How to resolve ORA-01234 Error Message in Oracle database

Learn the purpose and how to resolve the ORA-01234 error message in Oracle.


When you stumble upon an ORA-01234 error, the following error message will appear:

ORA-01234: cannot end backup of file name – file is in use or recovery


You tried to cease an on-line backup of a file, however the file is being used.


The option(s) to resolve this Oracle error are:

Option #1

If there is an instance of Oracle jogging that has the file open, you can try ending the on line backup by means of executing the ALTER TABLESPACE command.

Option #2

Otherwise, if a recuperation or rename operation is active on this file, you may have to wait till these operations have been completed. Then you can attempt again.