INDEXTYPE statement to create an indextype, which is an object that specifies the routines that manage a domain (application-specific) index. Indextypes reside in the same namespace as tables, views, and other schema objects. This statement binds the indextype name to an implementation type, which in turn specifies and refers to user-defined index functions and procedures that implement the indextype.
See Also:Oracle Data Cartridge Developer's Guide and Oracle Database Concepts for more information on implementing indextypes
To create an indextype in your own schema, you must have the
INDEXTYPE system privilege. To create an indextype in another schema, you must have the
INDEXTYPE system privilege. In either case, you must have the
EXECUTE object privilege on the implementation type and the supported operators.
An indextype supports one or more operators, so before creating an indextype, you must first design the operator or operators to be supported and provide functional implementation for those operators.
See Also:CREATE OPERATOR
Specify the name of the schema in which the indextype resides. If you omit
schema, then Oracle Database creates the indextype in your own schema.
Specify the name of the indextype to be created.
FOR clause to specify the list of operators supported by the indextype.
schema, specify the schema containing the operator. If you omit
schema, then Oracle assumes the operator is in your own schema.
operator, specify the name of the operator supported by the indextype.
All the operators listed in this clause must be valid operators.
parameter_type, list the types of parameters to the operator.
USING clause lets you specify the type that provides the implementation for the new indextype.
implementation_type, specify the name of the type that implements the appropriate Oracle Data Cartridge Interface (ODCI).
You must specify a valid type that implements the routines in the ODCI.
The implementation type must reside in the same schema as the indextype.
See Also:Oracle Data Cartridge Developer's Guide for additional information on this interface
Use this clause to let the indextype support the array interface for the
type and varray_type If the datatype of the column to be indexed is a user-defined object type, then you must specify this clause to identify the varray
varray_type that Oracle should use to hold column values of
type. If the indextype supports a list of types, then you can specify a corresponding list of varray types. If you omit
schema for either
varray_type, then Oracle assumes the type is in your own schema.
If the datatype of the column to be indexed is a built-in system type, then any varray type specified for the indextype takes precedence over the ODCI types defined by the system.
See Also:Oracle Data Cartridge Developer's Guide for more information on the ODCI array interface
Creating an Indextype: Example The following statement creates an indextype named
position_indextype and specifies the
position_between operator that is supported by the indextype and the
position_im type that implements the index interface. Please refer to "Using Extensible Indexing" for an extensible indexing scenario that uses this indextype:
CREATE INDEXTYPE position_indextype FOR position_between(NUMBER, NUMBER, NUMBER) USING position_im;