Is it possible to access ORA_ROWSCN pseudo-column in the body of BEFORE triggers? I'm thinking about storing this value in the table itself to emulate SQLServer rowversion behaviour.

  • Thanks for contributing your answer :-) incidentally, why can't you just use ora_rowscn - why do you need to store it again in the table? Dec 22, 2011 at 20:47
  • @ Jack Douglas: I tried to store ora_rowscn in the table as a separate column (similar to how SQLServer's rowversionworks, so I don't need to change queries that use this feature while migrating from one RDMS to another).
    – a1ex07
    Dec 22, 2011 at 20:52
  • I understand. You know about rowdependencies of course? Dec 22, 2011 at 21:34
  • Yeah, I know that to have a row version, not a block version , table should be created with rowdependencies
    – a1ex07
    Dec 22, 2011 at 22:20

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It doesn't seem to be possible (even if Oracle itself populates the value before launching BEFORE UPDATE trigger) - referring to :NEW.ora_rowscn in the trigger body generates error, select ora_rowscn from table1 in the trigger causes mutating trigger error.

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