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What does NVL stand for?

What does NVL stand for? I'm talking about the Oracle and Informix (perhaps some others too) function used to filter out non NULL values from query results (similar to COALESCE in other databases).
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Database backups in Oracle - Export the database or use other tools?

One of the "practices" that I've seen about being performed by DBA's in my organization is to treat a full database export using tools like exp / expdp as backup. Would this be a good practice ? What ...
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What would I need to do to make sure my DB policies have to pass a security audit?

I have an audit coming up, and I was wondering what physical, electronic, and logical access controls an auditor would look for when auditing a database for an ERP system. I'm really new to this ...
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MySQL equivalent of WITH in oracle

Is there a MySQL equivalent of the WITH clause in Oracle?
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What happens when you modify (reduce) a column's length?

Lets say I have two columns of type NUMBER (without precision, and scale) and VARCHAR(300). I saw that these columns are way too large for my data, so I want to modify them to NUMBER(11) and ...
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SQL Server equivalent of Oracle USING INDEX clause

Is there a SQL Server 2008 equivalent of the USING INDEX clause in Oracle? Specifically for the construct: CREATE TABLE c(c1 INT, c2 INT); CREATE INDEX ci ON c (c1, c2); ALTER TABLE c ADD CONSTRAINT ...
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How to retrieve foreign key constraints data

I'm looking for a query allowing to retrieve foreign key infos (each line: referrencing table & field, referrenced table & field) of an entire schema. I've found this, but does not gives all ...
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Why does SQL*PLUS need a slash after CREATE TYPE?

I just had the problem that I defined a Type and tested it in TOAD and all was OK. But running under SQL*PLUS it threw an error. Example: CREATE OR REPLACE TYPE MyType AS OBJECT ( Item1 NUMBER, ...
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How do I find an object that doesn't seem to exist in the objects table?

I have an object called cot_ntn_pi_v. I was told this was a synonym. It doesn't appear in the all_synonyms table. It looks like a view or table but I can't find it in the all objects table. I can ...
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Is it bad idea to create foreign keys on the tables in a different schemas in the same database for big applications?

I am working on the transfer a big pl/sql web-based application to the dedicated server. This application is located in one schema with 70 packages of programm code. This application was made ...
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What specifically does OracleBulkCopy do, and how can I optimize its performance?

To summarize the specifics: We need to stage approximately 5 million rows into a vendor (Oracle) database. Everything goes great for batches of 500k rows using OracleBulkCopy (ODP.NET), but when we ...
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How can I Estimate Table Sizes within Schema (Oracle)

I'm trying to estimate the table sizes within my schema (in MB). This is what I have so far: SELECT table_name, owner, last_analyzed FROM all_tables I'm fairly new to SQL so I have no idea how I ...
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LNNVL Justification

LNNVL is an oracle built in function that returns TRUE for conditions evaluating to FALSE or UNKNOWN, and returns FALSE for conditions evaluating to TRUE. My question is what would be the benefit of ...
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How to migrate SQL Server Stored Procedures using temporary tables or table variables to Oracle?

C# developer encouraged by management to write SQL Server stored procedures often produce procedures like this create table #t1 (...); insert into #t1 Select ... from table_a where ...; insert into ...
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How can a datapump export have its resource usage limited on linux?

Doing an export of a number of users causes high CPU and I/O usage. I can mitigate the effects of the CPU usage using Resource Manager and setting the export session to a low priority group, but how ...
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Why is truncate DDL?

I have an interview question, which was asked during my interview. I answered the question, but interviewer was not so convinced with my answer. So, anyone please correct me with my understanding ? ...
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How to modify an update in Oracle so it performs faster?

I have this query: UPDATE ( SELECT h.valid_through_dt, h.LAST_UPDATE_TMSTMP FROM ETL_FEE_SCH_TMP d, FEE_SCHEDULE_HISTORICAL h WHERE h.FUND_ID = d.FUND_ID AND ...
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Why would function based indices I’ve created lower the cost but not show up in the explain plan breakdown?

Sorry for the terrible column/table names but since this is for a work project I wanted to insure it was OK to ask. I was just hoping to at least learn why I'm not seeing my functional indices being ...
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Designing Simple Schema for Disaggregation of Demand Forecast

I am doing a simple database design task as a training exercise where I have to come up with a basic schema design for the following case: I have a parent-child hierarchy of products (example, Raw ...
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9i streams capture doesn't evaluate rules

I have a streams replication set up between two oracle 9.2.0.8 instances as sources and an 11g instance as a destination, processing a small subset of data from each database (let it be one table ...
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Auto-Commit in SQL Server and Oracle

When I worked on Oracle 8 many years before, I used to execute COMMIT command manually after each bulk INSERT. In SQL Server, Auto-Commit is ON by default which has advantages as well as hazards. I ...
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Why use explicit cursors instead of regular loops?

I've been writing basic web apps for a year (for an Oracle db), and since the functions are pretty simple, most of us stick with regular FOR loops to get our data: for i in (select * from STUDENTS) ...
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Why Oracle sessions are still alive after two weeks being Inactive

DB: Oracle 10g O/S: Windows Server 2003 64 bits I query list of Oracle sessions generated by web applications (filter by program=w3wp.exe) select * from V$session where UPPER(program) LIKE '%W3%' ...
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Is DB2 more reliable and stable compared to PostgreSQL or MySQL?

Always i was using MySQL or PostgreSQL for my projects such as Web/Desktop apps. I had data loss few times and thanks to old backup i was always up and running. But for a recent project for Airport, ...
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SQL Server Express vs. Oracle Express Edition vs DB2 Express-C

I have been trying to compare the features of the SQL Server Express, Oracle XE and DB2 Express-C, but find it difficult to compile all the differences into one place. Especially the current ...
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Database for building a realtime analytics system

I want to build a system similar to Google Analytics (only used for internal use, less traffic and less feature), and mainly focus on Real time counting of unique URI visit/PV by different ...
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If I SET ARRAYSIZE 1 in SQL*Plus, the records are still fetched in pairs. Why?

