Oracle is a RDBMS (Relational Database Management System) created by Oracle Corporation. It supports a large number of languages and application development frameworks. Its primary languages are SQL, PL/SQL and Java. Also included is support for C (Pro*C, OCI and EXTPROC), C++ (OCCI) and Java (JDBC) ...

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Exporting database Oracle 7.3 on Windows NT 3.51

How to take dump files on Oracle7.3 running on Windows NT 3.51? Should you stand in the Orant/bin folder and run one of the programs there like> exp73 SYSTEM/password@[dbinstance] FULL=Y ...
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Is it possible to see the (completed) SQL Statements executed by a specific session?

Is it possible to see a list of all past SQL statements executed by a specific session (or number of sessions)? For example, the following query gives me all currently executing statements from all ...
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ALTER SYSTEM DISCONNECT SESSION doesn't work

Oracle 11g. The devs leave sessions connected overnight, sometimes certain cron jobs fail because of that. I am trying to kill all user sessions, but I can't. I login as: sqlplus system/[password] ...
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Making the Oracle optimizer use a virtual column to find out about a partition

I have a large table that has three columns like this: "START_DATE" DATE, "START_VALUE" NUMBER(10,7) "START_DATE_VALUE" NUMBER(18,7) GENERATED ALWAYS AS ( (extract(YEAR FROM START_DATE) * ...
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MySQL or Oracle Associate Certification?

I have 15+ years in software development and 7+ in web development, and I want to get a certification in another area, like DBA. I have 7+ years of experience like MySQL developer. Which is better for ...
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Add Oracle Label Security to an existing Oracle installation

We are using Amazon EC2 to host some Oracle database instances while we are evaluating and prototyping some software. We are using the AMIs provided by Oracle - specifically, Oracle Database 11g ...
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What makes an Oracle Applications DBA different from an Oracle DBA?

All Oracle databases support some type of application that the Oracle DBA would need to have some knowledge of. What makes an Oracle Applications DBA different than this? Does the term mean that ...
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Global locking for multi-master Oracle GoldenGate replication

This is a very complex scenario, but I figured a state-of-the-art challenge might interest some of the many high-end users of dba.se. Problem I'm working on an intercontinental data replication ...
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Package state not re-intialized on raise_application_error

When a package has state and the header is changed, the first call gets an error stack something like this: ORA-04068: existing state of packages has been discarded ORA-04061: existing state of ...
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SQL developer: Setup debugger for plsql

I'm trying to debug remotely pl/sql. But I can't - database returns me an error. What should I do to fix this and start debugging ? ORA-30683: failure establishing connection to debugger ...
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Execute a script with SQLPlus containing blanks, semi-colons, and forward slashes

Occasionally I will get a script that will run fine in SQL Developer or Toad, but requires modification in order to be run successfully from SQL*Plus. Here is a worst case example containing multiple ...
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Oracle returns an error ORA-01031: insufficient privileges

Oracle returns an error "ORA-01031: insufficient privileges" When I run sqlplus / as sysdba but sqlplus sys/oracle123 as sysdba doesn't, why? Oracle version: Oracle Database 10g Enterprise Edition ...
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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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What is the meaning of “select * from relational(owner.table)”?

We recently got some errors in our alert log of the form 301598: Tue Jul 16 03:58:29 2013 301599: ORA-01555 caused by SQL statement below 301600: SELECT * FROM ...
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Alternatives to an INSERT Trigger

Looking for an example code in Oracle to do the same. i.e. Remove an insert trigger on table T1 whose job is to create a row in T2 based on the derived data. How would this PL-SQL api look like? ...
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Is Oracle free to download?

I am a Java developer and currently I use PostgreSQL as the RDBMS. However, I would also like to learn Oracle. So can I download a latest version of Oracle (11g I guess) for free? I found this link: ...
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How the indexes are managed?

I am trying to understand how the indexes are managed for below common data types: 1- Numeric (Integer, Decimals) 2- String (Varchar, Char) 3- DateTime I have few questions: 1- How the indexes are ...
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For Oracle, we mount the instance to the database or mount the database to the instance?

The following text is extract from oracle documentation. Start the instance, and mount and open the database. This can be done in unrestricted mode, allowing access to all users, or in ...
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PL/SQL: best way to count elements in an array?

Given this: DECLARE TYPE T_ARRAY IS TABLE OF VARCHAR2(2000) INDEX BY BINARY_INTEGER; MY_ARRAY T_ARRAY; V_COUNT INTEGER; I would like to do: BEGIN -- ... some code filling the MY_ARRAY ...
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How to get rid of ORA-28002 message the password will expire within 6 days?

I have a user getting an ORA-28002 indicating that the password will expire within six days. I ran the following: ALTER PROFILE DEFAULT LIMIT PASSWORD_LIFE_TIME UNLIMITED; But when I try to log ...
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Defining constraints in `CREATE TABLE` statements

Recently I have been using a Database Abstraction Layer built by a Python web-framework called web2py (click for their DAL syntax). They include the option to include your constraints within the ...
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Why do we need to backup Oracle archive logs along with datafiles

Oracle® Database Backup and Recovery Basics 10g Release 2 (10.2) says that Archived redo logs are the key to successful media recovery. Back them up regularly. But, I wonder, why backups of ...
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Why I don't need to COMMIT in database trigger?

