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A materialized view is a database object that contains the results of a query. The
FROM clause of the query can name tables, views, and other materialized views. Collectively these source objects are called master tables (a replication term) or detail tables (a data warehousing term). This reference uses the term master tables for consistency. The databases containing the master tables are called the master databases.
VIEW statement to modify an existing materialized view in one or more of the following ways:
To change its storage characteristics
To change its refresh method, mode, or time
To alter its structure so that it is a different type of materialized view
To enable or disable query rewrite
SNAPSHOTis supported in place of
VIEWfor backward compatibility.
The privileges required to alter a materialized view should be granted directly, as follows:
The materialized view must be in your own schema, or you must have the
VIEW system privilege.
To enable a materialized view for query rewrite:
If all of the master tables in the materialized view are in your schema, then you must have the
If any of the master tables are in another schema, then you must have the
If the materialized view is in another user's schema, then both you and the owner of that schema must have the appropriate
REWRITE privilege, as described in the preceding two items. In addition, the owner of the materialized view must have
SELECT access to any master tables that the materialized view owner does not own.
(physical_attributes_clause::=, table_compression::=, LOB_storage_clause::=, modify_LOB_storage_clause::=, alter_table_partitioning ::= (part of
TABLE), parallel_clause::=, logging_clause::=, allocate_extent_clause::=, alter_iot_clauses::=, scoped_table_ref_constraint::=, alter_mv_refresh::=)
mapping_table_clause: not supported with materialized views,
key_compression: not supported with materialized views, index_org_overflow_clause::=)
Specify the schema containing the materialized view. If you omit
schema, then Oracle Database assumes the materialized view is in your own schema.
Specify the name of the materialized view to be altered.
Specify new values for the
INITRANS parameters (or, when used in the
INDEX clause, for the
INITRANS parameter only) and the storage characteristics for the materialized view. Refer to ALTER TABLE for information on the
INITRANS parameters and to storage_clause for information about storage characteristics.
table_compression clause to instruct Oracle Database whether to compress data segments to reduce disk and memory use. Refer to the table_compression clause of
TABLE for the full semantics of this clause.
LOB_storage_clause lets you specify the storage characteristics of a new LOB. LOB storage behaves for materialized views exactly as it does for tables. Refer to the LOB_storage_clause (in
TABLE) for information on the LOB storage parameters.
modify_LOB_storage_clause lets you modify the physical attributes of the LOB attribute
LOB_item or the LOB object attribute. Modification of LOB storage behaves for materialized views exactly as it does for tables.
See Also:The modify_LOB_storage_clause of
TABLEfor information on the LOB storage parameters that can be modified
The syntax and general functioning of the partitioning clauses for materialized views is the same as for partitioned tables. Refer to alter_table_partitioning in the documentation for
Note:If you want to keep the contents of the materialized view synchronized with those of the master table, then Oracle recommends that you manually perform a complete refresh of all materialized views dependent on the table after dropping or truncating a table partition.
parallel_clause lets you change the default degree of parallelism for the materialized view.
For complete information on this clause, refer to parallel_clause in the documentation on
Specify or change the logging characteristics of the materialized view. Refer to the logging_clause for a full description of this clause.
allocate_extent_clause lets you explicitly allocate a new extent for the materialized view. Refer to the allocate_extent_clause for a full description of this clause.
Use this clause to compact the materialized view segments. For complete information on this clause, refer to shrink_clause in the documentation on
For data that will be accessed frequently,
CACHE specifies that the blocks retrieved for this table are placed at the most recently used end of the LRU list in the buffer cache when a full table scan is performed. This attribute is useful for small lookup tables.
NOCACHE specifies that the blocks are placed at the least recently used end of the LRU list. Refer to "CACHE | NOCACHE | CACHE READS" in the documentation on
TABLE for more information about this clause.
alter_iot_clauses to change the characteristics of an index-organized materialized view. The keywords and parameters of the components of the
alter_iot_clauses have the same semantics as in
TABLE, with the restrictions that follow.
