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LOB freepools Tips

Oracle Database Tips by Donald BurlesonMay 8, 2015

Question:  What is the "freepools" parameter of the LOB definitions of the alter table command?

alter table [tablename] modify lob ([clob name]) (freepools [n]);

Answer:  Oracle notes that the freepools defines the number of freelists for LOB segments attached to the table.  Just as freelists are used to manage free data blocks (and bitmap freelists if using Automatic segment space management (ASSM)), the freepools.

Oracle notes that the LOB segment freepools is related to the automatic undo  mode and you can specify freepools only if the database is running in automatic undo mode.

The default value for freepools is 1, except for RAC where the freepools will equal the number of RAC instances.  In this sense, freepools is analogous to the freelist_groups parameter, set at one per instance.  Consequently, you cannot specify both freepools and the freelist groups parameter of the table "storage" clause.

For details on optimizing the freepools parameter for LOB segments, see MISC note 365156.1 "Rebuilding LOB freepools".  Also beware of Bug 4450606 before making any changes to the freepools parameters as this might cause serious LOB corruption.

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