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You link to a FAQ that says The Instant Client libraries occupy a virtual address space that is equal to the size of the files. However, only frequently used error messages from the libraries occupy physical memory. Under most cases, the physical memory load is a few kilobytes despite the larger reserved virtual address space This isn't saying ...


The Instant Client is easier to install and more lightweight. It doesn't even need to be installed, you can just unzip it and use it. You don't need an Oracle Home either. On the other hand, it does not support deprecated features like Oracle Names. If you don't need any feature the instant client omits, I suggest you use it. It looks like you are covered ...

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