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Oracle features enabled but not licensed

Oracle Database Tips by Donald Burleson

Question:  I'm using Oracle Standard Edition One, and the documentation says that SE1 does not support summary management features like materialized views:

"Summary management consists of mechanisms to define materialized views and dimensions, refresh and query rewrite mechanisms, and a collection of materialized view analysis and advisory functions and procedures in the DBMS_OLAP package"

But I can create an MV in SQL*Plus on standard edition one:

SQL> select * from v$version;

-------------------------------------------------------Oracle Database 10g Release - Production

PL/SQL Release - Production
CORE Production
TNS for Solaris: Version - Production
NLSRTL Version - Production

SQL> create table sac(a number primary key);
Table created.

SQL> create materialized view sac_mv as select * from sac;
Materialized view created.


Answer:  There are probably hundreds of Oracle features that you may be able to use, but that does not mean that you are licensed to use it. For example, in 10g, you can access the dba_hist tables, but you need a valid license for Oracle Diagnostic Pack to do so!

Just because a feature is there, it does not always mean that your license agreement allows you to use it!

If you have questions about specific license features, you should consult your Oracle customer support representative.

I have my notes on Oracle features - standard edition vs. enterprise edition SE EE, and details on Oracle Standard Edition (SE) vs. Oracle Enterprise Edition.


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