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Oracle® Database Administrator's Guide
11g Release 2 (11.2)

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Researching and Reversing Erroneous Table Changes

To enable you to research and reverse erroneous changes to tables, Oracle Database provides a a group of features that you can use to view past states of database objects or to return database objects to a previous state without using point-in-time media recovery. These features are known as Oracle Flashback features, and are described in Oracle Database Advanced Application Developer's Guide.

To research an erroneous change, you can use multiple Oracle Flashback queries to view row data at specific points in time. A more efficient approach would be to use Oracle Flashback Version Query to view all changes to a row over a period of time. With this feature, you append a VERSIONS clause to a SELECT statement that specifies a system change number (SCN) or timestamp range between which you want to view changes to row values. The query also can return associated metadata, such as the transaction responsible for the change.

After you identify an erroneous transaction, you can use Oracle Flashback Transaction Query to identify other changes that were made by the transaction. You can then use Oracle Flashback Transaction to reverse the erroneous transaction. (Note that Oracle Flashback Transaction must also reverse all dependent transactions—subsequent transactions involving the same rows as the erroneous transaction.) You also have the option of using Oracle Flashback Table, described in "Recovering Tables Using Oracle Flashback Table".


You must be using automatic undo management to use Oracle Flashback features. See "Introduction to Automatic Undo Management".

See Also:

Oracle Database Advanced Application Developer's Guide for information about Oracle Flashback features.