|PL/SQL User's Guide and Reference
10g Release 1 (10.1)
Part Number B10807-01
TABLE statement locks entire database tables in a specified lock mode. That enables you to share or deny access to tables while maintaining their integrity. For more information, see "Using LOCK TABLE".
Oracle has extensive automatic features that allow multiple programs to read and write data simultaneously, while each program sees a consistent view of the data; you should rarely, if ever, need to lock tables yourself.
Keyword and Parameter Description
A table or view that must be accessible when you execute the
TABLE statement. For the syntax of
table_reference, see "DELETE Statement".
The type of lock. It must be one of the following:
This optional keyword tells Oracle not to wait if the table has been locked by another user. Control is immediately returned to your program, so it can do other work before trying again to acquire the lock.
If you omit the keyword
NOWAIT, Oracle waits until the table is available; the wait has no set limit. Table locks are released when your transaction issues a commit or rollback.
A table lock never keeps other users from querying a table, and a query never acquires a table lock.
If your program includes SQL locking statements, make sure the Oracle users requesting locks have the privileges needed to obtain the locks. Your DBA can lock any table. Other users can lock tables they own or tables for which they have a privilege, such as
The following statement locks the
accts table in shared mode:
LOCK TABLE accts IN SHARE MODE;