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Excluding Tables from a Full Export

Oracle Error Tips by Stephanie Filio of  Burleson Consulting

A user on DBA Forums raised this question regarding an Oracle exp exclude clause, asking if

Is it possible to exclude single table from exp...full=y?

Answer: In reply to the question regarding excluding tables from exports (the exp or expdp utility), another user gave this information on the tables clause in the data pump export syntax.


Oracle Data Pump supports an EXCLUDE parameter. 

For example, you could set EXCLUDE=INDEX:"LIKE 'EMP%'" to exclude all tables whose names start with the string emp%:

$ expdp hr/hr EXCLUDE=TABLE:\"LIKE \'EMP%\'\" DUMPFILE=dpump_dir1:exp.dmp

With a full export specified specified, no, you cannot exclude tables, but if you change it to TABLES=... yes. the listing of tables is what to INCLUDE in the export (not exclude) so you must list every table. You can do this on the export or import (from full or what ever). To see all the options available to you, try

exp help=y


imp help=y

IF you do generate a listing of tables to exclude from export, I'd recommend doing it via dynamic SQL or some other method to make your life easier if you have a large number of tables.


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