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Transporting Tablespaces Between Databases

This section describes how to transport tablespaces between databases, and contains the following topics:


You must be using the Enterprise Edition of Oracle8i or later to generate a transportable tablespace set. However, you can use any edition of Oracle8i or later to import a transportable tablespace set into an Oracle Database on the same platform. To import a transportable tablespace set into an Oracle Database on a different platform, both databases must have compatibility set to at least 10.0. Please refer to "Compatibility Considerations for Transportable Tablespaces" for a discussion of database compatibility for transporting tablespaces across release levels.

Introduction to Transportable Tablespaces

You can use the Transportable Tablespaces feature to copy a set of tablespaces from one Oracle Database to another.


This method for transporting tablespaces requires that you place the tablespaces to be transported in read-only mode until you complete the transporting process. If this is undesirable, you can use the Transportable Tablespaces from Backup feature, described in Oracle Database Backup and Recovery User's Guide.

The tablespaces being transported can be either dictionary managed or locally managed. Starting with Oracle9i, the transported tablespaces are not required to be of the same block size as the target database standard block size.

Moving data using transportable tablespaces is much faster than performing either an export/import or unload/load of the same data. This is because the datafiles containing all of the actual data are just copied to the destination location, and you use Data Pump to transfer only the metadata of the tablespace objects to the new database.


Beginning with Oracle Database 11g Release 1, you must use Data Pump for transportable tablespaces. The only circumstance under which you can use the original import and export utilities, IMP and EXP, is for a backward migration of XMLType data to a database version 10g Release 2 or earlier. Refer to Oracle Database Utilities for more information on these utilities and to Oracle XML DB Developer's Guide for more information on XMLTypes.

The transportable tablespace feature is useful in a number of scenarios, including:

  • Exporting and importing partitions in data warehousing tables

  • Publishing structured data on CDs

  • Copying multiple read-only versions of a tablespace on multiple databases

  • Archiving historical data

  • Performing tablespace point-in-time-recovery (TSPITR)

These scenarios are discussed in "Using Transportable Tablespaces: Scenarios".

There are two ways to transport a tablespace:

  • Manually, following the steps described in this section. This involves issuing commands to SQL*Plus, RMAN, and Data Pump.

  • Using the Transport Tablespaces Wizard in Enterprise Manager

    To run the Transport Tablespaces Wizard:

    1. Log in to Enterprise Manager with a user that has the EXP_FULL_DATABASE role.

    2. Click the Maintenance link to go to the Maintenance tab.

    3. Under the heading Move Database Files, click Transport Tablespaces.

See Also:

Oracle Database Data Warehousing Guide for information about using transportable tablespaces in a data warehousing environment

About Transporting Tablespaces Across Platforms

Starting with Oracle Database 11g, you can transport tablespaces across platforms. This functionality can be used to:

  • Allow a database to be migrated from one platform to another

  • Provide an easier and more efficient means for content providers to publish structured data and distribute it to customers running Oracle Database on different platforms

  • Simplify the distribution of data from a data warehouse environment to data marts, which are often running on smaller platforms

  • Enable the sharing of read-only tablespaces between Oracle Database installations on different operating systems or platforms, assuming that your storage system is accessible from those platforms and the platforms all have the same endianness, as described in the sections that follow

Many, but not all, platforms are supported for cross-platform tablespace transport. You can query the V$TRANSPORTABLE_PLATFORM view to see the platforms that are supported, and to determine each platform's endian format (byte ordering). The following query displays the platforms that support cross-platform tablespace transport:


----------- -------------------------------- --------------
          1 Solaris[tm] OE (32-bit)          Big
          2 Solaris[tm] OE (64-bit)          Big
          7 Microsoft Windows IA (32-bit)    Little
         10 Linux IA (32-bit)                Little
          6 AIX-Based Systems (64-bit)       Big
          3 HP-UX (64-bit)                   Big
          5 HP Tru64 UNIX                    Little
          4 HP-UX IA (64-bit)                Big
         11 Linux IA (64-bit)                Little
         15 HP Open VMS                      Little
          8 Microsoft Windows IA (64-bit)    Little
          9 IBM zSeries Based Linux          Big
         13 Linux 64-bit for AMD             Little
         16 Apple Mac OS                     Big
         12 Microsoft Windows 64-bit for AMD Little
         17 Solaris Operating System (x86)   Little
16 rows selected.

