U do not have to protect it because you still have a controlfiles, and u considering NOT TO HAVE a catalog, so why are you so concerned with protecting a catalog?
Originally Posted by reeshe
Secondly, it is not ac umbersome , just create a another small database.
You greatly reduce you chances for a problem since catalog database and all of your controlfile are not likely to be lost at the same time.
In summary....It is really your choice. If you feel that it is not worth the efforts... Let me ask you, did you ever have to restore a production database without a catalog? Do you want to have that experience?
One, who thinks that the other one who thinks that know and does not know, does not know either!