See Also:index_org_table_clause of
VIEWfor information on creating an index-organized materialized view
Use this clause to change the value of
STORAGE parameters for the index Oracle Database uses to maintain the materialized view data.
scoped_table_ref_constraint clause to rescope a
REF column or attribute to a new table or to an alias for a new column.
alter_mv_refresh clause to change the default method and mode and the default times for automatic refreshes. If the contents of the master tables of a materialized view are modified, then the data in the materialized view must be updated to make the materialized view accurately reflect the data currently in its master table(s). This clause lets you schedule the times and specify the method and mode for Oracle Database to refresh the materialized view.
Note:This clause only sets the default refresh options. For instructions on actually implementing the refresh, refer to Oracle Database Advanced Replication and Oracle Database Data Warehousing Guide.
FAST for the incremental refresh method, which performs the refresh according to the changes that have occurred to the master tables. The changes are stored either in the materialized view log associated with the master table (for conventional DML changes) or in the direct loader log (for direct-path
For both conventional DML changes and for direct-path
INSERT operations, other conditions may restrict the eligibility of a materialized view for fast refresh.
When you specify
FAST refresh at create time, Oracle Database verifies that the materialized view you are creating is eligible for fast refresh. When you change the refresh method to
FAST in an
VIEW statement, Oracle Database does not perform this verification. If the materialized view is not eligible for fast refresh, then Oracle Database returns an error when you attempt to refresh this view.
Materialized views are not eligible for fast refresh if the defining query contains an analytic function.
You cannot fast refresh a materialized view if any of its columns is encrypted.
See Also:"Analytic Functions"
COMPLETE for the complete refresh method, which is implemented by executing the defining query of the materialized view. If you specify a complete refresh, then Oracle Database performs a complete refresh even if a fast refresh is possible.
See Also:"Complete Refresh: Example"
FORCE if, when a refresh occurs, you want Oracle Database to perform a fast refresh if one is possible or a complete refresh otherwise.
COMMIT if you want a fast refresh to occur whenever Oracle Database commits a transaction that operates on a master table of the materialized view.
DEMAND if you want the materialized view to be refreshed on demand by calling one of the three
DBMS_MVIEW refresh procedures. If you omit both
DEMAND is the default.
If you specify
DEMAND, then you cannot also specify
Oracle Database PL/SQL Packages and Types Reference for information on these procedures
Oracle Database Data Warehousing Guide on the types of materialized views you can create by specifying
date to indicate a date for the first automatic refresh time.
NEXT to indicate a date expression for calculating the interval between automatic refreshes.
NEXT values must evaluate to a time in the future. If you omit the
WITH value, then Oracle Database determines the first automatic refresh time by evaluating the
NEXT expression with respect to the creation time of the materialized view. If you specify a
WITH value but omit the
NEXT value, then Oracle Database refreshes the materialized view only once. If you omit both the
NEXT values, or if you omit the
alter_mv_refresh entirely, then Oracle Database does not automatically refresh the materialized view.
KEY to change a rowid materialized view to a primary key materialized view. Primary key materialized views allow materialized view master tables to be reorganized without affecting the ability of the materialized view to continue to fast refresh.
For you to specify this clause, the master table must contain an enabled primary key constraint and must have defined on it a materialized view log that logs primary key information.
This clause is not valid if your database is in automatic undo mode, because in that mode Oracle Database uses undo tablespaces instead of rollback segments. Oracle strongly recommends that you use automatic undo mode. This clause is supported for backward compatibility with replication environments containing older versions of Oracle Database that still use rollback segments.
For complete information on this clause, refer to
VIEW ... "USING ROLLBACK SEGMENT Clause".
This clause has the same semantics in
VIEW statements. For complete information, refer to "USING ... CONSTRAINTS Clause" in the documentation on
Use this clause to determine whether the materialized view is eligible to be used for query rewrite.
ENABLE to enable the materialized view for query rewrite.
See Also:"Enabling Query Rewrite: Example"
If the materialized view is in an invalid or unusable state, then it is not eligible for query rewrite in spite of the
You cannot enable query rewrite if the materialized view was created totally or in part from a view.
You can enable query rewrite only if all user-defined functions in the materialized view are
See Also:CREATE FUNCTION
You can enable query rewrite only if expressions in the statement are repeatable. For example, you cannot include
See Also:Oracle Database Data Warehousing Guide for more information on query rewrite
DISABLE if you do not want the materialized view to be eligible for use by query rewrite. If a materialized view is in the invalid state, then it is not eligible for use by query rewrite, whether or not it is disabled. However, a disabled materialized view can be refreshed.
