A tablespace is a database storage unit that groups related logical structures together. The database data files are stored in tablespaces.
You can follow guidelines for working with tablespaces.
Using multiple tablespaces allows you more flexibility in performing database operations.
When a database has multiple tablespaces, you can:
Separate user data from data dictionary data to reduce I/O contention.
Separate data of one application from the data of another to prevent multiple applications from being affected if a tablespace must be taken offline.
Store the data files of different tablespaces on different disk drives to reduce I/O contention.
Take individual tablespaces offline while others remain online, providing better overall availability.
Optimizing tablespace use by reserving a tablespace for a particular type of database use, such as high update activity, read-only activity, or temporary segment storage.
Back up individual tablespaces.
Some operating systems set a limit on the number of files that can be open simultaneously. Such limits can affect the number of tablespaces that can be simultaneously online. To avoid exceeding your operating system limit, plan your tablespaces efficiently. Create only enough tablespaces to fulfill your needs, and create these tablespaces with as few files as possible. If you must increase the size of a tablespace, then add one or two large data files, or create data files with autoextension enabled, rather than creating many small data files.
Review your data in light of these factors and decide how many tablespaces you need for your database design.
Grant to users who will be creating tables, clusters, materialized views, indexes, and other objects the privilege to create the object and a quota (space allowance or limit) in the tablespace intended to hold the object segment.
For PL/SQL objects such as packages, procedures, and functions, users only need the privileges to create the objects. No explicit tablespace quota is required to create these PL/SQL objects.
Oracle Database Security Guide for information about creating users and assigning tablespace quotas.
You create a tablespace to group related logical structures, such as tables and indexes, together. The database data files are stored in tablespaces.
To create a new tablespace, use the SQL statement
CREATE TABLESPACE or
CREATE TEMPORARY TABLESPACE. You must have the
CREATE TABLESPACE system privilege to create a tablespace.
Before you can create a tablespace, you must create a database to contain it. The primary tablespace in any database is the
SYSTEM tablespace, which contains information basic to the functioning of the database server, such as the data dictionary and the system rollback segment. The
SYSTEM tablespace is the first tablespace created at database creation. It is managed as any other tablespace, but requires a higher level of privilege and is restricted in some ways. For example, you cannot rename or drop the
SYSTEM tablespace or take it offline.
SYSAUX tablespace, which acts as an auxiliary tablespace to the
SYSTEM tablespace, is also always created when you create a database. It contains the schemas used by various Oracle products and features, so that those products do not require their own tablespaces. As for the
SYSTEM tablespace, management of the
SYSAUX tablespace requires a higher level of security and you cannot rename or drop it. The management of the
SYSAUX tablespace is discussed separately in "Managing the SYSAUX Tablespace".
The steps for creating tablespaces vary by operating system, but the first step is always to use your operating system to create a directory structure in which your data files will be allocated. On most operating systems, you specify the size and fully specified filenames of data files when you create a new tablespace or alter an existing tablespace by adding data files. Whether you are creating a new tablespace or modifying an existing one, the database automatically allocates and formats the data files as specified.
You can also use the
CREATE UNDO TABLESPACE statement to create a special type of tablespace called an undo tablespace, which is specifically designed to contain undo records. These are records generated by the database that are used to roll back, or undo, changes to the database for recovery, read consistency, or as requested by a
ROLLBACK statement. Creating and managing undo tablespaces is the subject of Managing Undo .
You can use the
ALTER TABLESPACE or
ALTER DATABASE statements to alter the tablespace. You must have the
ALTER TABLESPACE or
ALTER DATABASE system privilege, correspondingly.
Creating and Configuring an Oracle Database and your Oracle Database installation documentation for your operating system for information about tablespaces that are created at database creation
Oracle Database SQL Language Reference for more information about the syntax and semantics of the
CREATE TEMPORARY TABLESPACE,
ALTER TABLESPACE, and
ALTER DATABASE statements.
"Specifying Database Block Sizes" for information about initialization parameters necessary to create tablespaces with nonstandard block sizes
A locally managed tablespace uses a bitmap stored in each data file to manage the extents.
Locally managed tablespaces track all extent information in the tablespace itself by using bitmaps.
Locally managed tablespaces provide the following benefits:
Fast, concurrent space operations. Space allocations and deallocations modify locally managed resources (bitmaps stored in header files).
Readable standby databases are allowed, because locally managed temporary tablespaces do not generate any undo or redo.
Space allocation is simplified, because when the
AUTOALLOCATE clause is specified, the database automatically selects the appropriate extent size.
User reliance on the data dictionary is reduced, because the necessary information is stored in file headers and bitmap blocks.
Coalescing free extents is unnecessary for locally managed tablespaces.
DBMS_SPACE_ADMIN package provides maintenance procedures for locally managed tablespaces.
"Bigfile Tablespaces" for information about creating another type of locally managed tablespace that contains only a single data file or temp file.
Oracle Database PL/SQL Packages and Types Reference for information on the
Create a locally managed tablespace by specifying
LOCAL in the
EXTENT MANAGEMENT clause of the
CREATE TABLESPACE statement.
This is the default for new permanent tablespaces, but you must specify the
LOCAL clause to specify either the
AUTOALLOCATE clause or the
UNIFORM clause. You can have the database manage extents for you automatically with the
AUTOALLOCATE clause (the default), or you can specify that the tablespace is managed with uniform extents of a specific size (
If you expect the tablespace to contain objects of varying sizes requiring many extents with different extent sizes, then
AUTOALLOCATE is the best choice.
AUTOALLOCATE is also a good choice if it is not important for you to have a lot of control over space allocation and deallocation, because it simplifies tablespace management. Some space may be wasted with this setting, but the benefit of having Oracle Database manage your space most likely outweighs this drawback.
If you want exact control over unused space, and you can predict exactly the space to be allocated for an object or objects and the number and size of extents, then
UNIFORM is a good choice. This setting ensures that you will never have unusable space in your tablespace.
When you do not explicitly specify the type of extent management, Oracle Database determines extent management as follows:
CREATE TABLESPACE statement omits the
DEFAULT storage clause, then the database creates a locally managed autoallocated tablespace.
CREATE TABLESPACE statement includes a
DEFAULT storage clause, then the database considers the following:
If you specified the
MINIMUM EXTENT clause, the database evaluates whether the values of
NEXT are equal and the value of
PCTINCREASE is 0. If so, the database creates a locally managed uniform tablespace with extent size =
INITIAL. If the
NEXT parameters are not equal, or if
PCTINCREASE is not 0, then the database ignores any extent storage parameters you may specify and creates a locally managed, autoallocated tablespace.
If you did not specify
MINIMUM EXTENT clause, then the database evaluates only whether the storage values of
NEXT are equal and
PCTINCREASE is 0. If so, the tablespace is locally managed and uniform. Otherwise, the tablespace is locally managed and autoallocated.
For example, the following statement creates a locally managed tablespace named
lmtbsb and specifies
CREATE TABLESPACE lmtbsb DATAFILE '/u02/oracle/data/lmtbsb01.dbf' SIZE 50M EXTENT MANAGEMENT LOCAL AUTOALLOCATE;
AUTOALLOCATE causes the tablespace to be system managed with a minimum extent size of 64K.
The alternative to
UNIFORM. which specifies that the tablespace is managed with extents of uniform size. You can specify that size in the
SIZE clause of
UNIFORM. If you omit
SIZE, then the default size is 1M.
The following example creates a tablespace with uniform 128K extents. (In a database with 2K blocks, each extent would be equivalent to 64 database blocks). Each 128K extent is represented by a bit in the extent bitmap for this file.