I thought about writing a simple tail -f like utility to "trace" the progress of some figures within the database: create or replace function tail_f return varchar2_tab pipelined as n number; ...
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Materialized views in oracle

How are materialized views implemented in oracle? I've created a materialized view in oracle. What I now see is a quite normal table with a job. Are materialized views translated into tables & ...
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Can this business logic be enforced by a conditional database constraint?

I am trying to duplicate the business logic embodied an intranet C# web application in the database so that other databases can access it and work under the same rules. This "rule" seems difficult to ...
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Oracle's left join and where clauses errors

CREATE TABLE "ATABLE1" ( "COLUMN1" VARCHAR2(20 BYTE), "COLUMN2" VARCHAR2(20 BYTE) ); CREATE TABLE "ATABLE2" ( "COLUMN1" VARCHAR2(20 BYTE), "COLUMN2" VARCHAR2(20 BYTE) ); ...
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Oracle 10g - How to prevent one user from hogging all resources?

I am wondering if there is any way to limit how much resources one user can take on my Oracle system. I want to limit some queries and systems from being able to hog all system resources when they run ...
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Multiple operations using WITH

Is there a way to execute multiple operations using the WITH statement? Something like WITH T AS ( SELECT * FROM Tbl ) BEGIN OPEN P_OUTCURSOR FOR SELECT * FROM T; SELECT COUNT(*) INTO ...
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What is “SAP on Oracle”

OK, total newb question. What is "SAP on Oracle", exactly. This link is talking about how SAP can run on Oracle (I think). I'm not understanding how this is working. My understanding: SAP is a ...
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How to extract Procedure, Function, etc. Source Code from an Oracle Export

I have generated an EXPDAT.DMP file of an Oracle database with the command: exp userid=usr/pass@db owner=own rows=n compress=n I then ran the following command to generate a file containing the ...
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Why does an Oracle database require both the SYSTEM and the SYSAUX tablespaces?

Quoting from Oracle documentation about logical storage structures: A database must have the SYSTEM and SYSAUX tablespaces: Why is it compulsory to have these tablespaces?
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“ORA-03113: end-of-file on communication channel” on startup

I have been reading posts here, on Oracle support, and anywhere else I can find for the last three days and I've given up on this problem... An Oracle database hung. Shutdown of the database sat for ...
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“ORA-01950: no privileges on tablespace 'SYSTEM' ” : What error is it?

Earlier I created a user : SQL>create user suhail identified by password SQL>User created. SQL>Grant create session,create table to suhail; SQL>Grant Succeeded. but when I login as ...
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Importing schema to new or different tablespace

Is there a convenient way to import a schema into Oracle 11gR2 using a single new or different tablespace than where the data originated? As an example, I have exported BLOG_DATA from OLDDB, where ...
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How do you protect against malicious PREPROCESSOR attacks in Oracle External Tables?

I'm a new DBA and I recently found out about the option of External Tables in Oracle using the PREPROCESSOR feature ( ...
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Multiple Oracle Instances — is this a good practice?

One of my clients has deployed our product's db into a Solaris machine which already has 3 instances of Oracle. So, right now there are 4 instances of Oracle running on the same machine. And now we're ...
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Oracle 11g: performance improvements of inserts

I have a table of 500 millions of rows (and growing) I did the following to improve performance of inserts: On database side: dropped all indexes and constraints disabled logging On application ...
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Cardinality is so far off from reality

I've got a table where the cardinality for plans just seems waaaaaay too high - despite updating stats and even trying dynamic sampling for Oracle 11gR2. select count(*) from table1 where col1 = ...
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What methods are available to create a snapshot of an oracle database for testing purposes?

I am new to databases and have just been assigned to work with Oracle. We want to create a snapshot of the database for testing purposes that will allow us to revert back once we're done. I'm a bit ...
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Is this a new common pattern in Oracle Where exists ( Select NULL FROM…)?

Years ago, it was common to write where exists (Select * from some_table where some_condition) Last year I noticed that many t-sql scripts switched to using the number 1 instead of the star where ...
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How can I import the contents of an Oracle database into Visio to create an Entity Relationship Diagram?

I have an Oracle database, and I would like to create an ERD in Visio 2007 Pro. I have so far looked at DBMS_METADATA.GET_DDL commands to generate DDL. I know that I can import an Access DB into ...
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Oracle 10g: Is it possible to designate a undo point?

I was wondering if it is possible to designate a point in time, then later "roll-it-back" to that state (undo DDL and DML changes). Maybe using a record of changes and then executing the reverse? Does ...
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Why is Oracle using the index here?

Name Null Type -------- -------- --------- ID NOT NULL NUMBER(4) GROUP_ID NUMBER(4) TEXT CLOB There is a btree index on group_id. Here's how many ...
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Limit redo for materialized view complete refresh or manual equivalent

A materialized view(MV) log can be used to allow a MV to do a fast refresh which only modifies the data that has changed. However, various conditions prevent the MV from using the log and therefore ...
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Oracle materialized view refresh schedule

Since I see that it is possible to specify an expression like sysdate + 1, here are my questions: Is it possible to specify the exact time of the refresh for materialized views in oracle? Is it ...
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PLS-00306 Error: How to find the wrong argument?

PLS-00306: wrong number or types of arguments in call to 'string' Cause: This error occurs when the named subprogram call cannot be matched to any declaration for that subprogram name. The ...