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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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How to take undo datafile offline ,which is in recovery mode?

I am trying to take undo datafile in offline mode using following command alter database datafile '<datafile path>' offline; this datafile is in recovery mode. Oracle shows message as ...
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In Oracle, how to globally enable parallel execution?

In Oracle 11g, is there a way to tell the database to use parallel execution whenever possible by setting a flag etc, rather than using PARALLEL hints with every SQL statement?
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Where all can the /*+ PARALLEL */ hint be used?

It works with SELECT and UPDATE statements. Are there some more statements with which it works? I was able to use it with create, but am not sure if the hint was actually considered. SQL> create ...
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Best method to give two Oracle databases on the same server access to common data

With a production and a test database on the same server, how should access be provided to some common quarterly update tables for both databases? It is possible to put these tables into a third ...
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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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Oracle SQL - CASE in a WHERE clause

Is it possible to somehow do this? WITH T1 AS ( SELECT 1 AS SEQ, 'NOTHING 1' AS SOME_TYPE FROM DUAL UNION ALL SELECT 2 AS SEQ, 'NOTHING 2' AS SOME_TYPE FROM DUAL UNION ALL SELECT 3 AS SEQ, ...
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I'm performing a post-mortem on an Oracle database that's crashed its' host. Where should I begin?

I have an Oracle database (10.2.0.1.0 I believe) on a Windows 2003 server that I believe has successfully crashed the OS itself twice. Debates on platforms and stability aside, the evidence suggests ...
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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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How to differentiate between SQL and PL/SQL?

I know the question might sound too stupid, but I never understood this part. SQL*Plus works with both SQL and PL/SQL. How do I know whether some code is SQL or PL/SQL? If my code has a for ...
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What is the difference between ROLE and PRIVILEGE for Oracle?

Is role a collection of certain privileges?
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What is the difference between these two create table statements?

a) SQL> CREATE TABLE xml_tab1(poDoc XMLTYPE); Table created. SQL> desc xml_tab1; Name Null? Type ----------------------------------------- -------- ...
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SAN Storage & Server for Oracle Replication

I need a 2-3 TB storage server group for Oracle Database. We want SAN Storage & Server for Oracle Replication, but not Microsoft Storage Server. For example : HP DL380 G6 as a server and EMC ...
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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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How can I make the audit system create new audit files if they already exist?

I am trying to make my audit files easier to read, I have audit trail configured as xml,extended. The problem is that if my server gets busy and reuses the pids - the logs are being appended to the ...
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Local package won't compile when remote package recompiles. (Oracle)

We have a package on a 10.2.0.4 database(A) and a package on an 11.2.0.2 database(B) that references A's package. When something on A changes that requires the package on A to do an implicit ...
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Using sys.diana and sys.pidl to parse PL/SQL

It seems to me that it should be possible to parse existing PL/SQL with the packages sys.diana and sys.pidl, but I have found nothing on the internet with the exception of a few scripts that seem to ...
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Oracle Creating ER Diagrams and Data Dictionaries

I am new to Oracle Databases and would like to develop a data dictionary and ER Diagrams for our existing databases. Do you have any tips, scripts, tools for doing so?
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Expired archived logs not deleted from RMAN catalogue

If I issue a LIST EXPIRED command in RMAN, I see a list of files with expired status, that is, they exist in the catalogue, but not on the disk (verified by ls). After issuing CROSSCHECK and DELETE ...
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Detect Index Coalesce

Is there a way to know if a COALESCE has been done on an index? Doing one doesn't seem to update the CREATED, LAST_DDL_TIME, or LAST_ANALYZED attributes. Note: I am not referring to the COALESCE ...
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EXP-00085 warnings while doing full backup

During a full export of my Oracle 10.2.0.2 database, I encounter the following warnings [...] . exporting post-schema procedural objects and actions EXP-00008: ORACLE error 6502 encountered ...
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Calling SQL Loader From SQL Plus

I was wondering if there was a way I can execute a SQL Loader script from SQL Plus. We are using Oracle 10g.
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Is there any difference between Rem and — comments for SQL*Plus?