If the source platform and the target platform are of different endianness, then an additional step must be done on either the source or target platform to convert the tablespace being transported to the target format. If they are of the same endianness, then no conversion is necessary and tablespaces can be transported as if they were on the same platform.

Before a tablespace can be transported to a different platform, the datafile header must identify the platform to which it belongs. In an Oracle Database with compatibility set to 10.0.0 or later, you can accomplish this by making the datafile read/write at least once.

Limitations on Transportable Tablespace Use

Be aware of the following limitations as you plan to transport tablespaces:

  • The source and target database must use the same character set and national character set.

  • You cannot transport a tablespace to a target database in which a tablespace with the same name already exists. However, you can rename either the tablespace to be transported or the destination tablespace before the transport operation.

  • Objects with underlying objects (such as materialized views) or contained objects (such as partitioned tables) are not transportable unless all of the underlying or contained objects are in the tablespace set.

  • Encrypted tablespaces have the following the limitations:

    • Before transporting an encrypted tablespace, you must copy the Oracle wallet manually to the destination database, unless the master encryption key is stored in a Hardware Security Module (HSM) device instead of an Oracle wallet. When copying the wallet, the wallet password remains the same in the destination database. However, it is recommended that you change the password on the destination database so that each database has its own wallet password. See Oracle Database Advanced Security Administrator's Guide for information about HSM devices, about determining the location of the Oracle wallet, and about changing the wallet password with Oracle Wallet Manager.

    • You cannot transport an encrypted tablespace to a database that already has an Oracle wallet for transparent data encryption. In this case, you must use Oracle Data Pump to export the tablespace's schema objects and then import them to the destination database. You can optionally take advantage of Oracle Data Pump features that enable you to maintain encryption for the data while it is being exported and imported. See Oracle Database Utilities for more information.

    • You cannot transport an encrypted tablespace to a platform with different endianness.

  • Tablespaces that do not use block encryption but that contain tables with encrypted columns cannot be transported. You must use Oracle Data Pump to export and import the tablespace's schema objects. You can take advantage of Oracle Data Pump features that enable you to maintain encryption for the data while it is being exported and imported. See Oracle Database Utilities for more information.

  • Beginning with Oracle Database 10g Release 2, you can transport tablespaces that contain XMLTypes. Beginning with Oracle Database 11g Release 1, you must use only Data Pump to export and import the tablespace metadata for tablespaces that contain XMLTypes.

    The following query returns a list of tablespaces that contain XMLTypes:

    select distinct p.tablespace_name from dba_tablespaces p, 
      dba_xml_tables x, dba_users u, all_all_tables t where
      t.table_name=x.table_name and t.tablespace_name=p.tablespace_name
      and x.owner=u.username

    See Oracle XML DB Developer's Guide for information on XMLTypes.

    Transporting tablespaces with XMLTypes has the following limitations:

    • The target database must have XML DB installed.

    • Schemas referenced by XMLType tables cannot be the XML DB standard schemas.

    • Schemas referenced by XMLType tables cannot have cyclic dependencies.

    • XMLType tables with row level security are not supported, because they cannot be exported or imported.

    • If the schema for a transported XMLType table is not present in the target database, it is imported and registered. If the schema already exists in the target database, an error is returned unless the ignore=y option is set.

    • If an XMLType table uses a schema that is dependent on another schema, the schema that is depended on is not exported. The import succeeds only if that schema is already in the target database.

Additional limitations include the following:

Advanced Queues Transportable tablespaces do not support 8.0-compatible advanced queues with multiple recipients.

SYSTEM Tablespace Objects You cannot transport the SYSTEM tablespace or objects owned by the user SYS. Some examples of such objects are PL/SQL, Java classes, callouts, views, synonyms, users, privileges, dimensions, directories, and sequences.