CREATE TABLESPACE lmtbsb DATAFILE '/u02/oracle/data/lmtbsb01.dbf' SIZE 50M EXTENT MANAGEMENT LOCAL UNIFORM SIZE 128K;
You cannot specify the
DEFAULT storage clause,
MINIMUM EXTENT, or
TEMPORARY when you explicitly specify
EXTENT MANAGEMENT LOCAL. To create a temporary locally managed tablespace, use the
CREATE TEMPORARY TABLESPACE statement.
When you allocate a data file for a locally managed tablespace, you should allow space for metadata used for space management (the extent bitmap or space header segment) which are part of user space. For example, if you specify the
UNIFORM clause in the extent management clause but you omit the
SIZE parameter, then the default extent size is 1MB. In that case, the size specified for the data file must be larger (at least one block plus space for the bitmap) than 1MB.
In a locally managed tablespace, there are two methods that Oracle Database can use to manage segment space: automatic and manual.
Manual segment space management uses linked lists called "freelists" to manage free space in the segment, while automatic segment space management uses bitmaps. Automatic segment space management is the more efficient method, and is the default for all new permanent, locally managed tablespaces.
Automatic segment space management delivers better space utilization than manual segment space management. It is also self-tuning, in that it scales with increasing number of users or instances. In an Oracle Real Application Clusters environment, automatic segment space management allows for a dynamic affinity of space to instances. In addition, for many standard workloads, application performance with automatic segment space management is better than the performance of a well-tuned application using manual segment space management.
Although automatic segment space management is the default for all new permanent, locally managed tablespaces, you can explicitly enable it with the
SEGMENT SPACE MANAGEMENT AUTO clause.
For example, the following statement creates tablespace
lmtbsb with automatic segment space management:
CREATE TABLESPACE lmtbsb DATAFILE '/u02/oracle/data/lmtbsb01.dbf' SIZE 50M EXTENT MANAGEMENT LOCAL SEGMENT SPACE MANAGEMENT AUTO;
SEGMENT SPACE MANAGEMENT MANUAL clause disables automatic segment space management.
The segment space management that you specify at tablespace creation time applies to all segments subsequently created in the tablespace. You cannot change the segment space management mode of a tablespace.
If you set extent management to
UNIFORM, then you must ensure that each extent contains at least 5 database blocks.
If you set extent management to
AUTOALLOCATE, and if the database block size is 16K or greater, then Oracle manages segment space by creating extents with a minimum size of 5 blocks rounded up to 64K.
You cannot specify automatic segment space management for the
Locally managed tablespaces using automatic segment space management can be created as single-file or bigfile tablespaces, as described in "Bigfile Tablespaces".
Bigfile tablespaces can increase the storage capacity of a database and reduce the burden of managing many data files and temp files.
A bigfile tablespace is a tablespace with a single, but potentially very large (up to 4G blocks) data file. Traditional smallfile tablespaces, in contrast, can contain multiple data files, but the files cannot be as large.
The benefits of bigfile tablespaces are the following:
A bigfile tablespace with 8K blocks can contain a 32 terabyte data file. A bigfile tablespace with 32K blocks can contain a 128 terabyte data file. The maximum number of data files in an Oracle Database is limited (usually to 64K files). Therefore, bigfile tablespaces can significantly enhance the storage capacity of an Oracle Database.
Bigfile tablespaces can reduce the number of data files needed for a database. An additional benefit is that the
DB_FILES initialization parameter and
MAXDATAFILES parameter of the
CREATE DATABASE and
CREATE CONTROLFILE statements can be adjusted to reduce the amount of SGA space required for data file information and the size of the control file.
Bigfile tablespaces simplify database management by providing data file transparency. SQL syntax for the
TABLESPACE statement lets you perform operations on tablespaces, rather than the underlying individual data files.
Bigfile tablespaces are supported only for locally managed tablespaces with automatic segment space management, with three exceptions: locally managed undo tablespaces, temporary tablespaces, and the
Bigfile tablespaces are intended to be used with Automatic Storage Management (Oracle ASM) or other logical volume managers that supports striping or RAID, and dynamically extensible logical volumes.
Avoid creating bigfile tablespaces on a system that does not support striping because of negative implications for parallel query execution and RMAN backup parallelization.
Using bigfile tablespaces on platforms that do not support large file sizes is not recommended and can limit tablespace capacity. See your operating system specific documentation for information about maximum supported file sizes.
To create a bigfile tablespace, specify the
BIGFILE keyword of the
TABLESPACE statement (
Oracle Database automatically creates a locally managed tablespace with automatic segment space management. You can, but need not, specify
AUTO in this statement. However, the database returns an error if you specify
MANUAL. The remaining syntax of the statement is the same as for the
CREATE TABLESPACE statement, but you can only specify one data file. For example:
CREATE BIGFILE TABLESPACE bigtbs DATAFILE '/u02/oracle/data/bigtbs01.dbf' SIZE 50G ...
You can specify
SIZE in kilobytes (K), megabytes (M), gigabytes (G), or terabytes (T).
If the default tablespace type was set to
BIGFILE at database creation, you need not specify the keyword
BIGFILE in the
CREATE TABLESPACE statement. A bigfile tablespace is created by default.
If the default tablespace type was set to
BIGFILE at database creation, but you want to create a traditional (smallfile) tablespace, then specify a
TABLESPACE statement to override the default tablespace type for the tablespace that you are creating.
You can query a set of data dictionary views for information about bigfile tablespaces.
The following views contain a
BIGFILE column that identifies a tablespace as a bigfile tablespace:
Query these views for information about bigfile tablespaces.
You can also identify a bigfile tablespace by the relative file number of its single data file. That number is 1024 on most platforms, but 4096 on OS/390.
When you create a tablespace, you can specify that all tables created in a tablespace are compressed by default.
When you create a tablespace, you can specify the default compression of data for all tables created in the tablespace. Compressing table data can reduce disk use.
When you create a compressed tablespace, you specify the type of table compression using the
DEFAULT keyword, followed by one of the compression type clauses used when creating a table.
The following statement indicates that all tables created in the tablespace are to use advanced row compression, unless otherwise specified:
CREATE TABLESPACE ... DEFAULT ROW STORE COMPRESS ADVANCED ... ;
You can override the default tablespace compression specification when you create a table in that tablespace.
You can encrypt any permanent tablespace to protect sensitive data.
Encrypted tablespaces primarily protect your data from unauthorized access by means other than through the database. For example, when encrypted tablespaces are written to backup media for travel from one Oracle database to another or for travel to an off-site facility for storage, they remain encrypted.
Also, encrypted tablespaces protect data from users who try to circumvent the security features of the database and access database files directly through the operating system file system. Tablespace encryption is completely transparent to your applications, so no application modification is necessary.
Tablespace encryption does not address all security issues. It does not, for example, provide access control from within the database. Any user who is granted privileges on objects stored in an encrypted tablespace can access those objects without providing any kind of additional password or key.
When you encrypt a tablespace, all tablespace blocks are encrypted. All segment types are supported for encryption, including tables, clusters, indexes, LOBs (
SECUREFILE), table and index partitions, and so on.
There is no need to use LOB encryption on
SECUREFILE LOBs stored in an encrypted tablespace.
To maximize security, data from an encrypted tablespace is automatically encrypted when written to the undo tablespace, to the redo logs, and to any temporary tablespace. There is no need to explicitly create encrypted undo or temporary tablespaces, and in fact, you cannot specify encryption for those tablespace types.
For partitioned tables and indexes that have different partitions in different tablespaces, it is permitted to use both encrypted and non-encrypted tablespaces in the same table or index.
Tablespace encryption uses the Transparent Data Encryption feature of Oracle Database, which requires that you create a keystore to store the master encryption key for the database. The keystore must be open before you can create the encrypted tablespace and before you can store or retrieve encrypted data. When you open the keystore, it is available to all session, and it remains open until you explicitly close it or until the database is shut down.
