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ORA-00955: name is already being used by existing object tips

Oracle Error Tips by Donald Burleson


The Oracle docs note this on the ora-00955 error*:

ORA-00955 name is already used by an existing object

Cause: An attempt was made to create a database object (such as a table, view, cluster, index, or synonym) that already exists. A user's database objects must have distinct names. 

Action: Enter a unique name for the database object or modify or drop the existing object so it can be reused.

If there is an attempt to create an existing database object, ORA-00955 will be thrown. 

  • This includes objects such as table, view, cluster, index, or synonym

ORA-00955 reminds you that a user&aposs;s database object has to have distinct names, which cannot be repetitive. 

To resolve ORA-00955, make sure to give the database object an unmatched name.  You can also drop or modify the existing object so that it can be reused, without being identical syntax.  

Also aiding in clearing up ORA-00955, you can view the object name which is already being used against the system table DBA_OBJECTS.  Here, you find out if someone else owns the object, at which time you might be able to see if they need it, or if that object (or your own) can be renamed. 



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