On SQL*Plus prompt, both Rem and -- qualify as comment indicators: Rem this is a comment -- this is also a comment create table emp ( id number primary key, name cvarchar2(40)); Is there any ...
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What database front end do you use? [closed]

What database front end do you use? It should let you manage databases, tables, indexes and ideally even data records. And it should ideally be free so we can all use it too. Databases that it could ...
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What's a free client for Oracle 8 on Linux / Ubuntu? [closed]

I need to connect to a legacy Oracle 8 database. Oracle SQL Developer would be my tool of choice, but the current version doesn't support Oracle 8 anymore. I tried Squirrel too, but the connection ...
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Best way to delete very large recordset in Oracle

I manage an application which has a very large (nearly 1TB of data with more than 500 million rows in one table) Oracle database back end. The database doesn't really do anything (no SProcs, no ...
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Identify which parameters were passed to a procedure (Oracle)

Procedures in PL/SQL can have default values for parameters, but the caller can pass values that are identical to the default values. Is there a way from within the PL/SQL to determine whether a ...
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Oracle setup required for heavy-ish load

I am trying to make a comparison between a system setup using Hadoop and HBase and achieving the same using Oracle DB as back end. I lack knowledge on the Oracle side of things so come to a fair ...
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Eliminate duplicates in ListAgg (Oracle)

Prior to Oracle 11.2 I was using a custom aggregate function to concatenate a column into a row. 11.2 Added the LISTAGG function, so I am trying to use that instead. My problem is that I need to ...
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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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Case Behavior Changed Between 11.2.0.1 and 11.2.0.2

I have a case open with Oracle and they say they can't reproduce this. Running the following in 11.2.0.1 or lower produces two rows from both of these queries, but in 11.2.0.2 the second query ...
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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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How to return a CTE as REFCURSOR from an Oracle stored procedure?

I tried to modify an Oracle stored procedure to use a CTE instead of a simple Select Statement. My procedure looked like this: Create or replace Myproc ( MyRefCursor IN OUT SYS_REFCURSOR) as begin ...
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SSDs with Oracle

We've been looking into using SSDs with Oracle to speed up our test migration runs. It currently takes 12-18 hours to complete a migration run, depnding on the volume of data (we're obviously doing ...
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Information on Oracle MKSTORE utility for creating wallet

I'm looking for more information about the utility MKSTORE that can be used for creating and modifying a Wallet. I would like to know things like what the -createALO option is and what the difference ...
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How does the Oracle DUAL table work?

SQL> desc dual Name Null? Type ----------------------------------------- -------- ---------------------------- DUMMY ...
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How does a database use the SYS schema even when we change the password?

From the thread What is the difference between sys and system accounts in Oracle databases?, I understand that sys schema is supposed to be used only by the database. But still an administrator can ...
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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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What is the significance of a semicolon at the end of SQL*Plus commands?

Some statements like create table, insert into etc take a semicolon at the end: CREATE TABLE employees_demo ( employee_id NUMBER(6) , first_name VARCHAR2(20) , last_name ...
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Peculiar Oracle outer join syntax case

I have seen the following in a query that was supposed to be ported from Oracle outer join syntax to SQL standard outer join syntax: SELECT ... FROM A, B, C, D, E WHERE A.A_ID = B.A_ID AND B.B_ID = ...
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Is Oracle not suited as the database behind websites like Stackoverflow? [closed]

I see from the thread Which tools and technologies build the Stack Exchange Network? that the database specifications are: Database SQL Server 2008 R2 running Microsoft Windows Server 2008 ...
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What is the difference between sys and system accounts in Oracle databases?

There are two ways to connect to Oracle as a administrator using sqlplus: sqlplus sys as sysdba sqlplus system/manager These accounts should be uses for different purposes, I suppose. Which tasks ...
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How can a datapump export have its resource usage limited on windows?

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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How to get the Oracle Text Index's underlying Virtual XML Document?

The Oracle Text Reference 10g states that when we index our table using multi-column datastore, the system concatenates the text columns, tagging the column text, and indexes the text as a virtual XML ...
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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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Can I change the SID of an Oracle database?

The Server is Oracle Database 11g Enterprise Edition Release 11.1.0.7.0 - 64bit Is there an easy & quick way to change the SIDs of the test databases on the server? Dropping & recreating of ...
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Can I use OpenLDAP to authenticate users in Oracle?

I like to use OpenLDAP to authenticate my Oracle users. It should be possible to fetch at least the password from the directory. There appearently is something for the Oracle LDAP servers, but would ...
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What is the recommended RAID configuration for an Oracle database?

RAID (Redundant Arrays of Inexpensive Disks) comes with different configurations (RAID-0, RAID-1...). What is the recommended RAID configuration that I should set up and use when installing an Oracle ...
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Security for Application Developers doing PL/SQL work in Oracle

How do you handle the lack of Schema level privileges in Oracle? Oracle’s security architecture works well for applications that only need object level privileges and it works well for DBAs that need ...
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Why is OS authentication considered poor security for Oracle databases?

Oracle is deprecating OS authentication according to the Oracle Database Security Guide, which says Be aware that the REMOTE_OS_AUTHENT parameter was deprecated in Oracle Database 11g Release ...