Transparent Data Encryption supports industry-standard encryption algorithms, including the following Advanced Encryption Standard (AES) and Triple Data Encryption Standard (3DES) algorithms:
The encryption key length is implied by the algorithm name. For example, the AES128 algorithm uses 128-bit keys. You specify the algorithm to use when you create the tablespace, and different tablespaces can use different algorithms. Although longer key lengths theoretically provide greater security, there is a trade-off in CPU overhead. If you do not specify the algorithm in your
TABLESPACE statement, AES128 is the default. There is no disk space overhead for encrypting a tablespace.
The following are restrictions for encrypted tablespaces:
You cannot encrypt an existing tablespace with an
TABLESPACE statement. However, you can use Data Pump or SQL statements such as
MOVE to move existing table data into an encrypted tablespace.
Encrypted tablespaces are subject to restrictions when transporting to another database. See "General Limitations on Transporting Data".
When recovering a database with encrypted tablespaces (for example after a
ABORT or a catastrophic error that brings down the database instance), you must open the keystore after database mount and before database open, so the recovery process can decrypt data blocks and redo.
In addition, see Oracle Database Advanced Security Guide for general restrictions for Transparent Data Encryption.
Oracle Database 2 Day + Security Guide for more information about Transparent Data Encryption and for instructions for creating and opening keystores
"Consider Encrypting Columns That Contain Sensitive Data" for an alternative to encrypting an entire tablespace
Oracle Real Application Clusters Administration and Deployment Guide for information on using a keystore in an Oracle Real Application Clusters environment
Oracle Database SQL Language Reference for information about the
You can create encrypted tablespaces to protect your data from unauthorized access.
To encrypt a tablespace, you must open the database with the
COMPATIBLE initialization parameter set to
11.1.0 or higher. Any user who can create a tablespace can create an encrypted tablespace.
To create an encrypted tablespace:
CREATE TABLESPACE statement with an
The following statement creates an encrypted tablespace with the default encryption algorithm:
CREATE TABLESPACE securespace DATAFILE '/u01/app/oracle/oradata/orcl/secure01.dbf' SIZE 100M ENCRYPTION DEFAULT STORAGE(ENCRYPT);
The following statement creates the same tablespace with the AES256 algorithm:
CREATE TABLESPACE securespace DATAFILE '/u01/app/oracle/oradata/orcl/secure01.dbf' SIZE 100M ENCRYPTION USING 'AES256' DEFAULT STORAGE(ENCRYPT);
You can query the
USER_TABLESPACES data dictionary views for information about encrypted tablespaces.
USER_TABLESPACES data dictionary views include a column named
ENCRYPTED. This column contains
YES for encrypted tablespaces.
V$ENCRYPTED_TABLESPACES lists all currently encrypted tablespaces. The following query displays the name and encryption algorithm of encrypted tablespaces:
SELECT t.name, e.encryptionalg algorithm FROM v$tablespace t, v$encrypted_tablespaces e WHERE t.ts# = e.ts#; NAME ALGORITHM ------------------------------ --------- SECURESPACE AES256
Temporary tablespaces can improve the concurrency of multiple sort operations that do not fit in memory. These tablespaces also improve the efficiency of space management operations during sorts.
A temporary tablespace contains transient data that persists only for the duration of the session. Temporary tablespaces can improve the concurrency of multiple sort operations that do not fit in memory and can improve the efficiency of space management operations during sorts.
Temporary tablespaces are used to store the following:
Intermediate sort results
Temporary tables and temporary indexes
Within a temporary tablespace, all sort operations for a particular instance share a single sort segment, and sort segments exist for every instance that performs sort operations that require temporary space. A sort segment is created by the first statement after startup that uses the temporary tablespace for sorting, and is released only at shutdown.
By default, a single temporary tablespace named
TEMP is created for each new Oracle Database installation. You can create additional temporary tablespaces with the
TABLESPACE statement. You can assign a temporary tablespace to each database user with the
CREATE USER or
ALTER USER statement. A single temporary tablespace can be shared by multiple users.
You cannot explicitly create objects in a temporary tablespace.
The exception to the preceding statement is a temporary table. When you create a temporary table, its rows are stored in your default temporary tablespace, unless you create the table in a new temporary tablespace. See "Creating a Temporary Table" for more information.
Default Temporary Tablespace
Users who are not explicitly assigned a temporary tablespace use the database default temporary tablespace, which for new installations is
TEMP. You can change the default temporary tablespace for the database with the following command:
ALTER DATABASE DEFAULT TEMPORARY TABLESPACE tablespace_name;
To determine the current default temporary tablespace for the database, run the following query:
SELECT PROPERTY_NAME, PROPERTY_VALUE FROM DATABASE_PROPERTIES WHERE PROPERTY_NAME='DEFAULT_TEMP_TABLESPACE'; PROPERTY_NAME PROPERTY_VALUE -------------------------- ------------------------------ DEFAULT_TEMP_TABLESPACE TEMP
Space Allocation in a Temporary Tablespace
You can view the allocation and deallocation of space in a temporary tablespace sort segment using the
V$SORT_SEGMENT view. The
V$TEMPSEG_USAGE view identifies the current sort users in those segments.
When a sort operation that uses temporary space completes, allocated extents in the sort segment are not deallocated; they are just marked as free and available for reuse. The
DBA_TEMP_FREE_SPACE view displays the total allocated and free space in each temporary tablespace. See "Viewing Space Usage for Temporary Tablespaces" for more information. You can manually shrink a locally managed temporary tablespace that has a large amount of unused space. See "Shrinking a Locally Managed Temporary Tablespace" for details.
Oracle Database Security Guide for information about creating users and assigning temporary tablespaces
Oracle Database Concepts for more information about the default temporary tablespace
Oracle Database Reference for more information about the
Oracle Database Performance Tuning Guide for a discussion on tuning sorts
Because space management is much simpler and more efficient in locally managed tablespaces, they are ideally suited for temporary tablespaces.
Locally managed temporary tablespaces use temp files, which do not modify data outside of the temporary tablespace or generate any redo for temporary tablespace data. Because of this, they enable you to perform on-disk sorting operations in a read-only or standby database.
You also use different views for viewing information about temp files than you would for data files. The
DBA_TEMP_FILES views are analogous to the
To create a locally managed temporary tablespace, you use the
CREATE TEMPORARY TABLESPACE statement, which requires that you have the
CREATE TABLESPACE system privilege.
The following statement creates a temporary tablespace in which each extent is 16M. Each 16M extent (which is the equivalent of 8000 blocks when the standard block size is 2K) is represented by a bit in the bitmap for the file.
CREATE TEMPORARY TABLESPACE lmtemp TEMPFILE '/u02/oracle/data/lmtemp01.dbf' SIZE 20M REUSE EXTENT MANAGEMENT LOCAL UNIFORM SIZE 16M;
The extent management clause is optional for temporary tablespaces because all temporary tablespaces are created with locally managed extents of a uniform size. If an extent size is specified in the
EXTENT SIZE clause, then it is used. If it is not specified, then, Oracle Database uses the tablespace size and file sizes to determine the default extent size.
On some operating systems, the database does not allocate space for the temp file until the temp file blocks are actually accessed. This delay in space allocation results in faster creation and resizing of temp files, but it requires that sufficient disk space is available when the temp files are later used. See your operating system documentation to determine whether the database allocates temp file space in this way on your system.
Just as for regular tablespaces, you can create single-file (bigfile) temporary tablespaces.
To create a bigfile temporary tablespace:
CREATE BIGFILE TEMPORARY TABLESPACE statement to create a single-temp file tablespace.
See the sections "Creating a Bigfile Tablespace" and "Altering a Bigfile Tablespace" for information about bigfile tablespaces, but consider that you are creating temporary tablespaces that use temp files instead of data files.