We can't COMMIT/ROLLBACK in DML triggers because transaction is handled manually after DML statement. However, database triggers seems to be an exception. For example, suppose there's a database ...
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Replicating only changes made by a specific database user

I am performing parallel testing. We have upgraded the legacy batch jobs to a new framework which we need to test against the existing batch jobs. In the existing setup, I have web application which ...
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What's the best way to list groups of values that are contained in other groups

For example, starting with a table like this: create table t as select 'A' as x, level as y from dual connect by level<=5 union all select 'B' as x, level+2 as y from dual connect by level<=5 ...
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Alternative for OPTIMIZER_FEATURES_ENABLE

I've installed a PHP driven application in a client's 9i server (Oracle9i Release 9.2.0.1.0 - 64bit Production). Certain queries are having an awful performance (it can use from 15 minutes to hours ...
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Database replication and consistency check

I got a question about 2 databases (oracle 10g) that I have, let's call them A and B. A have some information(in various tables) and I want B to get a partial copy of some tables from A, and ...
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Building Dynamic Oracle Where Clause

I'm working on application that uses dynamic query to do a select statement based on user input, after discussing security with DBAs they want me to convert my dynamic select statement into Stored ...
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Oracle Enterprise Manager 11g dbconsole “Internet Explorer cannot display the webpage”

The dbconsole is configured and started, but when I navigate to it, Internet Explorer shows the page stating that "Internet Explorer cannot display the webpage". This is the error that means that IE ...
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Getting “ORA-00942: table or view does not exist” while table does exist

I'm fairly new to Oracle database. I have installed Oracle Database 11g R2 on Oracle Linux 6. I have successfully created a new database with dbca and connected to the database using: $ sqlplus "/ as ...
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Trouble killing sessions then immediately dropping users in Oracle 11g XE

I would like to be able to kill active sessions by a given user, and then drop that user, and do so within a single database call. Here is what I have so far: DECLARE cursor c is select * ...
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If an 'after' DDL trigger causes an error, is the DDL rolled back?

It has been suggested that DDL is logically performed something like this: begin COMMIT; perform any appropriate pre-DDL trigger code; do the ddl; perform any appropriate post-DDL ...
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Oracle clean up

I have an Oracle database on a VMWare image that seems to be slowly eating all my available disk space. I would like to know if there is a command or script that would perform some kind of clean up of ...
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How do I declare and use variables in Oracle?

My main skills are with SQL Server, but I have been asked to do some tuning of an Oracle query. I have written the following SQL: declare @startDate int select @startDate = 20110501 And I get this ...
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What could be the reason for disallowing a sub query in the values clause?

For example SQL> create table dates(d date); Table created. SQL> insert into dates select sysdate from dual; 1 row created. SQL> select * from dates; D --------- 28-MAY-11 SQL> ...
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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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Grant create permission on a specific schema in Oracle 11g

I have two users A and B. I want to grant B the permission to create, drop, etc. all tables in A's schema. As far as I can see, I can grant B full access to all schemas not a specific one. Is this ...
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How will Oracle fill a datafile added to a tablespace?

I have a tablespace with one datafile which is 50% used. If I add a new datafile to the tablespace - will the first datafile continue to be used until it reaches full capacity and only then will ...
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How to connect to a remote Oracle server from Windows machine using PL/SQL Developer?

I understand that I need to configure database address in the TNSNAMES.ORA file but where should I put this file? UPDATE I defined the $TNS_ADMIN variable, created the TNSNAMES.ORA file, added new ...
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How do I allow users to see grants, view definitions, PL/SQL, etc in a database without granting them access to change those objects

As a developer, I need to be able to access the design of the database/database objects from production so I can ensure I'm working with the latest and greatest version of the objects I'm developing ...
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Why does the CBO not chose a lower cost skip scan without stats?

In the script below, the CBO chooses an INDEX FAST FULL SCAN over an INDEX SKIP SCAN (this is illustrated by the queries with the UNION ALL but you can demonstrate it is true with just explain plan ...
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Bulk database update/insert from CSV file

I am implementing application specific data import feature from one database to another. I have a CSV file containing say 10000 rows. These rows need to be inserted/updated into database. There ...
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Cardinality rule for bitmap indexes

The Oracle documentation includes the following advice: A bitmap index should be built on each of the foreign key columns of the fact table or tables In that reference, there is even a bitmap ...
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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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Retrieve Indices of Associative Array as Collection

In PL/SQL, suppose I have some associative array defined as follows: declare type a_arr_t is table of PLS_INTEGER index by PLS_INTEGER; a_arr a_arr_t; I then, sparsely, populate the ...
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Session in “Sql*net message from client”, but is active

I've Googled around, and my impression is that Sql*net message from client suggests the Oracle DBMS is waiting for the client to send new commands to the DBMS, and therefore any time spent in ...
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Restricting database access per IP addresses

I have filtered IP addresses to an access DB server like this: Set the sqlnet.ora tcp.validnode_checking = YES tcp.invited_nodes = (localhost, 192.168.100.130, 192.168.100.186) But in my ...
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When is an application using too many sessions?

I'm working on a client-server application that uses OCI to communicate with Oracle. In the past our application often treated sessions as an infinite resource, quite possibly to the detriment of ...
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Oracle - Automate Export/Unload of Data

Oracle SQL Developer has an option to export the contents of a query result to various formats (CSV/fixed width/Excel/XML). Is there any way to automate it? If not, what free tools are available ...
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Oracle Advanced Queuing LIFO

With Oracle's Advanced Queuing is there a way to dequeue messages in a LIFO (last in first out) order? There is an indication through a lack of information that this is not an option, but perhaps ...