Temporary Tables and REDO Logs

Today in DBA class, the instructor matter-of-factly rattled off some characteristics on global temporary tables. Among these I just barely noticed him state that they generate REDO logging. I sat upright and asked him to confirm that I had heard him correctly, and indeed that is what he said. He... [Read More]

Track yer block changes

If you're using RMAN to take your backups, and are running Oracle 10g, do yourself a favor and enable block change tracking now. Prior to doing so, my level 1 incremental backups were scanning my entire database (~830 GB) and took over 5 hours. With BCT, level 1 incremental backups... [Read More]

selecting count(1) vs count(*)

Count me among the many who naively assumed that using count(1) instead of count(*) was somehow faster or less resource-intensive when counting the number records in a select query. Herod over at Yet Another Oracle DBA provides some more evidence on top of Tom Kyte's previous smackdown.
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