DBA_TEMP_FREE_SPACE dictionary view contains information about space usage for each temporary tablespace.
The information includes the space allocated and the free space. You can query this view for these statistics using the following statement:
SELECT * from DBA_TEMP_FREE_SPACE; TABLESPACE_NAME TABLESPACE_SIZE ALLOCATED_SPACE FREE_SPACE ----------------------------------- --------------- --------------- ---------- TEMP 250609664 250609664 249561088
A temporary tablespace group is a tablespace group that is assigned as the default temporary tablespace for the database.
A tablespace group enables a user to consume temporary space from multiple tablespaces. Using a tablespace group, rather than a single temporary tablespace, can alleviate problems caused where one tablespace is inadequate to hold the results of a sort, particularly on a table that has many partitions. A tablespace group enables parallel execution servers in a single parallel operation to use multiple temporary tablespaces.
A tablespace group has the following characteristics:
It contains at least one tablespace. There is no explicit limit on the maximum number of tablespaces that are contained in a group.
It shares the namespace of tablespaces, so its name cannot be the same as any tablespace.
You can specify a tablespace group name wherever a tablespace name would appear when you assign a default temporary tablespace for the database or a temporary tablespace for a user.
You do not explicitly create a tablespace group. Rather, it is created implicitly when you assign the first temporary tablespace to the group. The group is deleted when the last temporary tablespace it contains is removed from it.
DBA_TABLESPACE_GROUPS lists tablespace groups and their member tablespaces.
Oracle Database Security Guide for more information about assigning a temporary tablespace or tablespace group to a user
You create a tablespace group implicitly when you include the
TABLESPACE GROUP clause in the
CREATE TEMPORARY TABLESPACE or
ALTER TABLESPACE statement and the specified tablespace group does not currently exist.
For example, if neither
group2 exists, then the following statements create those groups, each of which has only the specified tablespace as a member:
CREATE TEMPORARY TABLESPACE lmtemp2 TEMPFILE '/u02/oracle/data/lmtemp201.dbf' SIZE 50M TABLESPACE GROUP group1; ALTER TABLESPACE lmtemp TABLESPACE GROUP group2;
You can add a tablespace to an existing tablespace group by specifying the existing group name in the
TABLESPACE GROUP clause of the
CREATE TEMPORARY TABLESPACE or
ALTER TABLESPACE statement.
For example, the following statement adds a tablespace to an existing group. It creates and adds tablespace
group1, so that
group1 contains tablespaces
CREATE TEMPORARY TABLESPACE lmtemp3 TEMPFILE '/u02/oracle/data/lmtemp301.dbf' SIZE 25M TABLESPACE GROUP group1;
The following statement also adds a tablespace to an existing group, but in this case because tablespace
lmtemp2 already belongs to
group1, it is in effect moved from
ALTER TABLESPACE lmtemp2 TABLESPACE GROUP group2;
group2 contains both
group1 consists of only
You can remove a tablespace from a group as shown in the following statement:
ALTER TABLESPACE lmtemp3 TABLESPACE GROUP '';
lmtemp3 no longer belongs to any group. Further, since there are no longer any members of
group1, this results in the implicit deletion of
TABLESPACE statement to assign a tablespace group as the default temporary tablespace for the database.
ALTER DATABASE DEFAULT TEMPORARY TABLESPACE group2;
Any user who has not explicitly been assigned a temporary tablespace will now use tablespaces
If a tablespace group is specified as the default temporary tablespace, you cannot drop any of its member tablespaces. You must first remove the tablespace from the tablespace group. Likewise, you cannot drop a single temporary tablespace as long as it is the default temporary tablespace.
You can enable a tablespace for the In-Memory Column Store during tablespace creation or by altering a tablespace. When this enable a tablespace for the In-Memory Column Store, all tables in the tablespace are enabled for the In-Memory Column Store by default.
This feature is available starting with Oracle Database 12c Release 1 (22.214.171.124).
The In-Memory Column Store is an optional portion of the system global area (SGA) that stores copies of tables, table partitions, and other database objects that is optimized for rapid scans. In the In-Memory Column Store, table data is stored by column rather than row in the SGA.
You can create tablespaces with block sizes different from the standard database block size, which is specified by the
DB_BLOCK_SIZE initialization parameter. This feature lets you transport tablespaces with unlike block sizes between databases.
To create a tablespace with a block size different from the database standard block size:
BLOCKSIZE clause of the
CREATE TABLESPACE statement.
In order for the
BLOCKSIZE clause to succeed, you must have already set the
DB_CACHE_SIZE and at least one
DB_nK_CACHE_SIZE initialization parameter. Further, and the integer you specify in the
BLOCKSIZE clause must correspond with the setting of one
DB_nK_CACHE_SIZE parameter setting. Although redundant, specifying a
BLOCKSIZE equal to the standard block size, as specified by the
DB_BLOCK_SIZE initialization parameter, is allowed.
The following statement creates tablespace
lmtbsb, but specifies a block size that differs from the standard database block size (as specified by the
DB_BLOCK_SIZE initialization parameter):
CREATE TABLESPACE lmtbsb DATAFILE '/u02/oracle/data/lmtbsb01.dbf' SIZE 50M EXTENT MANAGEMENT LOCAL UNIFORM SIZE 128K BLOCKSIZE 8K;
"Setting the Buffer Cache Initialization Parameters" for information about the
DB_nK_CACHE_SIZE parameter settings
For some database operations, you can control whether the database generates redo records.
Without redo, no media recovery is possible. However, suppressing redo generation can improve performance, and may be appropriate for easily recoverable operations. An example of such an operation is a
CREATE TABLE...AS SELECT statement, which can be repeated in case of database or instance failure.
To suppress redo when these operations are performed for objects within the tablespace:
NOLOGGING clause in the
CREATE TABLESPACE statement.
If you do not include this clause, or if you specify
LOGGING instead, then the database generates redo when changes are made to objects in the tablespace. Redo is never generated for temporary segments or in temporary tablespaces, regardless of the logging attribute.
The logging attribute specified at the tablespace level is the default attribute for objects created within the tablespace. You can override this default logging attribute by specifying
NOLOGGING at the schema object level--for example, in a
CREATE TABLE statement.
If you have a standby database,
NOLOGGING mode causes problems with the availability and accuracy of the standby database. To overcome this problem, you can specify
FORCE LOGGING mode. When you include the
FORCE LOGGING clause in the
CREATE TABLESPACE statement, you force the generation of redo records for all operations that make changes to objects in a tablespace. This overrides any specification made at the object level.
If you transport a tablespace that is in
FORCE LOGGING mode to another database, the new tablespace will not maintain the
FORCE LOGGING mode.
You can take an online tablespace offline so that it is temporarily unavailable for general use. The rest of the database remains open and available for users to access data. Conversely, you can bring an offline tablespace online to make the schema objects within the tablespace available to database users. The database must be open to alter the availability of a tablespace.
To alter the availability of a tablespace, use the
ALTER TABLESPACE statement. You must have the
ALTER TABLESPACE or
MANAGE TABLESPACE system privilege.
"Altering Data File Availability" for information about altering the availability of individual data files within a tablespace
Taking a tablespace offline makes it unavailable for normal access.
You may want to take a tablespace offline for any of the following reasons:
To make a portion of the database unavailable while allowing normal access to the remainder of the database
To perform an offline tablespace backup (even though a tablespace can be backed up while online and in use)
To make an application and its group of tables temporarily unavailable while updating or maintaining the application
To rename or relocate tablespace data files
See "Renaming and Relocating Data Files" for details.
To take a tablespace offline:
ALTER TABLESPACE statement with the
When a tablespace is taken offline, the database takes all the associated files offline.
