Manually deleting an Oracle 11g database

The following steps outlines how to manually delete a database within Oracle 11g, running in an Linux environment. I am currently running Oracle’s Enterprise Linux release 5 update 2.

  • Use SQL*Plus or your favorite SQL command line tool to log in to the target database; log in as sysdba
  • Issue the following commands to get the path to various files
    select name from v$datafile;
    select member from v$logfile;
    select name from v$controlfile;
    select name from v$tempfile;
  • Shut down the database within SQL*Plus, and then exit out of SQL*Plus
    shutdown immediate;
  • Stop the listener service by issuing the following command in the terminal prompt:
    lsnrctl stop
  • Recall the file paths found earlier; use them as a check list as you delete each one of those files. Reminder: did you back up your database yet? When ready, go ahead delete your data files, redo log files, control files, and temp files.
  • Go to the $ORACLE_HOME/network/admin directory and delete the tnsnames.ora and listener.ora files
  • Go to the $ORACLE_HOME/dbs directory and delete the init[db_name].ora, orapw[db_name], and spfile[db_name].ora files
  • Go to the $ORACLE_HOME/admin/[db_name]/pfile directory and delete the init[db_name].ora file
  • Go to the $ORACLE_HOME/admin/[db_name]/adump directory and delete all files in that directory
  • Edit the file /etc/oratab by removing the line that starts with your database name

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