files much too small?


Have you ever noticed that your archived redo logs can be much smaller than the online redo logs and may display a wild variation in size? This difference is most likely to happen in systems with a very large SGA (system global area), and the underlying mechanisms may result in Oracle writing data blocks to disc far more aggressively than is necessary. This article is a high-level description of how Oracle uses its online redo logs and why it can end up generating archived redo logs that are much smaller than you might expect.


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