You cannot take the following tablespaces offline:
The undo tablespace
Before taking a tablespace offline, consider altering the tablespace allocation of any users who have been assigned the tablespace as a default tablespace. Doing so is advisable because those users will not be able to access objects in the tablespace while it is offline.
You can specify any of the following parameters as part of the
ALTER TABLESPACE...OFFLINE statement:
A tablespace can be taken offline normally if no error conditions exist for any of the data files of the tablespace. No data file in the tablespace can be currently offline as the result of a write error. When you specify
A tablespace can be taken offline temporarily, even if there are error conditions for one or more files of the tablespace. When you specify
If no files are offline, but you use the temporary clause, media recovery is not required to bring the tablespace back online. However, if one or more files of the tablespace are offline because of write errors, and you take the tablespace offline temporarily, the tablespace requires recovery before you can bring it back online.
A tablespace can be taken offline immediately, without the database taking a checkpoint on any of the data files. When you specify
If you must take a tablespace offline, use the
NORMAL clause (the default) if possible. This setting guarantees that the tablespace will not require recovery to come back online, even if after incomplete recovery you reset the redo log sequence using an
ALTER DATABASE OPEN RESETLOGS statement.
TEMPORARY only when you cannot take the tablespace offline normally. In this case, only the files taken offline because of errors need to be recovered before the tablespace can be brought online. Specify
IMMEDIATE only after trying both the normal and temporary settings.
The following example takes the
users tablespace offline normally:
ALTER TABLESPACE users OFFLINE NORMAL;
You can bring any tablespace in an Oracle Database online whenever the database is open. A tablespace is normally online so that the data contained within it is available to database users.
To bring a tablespace online:
ALTER TABLESPACE statement with the
If a tablespace to be brought online was not taken offline "cleanly" (that is, using the
NORMAL clause of the
ALTER TABLESPACE OFFLINE statement), you must first perform media recovery on the tablespace before bringing it online. Otherwise, the database returns an error and the tablespace remains offline.
For example, the following statement brings the
users tablespace online:
ALTER TABLESPACE users ONLINE;
Oracle Database Backup and Recovery User's Guide for information about performing media recovery
A tablespace can be put into read-only mode. This prevents any data stored in it from being updated.
Making a tablespace read-only prevents write operations on the data files in the tablespace.
The primary purpose of read-only tablespaces is to eliminate the need to perform backup and recovery of large, static portions of a database. Read-only tablespaces also provide a way to protecting historical data so that users cannot modify it. Making a tablespace read-only prevents updates on all tables in the tablespace, regardless of a user's update privilege level.
Making a tablespace read-only cannot in itself be used to satisfy archiving or data publishing requirements, because the tablespace can only be brought online in the database in which it was created. However, you can meet such requirements by using the transportable tablespace feature, as described in "Transporting Tablespaces Between Databases".
You can drop items, such as tables or indexes, from a read-only tablespace, but you cannot create or alter objects in a read-only tablespace. You can execute statements that update the file description in the data dictionary, such as
ALTER TABLE...ADD or
ALTER TABLE...MODIFY, but you will not be able to use the new description until the tablespace is made read/write.
Read-only tablespaces can be transported to other databases. And, since read-only tablespaces can never be updated, they can reside on CD-ROM or WORM (Write Once-Read Many) devices.
You can make a tablespace read-only using the
ALTER TABLESPACE statement with the
READ ONLY clause.
All tablespaces are initially created as read/write. You must have the
ALTER TABLESPACE or
MANAGE TABLESPACE system privilege.
Before you can make a tablespace read-only, the following conditions must be met.
The tablespace must be online. This is necessary to ensure that there is no undo information that must be applied to the tablespace.
The tablespace cannot be the active undo tablespace or
The tablespace must not currently be involved in an online backup, because the end of a backup updates the header file of all data files in the tablespace.
The tablespace cannot be a temporary tablespace.
To change a tablespace to read-only:
READ ONLY clause in the
ALTER TABLESPACE statement.
For example the following statement makes the
flights tablespace read-only:
ALTER TABLESPACE flights READ ONLY;
For better performance while accessing data in a read-only tablespace, you can issue a query that accesses all of the blocks of the tables in the tablespace just before making it read-only. A simple query, such as
SELECT COUNT (*), executed against each table ensures that the data blocks in the tablespace can be subsequently accessed most efficiently. This eliminates the need for the database to check the status of the transactions that most recently modified the blocks.
You can issue the
ALTER TABLESPACE...READ ONLY statement while the database is processing transactions. After the statement is issued, the tablespace is put into a transitional read-only mode, and the
ALTER command waits for existing transactions to complete by committing or by rolling back. No further DML operations are allowed to the tablespace, and if a DML statement attempts further changes, then an error is returned.
ALTER TABLESPACE...READ ONLY statement waits for the following transactions to either commit or roll back before returning: transactions that have pending or uncommitted changes to the tablespace and that were started before you issued the statement. If a transaction started before the statement remains active, but rolls back to a savepoint, rolling back its changes to the tablespace, then the statement no longer waits for this active transaction.
If you find it is taking a long time for the
ALTER TABLESPACE statement to complete, then you can identify the transactions that are preventing the read-only state from taking effect. You can then notify the owners of those transactions and decide whether to terminate the transactions, if necessary.
The following example identifies the transaction entry for the
ALTER TABLESPACE...READ ONLY statement and displays its session address (
SELECT SQL_TEXT, SADDR FROM V$SQLAREA,V$SESSION WHERE V$SQLAREA.ADDRESS = V$SESSION.SQL_ADDRESS AND SQL_TEXT LIKE 'alter tablespace%'; SQL_TEXT SADDR ---------------------------------------- -------- alter tablespace tbs1 read only 80034AF0
The start SCN of each active transaction is stored in the
V$TRANSACTION view. Displaying this view sorted by ascending start SCN lists the transactions in execution order. From the preceding example, you already know the session address of the transaction entry for the read-only statement, and you can now locate it in the
V$TRANSACTION view. All transactions with smaller start SCN, which indicates an earlier execution, can potentially hold up the quiesce and subsequent read-only state of the tablespace.
SELECT SES_ADDR, START_SCNB FROM V$TRANSACTION ORDER BY START_SCNB; SES_ADDR START_SCNB -------- ---------- 800352A0 3621 --> waiting on this txn 80035A50 3623 --> waiting on this txn 80034AF0 3628 --> this is the ALTER TABLESPACE statement 80037910 3629 --> don't care about this txn
You can now find the owners of the blocking transactions.
SELECT T.SES_ADDR, S.USERNAME, S.MACHINE FROM V$SESSION S, V$TRANSACTION T WHERE T.SES_ADDR = S.SADDR ORDER BY T.SES_ADDR SES_ADDR USERNAME MACHINE -------- -------------------- -------------------- 800352A0 DAVIDB DAVIDBLAP --> Contact this user 80035A50 MIKEL LAB61 --> Contact this user 80034AF0 DBA01 STEVEFLAP 80037910 NICKD NICKDLAP
After making the tablespace read-only, it is advisable to back it up immediately. As long as the tablespace remains read-only, no further backups of the tablespace are necessary, because no changes can be made to it.
Making a read-only tablespace writable allows write operations on the data files in the tablespace.
You must have the
ALTER TABLESPACE or
MANAGE TABLESPACE system privilege.
To change a tablespace to allow write operations:
READ WRITE keywords in the
ALTER TABLESPACE statement
A prerequisite to making the tablespace read/write is that all of the data files in the tablespace, as well as the tablespace itself, must be online. Use the
DATAFILE...ONLINE clause of the
ALTER DATABASE statement to bring a data file online. The
V$DATAFILE view lists the current status of data files.
For example, the following statement makes the
flights tablespace writable:
ALTER TABLESPACE flights READ WRITE;
Making a read-only tablespace writable updates the control file entry for the data files, so that you can use the read-only version of the data files as a starting point for recovery.
