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Oracle® Database Reference
10g Release 1 (10.1)

Part Number B10755-01
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Property Description
Parameter type String
Syntax UNDO_TABLESPACE = undoname
Default value The first available undo tablespace in the database.
Range of values Legal name of an existing undo tablespace
Basic Yes
Real Application Clusters Multiple instances can have different values.

UNDO_TABLESPACE specifies the undo tablespace to be used when an instance starts up. If this parameter is specified when the instance is in manual undo management mode, then an error will occur and startup will fail.

If the UNDO_TABLESPACE parameter is omitted, the first available undo tablespace in the database is chosen. If no undo tablespace is available, the instance will start without an undo tablespace. In such cases, user transactions will be executed using the SYSTEM rollback segment. You should avoid running in this mode under normal circumstances.

You can replace an undo tablespace with another undo tablespace while the instance is running.