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Oracle data file naming tips

Oracle Database Tips by Donald BurlesonFebruary 10, 2015

I need to know the standard conventions for naming Oracle data files?  Does Oracle have suggested data file naming suggestions?


Answer:  Yes, Oracle has the Optimal Flexible Architecture for data file naming standards. There are different naming methods for Automatic Storage Management (ASM) vs. plain Oracle data files:


Non ASM Data Files


For non-ASM data file naming standards and conventions, see my notes on Oracle file naming conventions


ASM Files

ASM will create the required files. ASM assigns each file a fully qualified name ending in a dotted pair of numbers.   More user-friendly alias names can be created for the Automated Storage Management filenames by using ASM aliases.

For example, here we create an alias for an ASM file name:

-- Create an alias doe an ASM datafile
alter diskgroup disk_group_1
add alias

Once you have defined an alias for an ASM data file name, the file name will appear in the

Also see below, the names of the v$ASM views. and Oracle ASM Parameters.




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