COMPILE to explicitly revalidate a materialized view. If an object upon which the materialized view depends is dropped or altered, then the materialized view remains accessible, but it is invalid for query rewrite. You can use this clause to explicitly revalidate the materialized view to make it eligible for query rewrite.
If the materialized view fails to revalidate, then it cannot be refreshed or used for query rewrite.
See Also:"Compiling a Materialized View: Example"
This clause lets you manage the staleness state of a materialized view after changes have been made to its master tables.
FRESH directs Oracle Database to consider the materialized view fresh and therefore eligible for query rewrite in the
STALE_TOLERATED modes. Because Oracle Database cannot guarantee the freshness of the materialized view, query rewrite in
ENFORCED mode is not supported. This clause also sets the staleness state of the materialized view to
UNKNOWN. The staleness state is displayed in the
STALENESS column of the
USER_MVIEWS data dictionary views.
A materialized view is stale if changes have been made to the contents of any of its master tables. This clause directs Oracle Database to assume that the materialized view is fresh and that no such changes have been made. Therefore, actual updates to those tables pending refresh are purged with respect to the materialized view.
Automatic Refresh: Examples The following statement changes the default refresh method for the
sales_by_month_by_state materialized view (created in "Creating Materialized Aggregate Views: Example") to
ALTER MATERIALIZED VIEW sales_by_month_by_state REFRESH FAST;
The next automatic refresh of the materialized view will be a fast refresh provided it is a simple materialized view and its master table has a materialized view log that was created before the materialized view was created or last refreshed.
REFRESH clause does not specify
NEXT values, Oracle Database will use the refresh intervals established by the
REFRESH clause when the
sales_by_month_by_state materialized view was created or last altered.
The following statement establishes a new interval between automatic refreshes for the
sales_by_month_by_state materialized view:
ALTER MATERIALIZED VIEW sales_by_month_by_state REFRESH NEXT SYSDATE+7;
REFRESH does not specify a
WITH value, so the next automatic refresh occurs at the time established by the
NEXT values specified when the
sales_by_month_by_state materialized view was created or last altered.
At the time of the next automatic refresh, Oracle Database refreshes the materialized view, evaluates the
SYSDATE+7 to determine the next automatic refresh time, and continues to refresh the materialized view automatically once a week. Because the
REFRESH clause does not explicitly specify a refresh method, Oracle Database continues to use the refresh method specified by the
REFRESH clause of the
VIEW or most recent
CONSIDER FRESH: Example The following statement instructs Oracle Database that materialized view
sales_by_month_by_state should be considered fresh. This statement allows
sales_by_month_by_state to be eligible for query rewrite in
TRUSTED mode even after you have performed partition maintenance operations on the master tables of
ALTER MATERIALIZED VIEW sales_by_month_by_state CONSIDER FRESH;
See Also:"Splitting Table Partitions: Examples" for a partitioning maintenance example that would require this
Complete Refresh: Example The following statement specifies a new refresh method, a new
NEXT refresh time, and a new interval between automatic refreshes of the
emp_data materialized view (created in "Periodic Refresh of Materialized Views: Example"):
ALTER MATERIALIZED VIEW emp_data REFRESH COMPLETE START WITH TRUNC(SYSDATE+1) + 9/24 NEXT SYSDATE+7;
WITH value establishes the next automatic refresh for the materialized view to be 9:00 a.m. tomorrow. At that point, Oracle Database performs a complete refresh of the materialized view, evaluates the
NEXT expression, and subsequently refreshes the materialized view every week.
ALTER MATERIALIZED VIEW emp_data ENABLE QUERY REWRITE;
Primary Key Materialized View: Example The following statement changes the rowid materialized view
order_data (created in "Creating Rowid Materialized Views: Example") to a primary key materialized view. This example requires that you have already defined a materialized view log with a primary key on
ALTER MATERIALIZED VIEW order_data REFRESH WITH PRIMARY KEY;
ALTER MATERIALIZED VIEW order_data COMPILE;