Desupported Features in Oracle Database 12c Release 2 (12.2)

Review this list of desupported features as part of your upgrade planning.

Desupport of Advanced Replication

Starting in Oracle Database 12c release 2 (12.2), the Advanced Replication feature of Oracle Database is desupported.

The Oracle Database Advanced Replication feature is desupported in its entirety. The desupport of this feature includes all functionality associated with this feature: multimaster replication, updateable materialized views, hierarchical materialized views, and deployment templates. Read-only materialized views are still supported with basic replication.

Oracle recommends that you replace your use of Advanced Replication with Oracle GoldenGate.

Desupport of Direct File System Placement for OCR and Voting Files

Placing OCR and Voting Disk files on shared file systems is desupported in favor of placing the files on Oracle ASM.

Starting with Oracle Grid Infrastructure 12c Release 2 (12.2), the placement of Oracle Clusterware files: the Oracle Cluster Registry (OCR), and the Voting Files, directly on a shared file system is desupported in favor of having Oracle Clusterware files managed by Oracle Automatic Storage Management (Oracle ASM). You cannot place Oracle Clusterware files directly on a shared file system. If you need to use a supported shared file system, either a Network File System, or a shared cluster file system instead of native disks devices, then you must create Oracle ASM disks on supported network file systems that you plan to use for hosting Oracle Clusterware files before installing Oracle Grid Infrastructure. You can then use the Oracle ASM disks in an Oracle ASM disk group to manage Oracle Clusterware files.

If your Oracle Database files are stored on a shared file system, then you can continue to use the same for database files, instead of moving them to Oracle ASM storage.

Desupport of JPublisher

All Oracle JPublisher features are desupported and unavailable in Oracle Database 12c Release 2 (

Oracle recommends that you use the following alternatives:

  • To continue to use Web service callouts, Oracle recommends that you use the Oracle JVM Web Services Callout utility, which is a replacement for the Web Services Callout utility.

  • To replace other JPublisher automation capabilities, including mapping user-defined SQL types or SQL types, wrapping PL/SQL packages and similar capabilities, Oracle recommends that developers use explicit steps, such as precompiling code with SQLJ precompiler, building Java STRUCT classes, or using other prestructured options.

See Also:

My Oracle Support Note 1937939.1 for more information about JDeveloper deprecation and desupport

Desupport of preupgrd.sql and utluppkg.sql

The preupgrd.sql and utluppkg.sql scripts are replaced by the Preupgrade Information Tool (preupgrade.jar).

Beginning with Oracle Database 12c release 2 (12.2), the Pre-Upgrade Information Tool scripts preupgrd.sql and utluppkg.sql are no longer supplied as part of the Oracle Database release. The Pre-Upgrade Information Tool preupgrade.jar replaces both of these files.

The preupgrade.jar Pre-Upgrade Information Tool is supplied with Oracle Database 12c release 2 (12.2). This script has the same capabilities as the scripts it replaces. It can run using the Java Development Kits (JDKs) installed with Oracle Database releases supported for direct upgrade to Oracle Database 12c release 2 (12.2).

Desupported Oracle Data Provider for .NET APIs for Transaction Guard

Application programming interfaces (APIs) for Transaction Guard listed here are desupported in Oracle Database 12c release 2 (12.2).

The following Oracle Data Provider for .NET application programming interfaces for Transaction Guard are desupported in Oracle Database 12c Release 2 (12.2):

  • OracleLogicalTransactionStatus class

  • OracleConnection.GetLogicalTransactionStatus method

  • OracleConnection.LogicalTransactionId property

  • OracleConnection.OracleLogicalTransaction property

  • OracleLogicalTransaction.DataSource property

  • OracleLogicalTransaction.GetOutcome() method

  • OracleLogicalTransaction.GetOutcome(string, string, string) method

  • OracleLogicalTransaction.UserId property

Desupported Views in Oracle Database 12c Release 2 (12.2)

The views listed in this topic are desupported in Oracle Database 12c release 2 (12.2).

Revise any of your SQL statements that use these views.




SQLJ Support Inside Oracle Database

Starting with Oracle Database 12c release 2 (12.2), Oracle does not support running server-side SQLJ code.

Oracle supports using client-side SQLJ. However, Oracle does not support the use of server-side SQLJ, including running stored procedures, functions, and triggers in the database environment.

Desupport of Some XML DB Features

Starting in Oracle Database 12c release 2 (12.2), the XML DB features listed here are desupported.

The following features are desupported:

  • Java classes in package oracle.xdb.dom

  • Oracle XPath function ora:instanceof. Use XQuery operator instance of instead.

  • Oracle XPath function ora:instanceof-only. Use XML Schema attribute xsi:type instead.

  • Function-based indexes on XMLType. Use XMLIndex with a structured component instead.

  • Oracle XQuery function ora:view. Use XQuery functions fn:collection instead.

  • PL/SQL procedure DBMS_XDB_ADMIN.CreateRepositoryXMLIndex

  • PL/SQL procedure DBMS_XDB_ADMIN.XMLIndexAddPath

  • PL/SQL procedure DBMS_XDB_ADMIN.XMLIndexRemovePath

  • PL/SQL procedure DBMS_XDB_ADMIN.DropRepositoryXMLIndex

  • XML schema annotation (attribute) csx:encodingType

  • XMLIndex index on CLOB portions of hybrid XMLType storage (index on CLOB data that is embedded within object-relational storage)