ORA-07217: sltln: environment variable cannot be evaluated when backing up with RMAN

When setting up a RMAN backup to tape i encountered the following issue on a Oracle 9.2 database (not sure if it applies to older database versions; i´d say no…):

RMAN-00571: ===========================================================
RMAN-00569: =============== ERROR MESSAGE STACK FOLLOWS ===============
RMAN-00571: ===========================================================
ORA-07217: sltln: environment variable cannot be evaluated.

It turned out the script used to start the rman backup was the problem:

connect target /
connect catalog rman/rman@catalog
run {
backup database;
}

After changing the target connection line to include the username, password and TNS connect string the backup ran fine:

connect target sys/sys@database
connect catalog rman/rman@catalog
run {
backup database;
}

 

 

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