According to the oracle docs, during shutdown, 3 steps are performed:
Is it possible to make only first 2 steps?
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Yes, it's possible.
SQL> alter database close; Database altered. SQL> select open_mode from v$database; OPEN_MODE -------------------- MOUNTED SQL> alter database dismount; Database altered. SQL> select open_mode from v$database; select open_mode from v$database * ERROR at line 1: ORA-01507: database not mounted