You can create a read-only tablespace on a CD-ROM or WORM (Write Once-Read Many) device.
Follow these steps to create a read-only tablespace on a CD-ROM or WORM device.
ALTER TABLESPACEwith the
RENAME DATAFILEclause. Renaming the data files changes their names in the control file.
You can delay the opening of data files for read-only tablespaces until there is an attempt to access them.
When substantial portions of a very large database are stored in read-only tablespaces that are located on slow-access devices or hierarchical storage, you should consider setting the
READ_ONLY_OPEN_DELAYED initialization parameter to
TRUE. This speeds certain operations, primarily opening the database, by causing data files in read-only tablespaces to be accessed for the first time only when an attempt is made to read data stored within them.
READ_ONLY_OPEN_DELAYED=TRUE has the following side-effects:
A missing or bad read-only file is not detected at open time. It is only discovered when there is an attempt to access it.
ALTER SYSTEM CHECK DATAFILES does not check read-only files.
ALTER TABLESPACE...ONLINE and
DATAFILE...ONLINE do not check read-only files. They are checked only upon the first access.
V$DATAFILE_HEADER do not access read-only files. Read-only files are indicated in the results list with the error "
DELAYED OPEN", with zeroes for the values of other columns.
V$DATAFILE does not access read-only files. Read-only files have a size of "0" listed.
V$RECOVERY_LOG does not access read-only files. Logs they could need for recovery are not added to the list.
ALTER DATABASE NOARCHIVELOG does not access read-only files.It proceeds even if there is a read-only file that requires recovery.
RECOVER DATABASE and
ALTER DATABASE OPEN RESETLOGS continue to access all read-only data files regardless of the parameter value. To avoid accessing read-only files for these operations, take those files offline.
If a backup control file is used, the read-only status of some files may be inaccurate. This can cause some of these operations to return unexpected results. Care should be taken in this situation.
You can alter and maintain tablespaces by performing such tasks as adding data files and temp files to them.
You can increase the size of a tablespace by either increasing the size of a data file in the tablespace or adding one.
See "Changing Data File Size" and "Creating Data Files and Adding Data Files to a Tablespace " for more information.
Additionally, you can enable automatic file extension (
AUTOEXTEND) to data files and bigfile tablespaces. See "Enabling and Disabling Automatic Extension for a Data File".
You can add a data file to a locally managed tablespace, alter its availability, make it read-only or read/write, rename it, or enable/disable autoextension.
You cannot alter a locally managed tablespace to a locally managed temporary tablespace, nor can you change its method of segment space management. Coalescing free extents is unnecessary for locally managed tablespaces. However, you can use the
ALTER TABLESPACE statement on locally managed tablespaces for some operations, including the following:
Adding a data file. For example:
ALTER TABLESPACE lmtbsb ADD DATAFILE '/u02/oracle/data/lmtbsb02.dbf' SIZE 1M;
Altering tablespace availability (
OFFLINE). See "Altering Tablespace Availability ".
Making a tablespace read-only or read/write. See "Using Read-Only Tablespaces".
Renaming a data file, or enabling or disabling the autoextension of the size of a data file in the tablespace. See Managing Data Files and Temp Files.
You can resize or autoextend a bigfile tablespace.
Two clauses of the
ALTER TABLESPACE statement support data file transparency when you are using bigfile tablespaces:
RESIZE clause lets you resize the single data file in a bigfile tablespace to an absolute size, without referring to the data file. For example:
ALTER TABLESPACE bigtbs RESIZE 80G;
AUTOEXTEND (used outside of the
With a bigfile tablespace, you can use the
AUTOEXTEND clause outside of the
DATAFILE clause. For example:
ALTER TABLESPACE bigtbs AUTOEXTEND ON NEXT 20G;
You can alter a locally managed temporary tablespace to add a temp file, take a temp file offline, or bring a temp file online.
You cannot use the
ALTER TABLESPACE statement, with the
TEMPORARY keyword, to change a locally managed permanent tablespace into a locally managed temporary tablespace. You must use the
CREATE TEMPORARY TABLESPACE statement to create a locally managed temporary tablespace.
You can use
ALTER TABLESPACE to add a temp file, take a temp file offline, or bring a temp file online, as illustrated in the following examples:
ALTER TABLESPACE lmtemp ADD TEMPFILE '/u02/oracle/data/lmtemp02.dbf' SIZE 18M REUSE; ALTER TABLESPACE lmtemp TEMPFILE OFFLINE; ALTER TABLESPACE lmtemp TEMPFILE ONLINE;
You cannot take a temporary tablespace offline. Instead, you take its temp file offline. The view
V$TEMPFILE displays online status for a temp file.
ALTER DATABASE statement can be used to alter temp files.
The following statements take offline and bring online temp files. They behave identically to the last two
TABLESPACE statements in the previous example.
ALTER DATABASE TEMPFILE '/u02/oracle/data/lmtemp02.dbf' OFFLINE; ALTER DATABASE TEMPFILE '/u02/oracle/data/lmtemp02.dbf' ONLINE;
The following statement resizes a temp file:
ALTER DATABASE TEMPFILE '/u02/oracle/data/lmtemp02.dbf' RESIZE 18M;
The following statement drops a temp file and deletes its operating system file:
ALTER DATABASE TEMPFILE '/u02/oracle/data/lmtemp02.dbf' DROP INCLUDING DATAFILES;
The tablespace to which this temp file belonged remains. A message is written to the alert log for the temp file that was deleted. If an operating system error prevents the deletion of the file, the statement still succeeds, but a message describing the error is written to the alert log.
It is also possible to use the
ALTER DATABASE statement to enable or disable the automatic extension of an existing temp file, and to rename a temp file. See Oracle Database SQL Language Reference for the required syntax.
To rename a temp file, you take the temp file offline, use operating system commands to rename or relocate the temp file, and then use the
FILE command to update the database control files.
You can shrink locally managed temporary tablespaces and release unused space.
Large sort operations performed by the database may result in a temporary tablespace growing and occupying a considerable amount of disk space. After the sort operation completes, the extra space is not released; it is just marked as free and available for reuse. Therefore, a single large sort operation might result in a large amount of allocated temporary space that remains unused after the sort operation is complete. For this reason, the database enables you to shrink locally managed temporary tablespaces and release unused space.
To shrink a temporary tablespace:
SHRINK SPACE clause of the
ALTER TABLESPACE statement.
To shrink a specific temp file of a temporary tablespace:
SHRINK TEMPFILE clause of the
ALTER TABLESPACE statement .
Shrinking frees as much space as possible while maintaining the other attributes of the tablespace or temp file. The optional
KEEP clause defines a minimum size for the tablespace or temp file.
Shrinking is an online operation, which means that user sessions can continue to allocate sort extents if needed, and already-running queries are not affected.
The following example shrinks the locally managed temporary tablespace
lmtmp1 while ensuring a minimum size of 20M.
ALTER TABLESPACE lmtemp1 SHRINK SPACE KEEP 20M;
The following example shrinks the temp file
lmtemp02.dbf of the locally managed temporary tablespace
lmtmp2. Because the
KEEP clause is omitted, the database attempts to shrink the temp file to the minimum possible size.
ALTER TABLESPACE lmtemp2 SHRINK TEMPFILE '/u02/oracle/data/lmtemp02.dbf';
RENAME TO clause of the
ALTER TABLESPACE, you can rename a permanent or temporary tablespace.
For example, the following statement renames the
ALTER TABLESPACE users RENAME TO usersts;
When you rename a tablespace the database updates all references to the tablespace name in the data dictionary, control file, and (online) data file headers. The database does not change the tablespace ID so if this tablespace were, for example, the default tablespace for a user, then the renamed tablespace would show as the default tablespace for the user in the
The following affect the operation of this statement:
If the tablespace being renamed is the
SYSTEM tablespace or the
SYSAUX tablespace, then it will not be renamed and an error is raised.
