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 Display SQL plan outline

Oracle Database Tips by Donald BurlesonMarch 23, 2015

Question:  How does Oracle manage a SQL plan outline.  I have heard of optimizer plan stability but I do not understand how to display a stored outline or store a stored outline.  How do I display a stored outline?

Answer: Oracle stored outlines have been in-use since Oracle8i for "freezing" SQL execution plans, and you can also use "optimizer plan stability" to swap a bad execution plan with a good execution plan.

Also see my notes on swapping stored outlines and this article on swapping stored oulines.  Also see my SQL plan management notes

This snippet shows how to display the plan outline fr a SQL statement.
SQL> -- Get the outline plan for query with index hint

SQL> explain plan into plan_table for
  2  select /*+index(test testi) */ * from test;

SQL> select * from table(dbms_xplan.display('PLAN_TABLE',NULL, 'OUTLINE'));
Plan hash value: 2400950076
| Id  | Operation                   | Name  | Rows  | Bytes | Cost 
|   0 | SELECT STATEMENT            |       | 31471 |  7191K|  1190
|   1 |  TABLE ACCESS BY INDEX ROWID| TEST  | 31471 |  7191K|  1190
|   2 |   INDEX FULL SCAN           | TESTI | 31471 |       |    80
Outline Data
      INDEX(@"SEL$1" "TEST"@"SEL$1" ("TEST"."OWNER"))
      OPT_PARAM('_unnest_subquery' 'false')

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