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Purge Oracle Recyclebin

Oracle Database Tips by Donald BurlesonJanuary 19, 2015

Question: I have been trying to delete objects from the recyclebin, but when I run the command, it returns an error saying that the object is not found on the recyclebin. I have used the following commands:

select * from recyclebin;

no rows returned.

purge table "BIN$Lax+Rj3AD63gRAASeZ5J1Q==$0"
ORA-38307: object not in RECYCLE BIN

When login into TOAD--> Tablespace--> Objects, i can see "BIN$Lax+Rj3AD63gRAASeZ5J1Q==$0" exists.

Answer (from Bert Scalzo):  At first glance this may seem like a TOAD error, however it is actually an Oracle recycle bin security issue. The one screen may show all objects within a tablespace - but the user must have either SYSDBA or other extended privs. So while you may be able to see that an object is out there - you may not have the rights to drop it. Talk to your DBA and verify your security settings within the database.

As for the name of the object - that's what Oracle does - here's example from help:

Purging Objects in the Oracle Recycle Bin

If you decide that you are never going to restore an item from the recycle bin, you can use the PURGE statement to remove the items and their associated objects from the recycle bin and release their storage space. You need the same privileges as if you were dropping the item.

When you use the PURGE statement to purge a table, you can use the name that the table is known by in the recycle bin or the original name of the table. The recycle bin name can be obtained from either the DBA_ or USER_RECYCLEBIN view as shown in "Viewing and Querying Objects in the Recycle Bin". The following hypothetical example purges the table hr.int_admin_emp, which was renamed to BIN$jsleilx392mk2=293$0 when it was placed in the recycle bin:

PURGE TABLE BIN$jsleilx392mk2=293$0;

You can achieve the same result with the following statement:

PURGE TABLE int_admin_emp;

You can use the PURGE statement to purge all the objects in the recycle bin that are from a specified tablespace or only the tablespace objects belonging to a specified user, as shown in the following examples:


Users can purge the recycle bin of their own objects, and release space for objects, by using the following statement:


If you have the SYSDBA privilege, then you can purge the entire recycle bin by specifying DBA_RECYCLEBIN, instead of RECYCLEBIN in the previous statement.

You can also use the PURGE statement to purge an index from the recycle bin or to purge from the recycle bin all objects in a specified tablespace.

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