I have a table with list partitions on it. When i insert data i see that all the partitions have default initial size of 8 MB and I also noticed that when i truncate full table and check size it still shows 8MB for each partition even when they are empty.

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Can someone help me understand what could be causing these paritions to have intial size of 8MB? Is there a way i can change this to use size based on partition size and not default to a value? And why is size not reclaimed or set back to 0 after truncating table?

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    You have to actually resize the tablespace datafile itself, which might actually not be possible if there is data at the end of the file - you can check on DBA_EXTENTS. – Philᵀᴹ Jun 25 '14 at 14:46

You don't mention your version - but assuming ->, see My Oracle Support doc ID 1295484.1

"Initial Extent Size of a Partition Changed to 8MB from 64KB After Upgrade to or Later"

I won't copy and paste chunks of that doc here, but that's how it works in and up. If you feel the need to change it, you can do so with by setting the hidden parameter _partition_large_extents to FALSE.

Though as with any hidden parameter change, I'd suggest you read up on it's consequences very carefully.

You can also override the default extent allocation per table as required by specifying the "INITIAL" clause in the "CREATE / ALTER / ADD PARTITION commands.

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