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dba_extents scripts tips

Oracle Database Tips by Donald BurlesonJuly 4, 2013

Question:  Hew do you use the dba_extents view in scripts to see the amount of allocated extents for any table or index?  How does dba_extents compare to dba_data_files?

Answer: The dba_extents view contains one row for each extents for each object:   

dba_extents columns

OWNER           VARCHAR2 Owner of the segment associated with the extent
SEGMENT_NAME    VARCHAR2 Name of the segment associated with the extent
PARTITION_NAME  VARCHAR2 Partition/Subpartition Name of the segment
SEGMENT_TYPE    VARCHAR2 Type of the segment
TABLESPACE_NAME VARCHAR2 Name of the tablespace containing the extent
EXTENT_ID       NUMBER   Extent number in the segment
FILE_ID         NUMBER   Name of the file containing the extent
BLOCK_ID        NUMBER   Starting block number of the extent
BYTES           NUMBER   Size of the extent in bytes
BLOCKS          NUMBER   Size of the extent in ORACLE blocks
RELATIVE_FNO    NUMBER   Relative number of the file containing the segment                  header

dba_extents scripts

Here are some scripts that use dba_extents to examine the number of extents used by an object:

Amount of spaced used from dba_extents:

   tablespace_name,sum(bytes) bytes_full
Group by

Total available space from dba_data_files:

   sum(bytes) bytes_total

Group by

So if we add this with our original statement, we can select on pct_used (less than 70 percent):

select 'alter database '||||' datafile '''||b.file_name||''''
from v$database a
,dba_data_files b
,(Select tablespace_name,sum(bytes) bytes_full
From dba_extents
Group by tablespace_name) c
,(Select tablespace_name,sum(bytes) bytes_total
From dba_data_files
Group by tablespace_name) d
Where b.tablespace_name = c.tablespace_name
And b.tablespace_name = d.tablespace_name
And bytes_full/bytes_total < .7

According to the command, a selection has been made based on tablespace. What if you want to resize based on file? It's crucial to remember that multiple files can exist in any tablespace. Plus, only space that is after the last data block can be de-allocated. So the next step should be to find the last data block:

   file_id,max(block_id) max_data_block_id
group by

Now that the command to find the last data block has been inserted, it is time to find the free space in each file above that last data block:

   b.bytes    bytes_free
      file_id,max(block_id) max_data_block_id
    group by tablespace_name,file_id) a,
   dba_free_space b
   a.tablespace_name = b.tablespace_name
   a.file_id = b.file_id
   b.block_id > a.max_data_block_id;


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