If any data file in the tablespace is offline, or if the tablespace is offline, then the tablespace is not renamed and an error is raised.
If the tablespace is read only, then data file headers are not updated. This should not be regarded as corruption; instead, it causes a message to be written to the alert log indicating that data file headers have not been renamed. The data dictionary and control file are updated.
If the tablespace is the default temporary tablespace, then the corresponding entry in the database properties table is updated and the
DATABASE_PROPERTIES view shows the new name.
If the tablespace is an undo tablespace and if the following conditions are met, then the tablespace name is changed to the new tablespace name in the server parameter file (
The server parameter file was used to start up the database.
The tablespace name is specified as the
UNDO_TABLESPACE for any instance.
If a traditional initialization parameter file (
PFILE) is being used then a message is written to the alert log stating that the initialization parameter file must be manually changed.
You can drop a tablespace and its contents (the segments contained in the tablespace) from the database if the tablespace and its contents are no longer required.
You must have the
TABLESPACE system privilege to drop a tablespace.
Once a tablespace has been dropped, the data in the tablespace is not recoverable. Therefore, ensure that all data contained in a tablespace to be dropped will not be required in the future. Also, immediately before and after dropping a tablespace from a database, back up the database completely. This is strongly recommended so that you can recover the database if you mistakenly drop a tablespace, or if the database experiences a problem in the future after the tablespace has been dropped.
When you drop a tablespace, the file pointers in the control file of the associated database are removed. You can optionally direct Oracle Database to delete the operating system files (data files) that constituted the dropped tablespace. If you do not direct the database to delete the data files at the same time that it deletes the tablespace, you must later use the appropriate commands of your operating system to delete them.
You cannot drop a tablespace that contains any active segments. For example, if a table in the tablespace is currently being used or the tablespace contains undo data needed to roll back uncommitted transactions, you cannot drop the tablespace. The tablespace can be online or offline, but it is best to take the tablespace offline before dropping it.
To drop a tablespace:
DROP TABLESPACE statement.
The following statement drops the
users tablespace, including the segments in the tablespace:
DROP TABLESPACE users INCLUDING CONTENTS;
If the tablespace is empty (does not contain any tables, views, or other structures), you do not need to specify the
INCLUDING CONTENTS clause. Use the
CASCADE CONSTRAINTS clause to drop all referential integrity constraints from tables outside the tablespace that refer to primary and unique keys of tables inside the tablespace.
To delete the data files associated with a tablespace at the same time that the tablespace is dropped, use the
INCLUDING CONTENTS AND DATAFILES clause. The following statement drops the
users tablespace and its associated data files:
DROP TABLESPACE users INCLUDING CONTENTS AND DATAFILES;
A message is written to the alert log for each data file that is deleted. If an operating system error prevents the deletion of a file, the
DROP TABLESPACE statement still succeeds, but a message describing the error is written to the alert log.
SYSAUX tablespace was installed as an auxiliary tablespace to the
SYSTEM tablespace when you created your database. Some database components that formerly created and used separate tablespaces now occupy the
SYSAUX tablespace becomes unavailable, core database functionality will remain operational. The database features that use the
SYSAUX tablespace could fail, or function with limited capability.
You can monitor the occupants of the
The list of registered occupants of the
SYSAUX tablespace are discussed in "About the SYSAUX Tablespace". These components can use the
SYSAUX tablespace, and their installation provides the means of establishing their occupancy of the
To monitor the occupants of the
This view lists the following information about the occupants of the
Name of the occupant
Current space usage
View information is maintained by the occupants.
Oracle Database Reference for a detailed description of the
V$SYSAUX_OCCUPANTS view provides a move procedure for each occupant of the
You will have an option at component install time to specify that you do not want the component to reside in
SYSAUX. Also, if you later decide that the component should be relocated to a designated tablespace, you can use the move procedure for that component, as specified in the
V$SYSAUX_OCCUPANTS view, to perform the move.
The move procedure also lets you move a component from another tablespace into the
SYSAUX tablespace is occupied by several database components, and its total size is governed by the space consumed by those components. The space consumed by the components, in turn, depends on which features or functionality are being used and on the nature of the database workload.
The largest portion of the
SYSAUX tablespace is occupied by the Automatic Workload Repository (AWR). The space consumed by the AWR is determined by several factors, including the number of active sessions in the system at any given time, the snapshot interval, and the historical data retention period. A typical system with an average of 10 concurrent active sessions may require approximately 200 to 300 MB of space for its AWR data.
The following table provides guidelines on sizing the
SYSAUX tablespace based on the system configuration and expected load.
Number of CPUs
Number of concurrently active sessions
Number of user objects: tables and indexes
You can control the size of the AWR by changing the snapshot interval and historical data retention period. For more information on managing the AWR snapshot interval and retention period, see Oracle Database Performance Tuning Guide.
Another major occupant of the
SYSAUX tablespace is the embedded Oracle Enterprise Manager Cloud Control repository. This repository is used by Cloud Control to store its metadata. The size of this repository depends on database activity and on configuration-related information stored in the repository.
Other database components in the
SYSAUX tablespace will grow in size only if their associated features (for example, Oracle Text and Oracle Streams) are in use. If the features are not used, then these components do not have any significant effect on the size of the
Oracle Database includes aids for correcting problems with locally managed tablespaces.
Oracle Database includes the
DBMS_SPACE_ADMIN package, which is a collection of aids for diagnosing and repairing problems in locally managed tablespaces.
DBMS_SPACE_ADMIN Package Procedures
The following table lists the
DBMS_SPACE_ADMIN package procedures. See Oracle Database PL/SQL Packages and Types Reference for details on each procedure.
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Verifies the integrity of segments created in tablespaces that have automatic segment space management enabled. Outputs a dump file named
Verifies the integrity of tablespaces that have automatic segment space management enabled. Outputs a dump file named
Drops segments from empty tables or table partitions and dependent objects
Materializes segments for tables and table partitions with deferred segment creation and their dependent objects.
Marks the segment corrupt or valid so that appropriate error recovery can be done
Drops a segment currently marked corrupt (without reclaiming space)
Dumps the segment header and bitmap blocks of a specific segment to a dump file named
Verifies the consistency of the extent map of the segment
Marks the appropriate DBA range (extent) as free or used in bitmap
Fixes the state of the segments in a tablespace in which migration was stopped
Migrates a locally managed tablespace to dictionary-managed tablespace
Migrates a dictionary-managed tablespace to a locally managed tablespace
Rebuilds the appropriate bitmaps
Rebuilds quotas for a specific tablespace
Relocates the bitmaps to the specified destination
Verifies that the bitmaps and extent maps for the segments in the tablespace are synchronized
The following scenarios describe typical situations in which you can use the
DBMS_SPACE_ADMIN package to diagnose and resolve problems.
Some of these procedures can result in lost and unrecoverable data if not used properly. You should work with Oracle Support Services if you have doubts about these procedures.
Oracle Database PL/SQL Packages and Types Reference for details about the
TABLESPACE_VERIFY procedure discovers that a segment has allocated blocks that are marked free in the bitmap, but no overlap between segments is reported.
In this scenario, perform the following tasks:
SEGMENT_DUMPprocedure to dump the ranges that the administrator allocated to the segment.
TABLESPACE_FIX_BITMAPSprocedure with the
TABLESPACE_EXTENT_MAKE_USEDoption to mark the space as used.
TABLESPACE_REBUILD_QUOTASto rebuild quotas.
You cannot drop a segment because the bitmap has segment blocks marked "free". The system has automatically marked the segment corrupted.
In this scenario, perform the following tasks:
SEGMENT_VERIFYprocedure with the
SEGMENT_VERIFY_EXTENTS_GLOBALoption. If no overlaps are reported, then proceed with steps 2 through 5.
SEGMENT_DUMPprocedure to dump the DBA ranges allocated to the segment.
TABLESPACE_EXTENT_MAKE_FREEoption to mark the space as free.
SEGMENT_DROP_CORRUPTto drop the
TABLESPACE_REBUILD_QUOTASto rebuild quotas.
TABLESPACE_VERIFY procedure reports some overlapping. Some of the real data must be sacrificed based on previous internal errors.
After choosing the object to be sacrificed, in this case say, table
t1, perform the following tasks:
t1. If necessary, follow up by calling the
SEGMENT_VERIFYprocedure on all objects that
t1overlapped. If necessary, call the
TABLESPACE_FIX_BITMAPSprocedure to mark appropriate bitmap blocks as used.
TABLESPACE_VERIFYprocedure to verify that the problem is resolved.
A set of bitmap blocks has media corruption.
In this scenario, perform the following tasks:
TABLESPACE_REBUILD_BITMAPSprocedure, either on all bitmap blocks, or on a single block if only one is corrupt.
TABLESPACE_REBUILD_QUOTASprocedure to rebuild quotas.
TABLESPACE_VERIFYprocedure to verify that the bitmaps are consistent.
TABLESPACE_MIGRATE_TO_LOCAL procedure to migrate a dictionary-managed tablespace to a locally managed tablespace.
This operation is done online, but space management operations are blocked until the migration has been completed. Therefore, you can read or modify data while the migration is in progress, but if you are loading a large amount of data that requires the allocation of additional extents, then the operation may be blocked.
Assume that the database block size is 2K and the existing extent sizes in tablespace
tbs_1 are 10, 50, and 10,000 blocks (used, used, and free). The
MINIMUM EXTENT value is 20K (10 blocks). Allow the system to choose the bitmap allocation unit. The value of 10 blocks is chosen, because it is the highest common denominator and does not exceed
The statement to convert
tbs_1 to a locally managed tablespace is as follows:
EXEC DBMS_SPACE_ADMIN.TABLESPACE_MIGRATE_TO_LOCAL ('tbs_1');
If you choose to specify an allocation unit size, it must be a factor of the unit size calculated by the system.
DBMS_SPACE_ADMIN.TABLESPACE_MIGRATE_TO_LOCAL procedure to migrate the
SYSTEM tablespace from dictionary-managed to locally managed.
Before performing the migration the following conditions must be met:
The database has a default temporary tablespace that is not
There are no rollback segments in the dictionary-managed tablespace.
There is at least one online rollback segment in a locally managed tablespace, or if using automatic undo management, an undo tablespace is online.
All tablespaces other than the tablespace containing the undo space (that is, the tablespace containing the rollback segment or the undo tablespace) are in read-only mode.
SYSAUX tablespace is offline.
The system is in restricted mode.
There is a cold backup of the database.
All of these conditions, except for the cold backup, are enforced by the
The following statement performs the migration:
SQL> EXECUTE DBMS_SPACE_ADMIN.TABLESPACE_MIGRATE_TO_LOCAL('SYSTEM');
SYSTEM tablespace is migrated to locally managed, any dictionary-managed tablespaces in the database cannot be made read/write. If you want to use the dictionary-managed tablespaces in read/write mode, then Oracle recommends that you first migrate these tablespaces to locally managed before migrating the
Oracle Database includes data dictionary views that you can query for information about tablespaces.
The following data dictionary and dynamic performance views provide useful information about the tablespaces of a database.
Name and number of all tablespaces from the control file.
Name and encryption algorithm of all encrypted tablespaces.
Descriptions of all (or user accessible) tablespaces.
Displays the tablespace groups and the tablespaces that belong to them.
Information about segments within all (or user accessible) tablespaces.
Information about data extents within all (or user accessible) tablespaces.
Information about free extents within all (or user accessible) tablespaces.
Displays the total allocated and free space in each temporary tablespace.
Information about all data files, including tablespace number of owning tablespace.
Information about all temp files, including tablespace number of owning tablespace.
Shows files (data files) belonging to tablespaces.
Shows files (temp files) belonging to temporary tablespaces.
Information for all extents in all locally managed temporary tablespaces.
For locally managed temporary tablespaces: the state of temporary space cached and used for by each instance.
Shows space used/free for each temp file.
Default and temporary tablespaces for all users.
Lists tablespace quotas for all users.
Information about every sort segment in a given instance. The view is only updated when the tablespace is of the
Describes temporary (sort) segment usage by user for temporary or permanent tablespaces.
The following are just a few examples of using some of these views.
Oracle Database Reference for complete description of these views
You can query the
DBA_TABLESPACES view to list the names and default storage parameters.
To list the names and default storage parameters of all tablespaces in a database, use the following query on the
SELECT TABLESPACE_NAME "TABLESPACE", INITIAL_EXTENT "INITIAL_EXT", NEXT_EXTENT "NEXT_EXT", MIN_EXTENTS "MIN_EXT", MAX_EXTENTS "MAX_EXT", PCT_INCREASE FROM DBA_TABLESPACES; TABLESPACE INITIAL_EXT NEXT_EXT MIN_EXT MAX_EXT PCT_INCREASE ---------- ----------- -------- ------- ------- ------------ RBS 1048576 1048576 2 40 0 SYSTEM 106496 106496 1 99 1 TEMP 106496 106496 1 99 0 TESTTBS 57344 16384 2 10 1 USERS 57344 57344 1 99 1
You can query the
DBA_DATA_FILES view to list the names, sizes, and associated tablespaces of a database.
To list the names, sizes, and associated tablespaces of a database, enter the following query on the
SELECT FILE_NAME, BLOCKS, TABLESPACE_NAME FROM DBA_DATA_FILES; FILE_NAME BLOCKS TABLESPACE_NAME ------------ ---------- ------------------- /U02/ORACLE/IDDB3/DBF/RBS01.DBF 1536 RBS /U02/ORACLE/IDDB3/DBF/SYSTEM01.DBF 6586 SYSTEM /U02/ORACLE/IDDB3/DBF/TEMP01.DBF 6400 TEMP /U02/ORACLE/IDDB3/DBF/TESTTBS01.DBF 6400 TESTTBS /U02/ORACLE/IDDB3/DBF/USERS01.DBF 384 USERS
You can query the
DBA_FREE_SPACE view to display statistics about free extents and coalescing activity for each tablespace in the database.
To produce statistics about free extents and coalescing activity for each tablespace in the database, enter the following query:
SELECT TABLESPACE_NAME "TABLESPACE", FILE_ID, COUNT(*) "PIECES", MAX(blocks) "MAXIMUM", MIN(blocks) "MINIMUM", AVG(blocks) "AVERAGE", SUM(blocks) "TOTAL" FROM DBA_FREE_SPACE GROUP BY TABLESPACE_NAME, FILE_ID; TABLESPACE FILE_ID PIECES MAXIMUM MINIMUM AVERAGE TOTAL ---------- ------- ------ ------- ------- ------- ------ RBS 2 1 955 955 955 955 SYSTEM 1 1 119 119 119 119 TEMP 4 1 6399 6399 6399 6399 TESTTBS 5 5 6364 3 1278 6390 USERS 3 1 363 363 363 363
PIECES shows the number of free space extents in the tablespace file,
MINIMUM show the largest and smallest contiguous area of space in database blocks,
AVERAGE shows the average size in blocks of a free space extent, and
TOTAL shows the amount of free space in each tablespace file in blocks. This query is useful when you are going to create a new object or you know that a segment is about to extend, and you want to ensure that there is enough space in the containing tablespace.