Opaque Types 

Types whose interpretation is application-specific and opaque to the database (such as

RAW, BFILE, and the AnyTypes) can be transported, but they are not converted as part of the cross-platform transport operation. Their actual structure is known only to the application, so the application must address any endianness issues after these types are moved to the new platform. Types and objects that use these opaque types, either directly or indirectly, are also subject to this limitation.

Floating-Point Numbers 

BINARY_FLOAT and BINARY_DOUBLE types are transportable using Data Pump.

Compatibility Considerations for Transportable Tablespaces

When you create a transportable tablespace set, Oracle Database computes the lowest compatibility level at which the target database must run. This is referred to as the compatibility level of the transportable set. Beginning with Oracle Database 11g, a tablespace can always be transported to a database with the same or higher compatibility setting, whether the target database is on the same or a different platform. The database signals an error if the compatibility level of the transportable set is higher than the compatibility level of the target database.

The following table shows the minimum compatibility requirements of the source and target tablespace in various scenarios. The source and target database need not have the same compatibility setting.

Table 12-1 Minimum Compatibility Requirements

Transport Scenario Minimum Compatibility Setting
Source Database Target Database

Databases on the same platform



Tablespace with different database block size than the target database



Databases on different platforms



Transporting Tablespaces Between Databases: A Procedure and Example

The following steps summarize the process of transporting a tablespace. Details for each step are provided in the subsequent example.

  1. For cross-platform transport, check the endian format of both platforms by querying the V$TRANSPORTABLE_PLATFORM view.

    Ignore this step if you are transporting your tablespace set to the same platform.

  2. Pick a self-contained set of tablespaces.

  3. Generate a transportable tablespace set.

    A transportable tablespace set (or transportable set) consists of datafiles for the set of tablespaces being transported and an export file containing structural information (metadata) for the set of tablespaces. You use Data Pump to perform the export.

    If you are transporting the tablespace set to a platform with different endianness from the source platform, you must convert the tablespace set to the endianness of the target platform. You can perform a source-side conversion at this step in the procedure, or you can perform a target-side conversion as part of step 4.


    This method of generating a transportable tablespace requires that you temporarily make the tablespace read-only. If this is undesirable, you can use the alternate method known as transportable tablespace from backup. See Oracle Database Backup and Recovery User's Guide for details.
  4. Transport the tablespace set.

    Copy the datafiles and the export file to a place that is accessible to the target database.

    If you have transported the tablespace set to a platform with different endianness from the source platform, and you have not performed a source-side conversion to the endianness of the target platform, you should perform a target-side conversion now.

  5. Import the tablespace set.

    Invoke the Data Pump utility to import the metadata for the set of tablespaces into the target database.


The steps for transporting a tablespace are illustrated more fully in the example that follows, where it is assumed the following datafiles and tablespaces exist:

Tablespace Datafile
sales_1 /u01/oracle/oradata/salesdb/sales_101.dbf
sales_2 /u01/oracle/oradata/salesdb/sales_201.dbf

Step 1: Determine if Platforms are Supported and Determine Endianness

This step is only necessary if you are transporting the tablespace set to a platform different from the source platform.

If you are transporting the tablespace set to a platform different from the source platform, then determine if cross-platform tablespace transport is supported for both the source and target platforms, and determine the endianness of each platform. If both platforms have the same endianness, no conversion is necessary. Otherwise you must do a conversion of the tablespace set either at the source or target database.

If you are transporting sales_1 and sales_2 to a different platform, you can execute the following query on each platform. If the query returns a row, the platform supports cross-platform tablespace transport.


The following is the query result from the source platform:

------------------------- --------------
Solaris[tm] OE (32-bit)   Big

The following is the result from the target platform:

------------------------- --------------
Microsoft Windows NT      Little

You can see that the endian formats are different and thus a conversion is necessary for transporting the tablespace set.

Step 2: Pick a Self-Contained Set of Tablespaces

There may be logical or physical dependencies between objects in the transportable set and those outside of the set. You can only transport a set of tablespaces that is self-contained. In this context "self-contained" means that there are no references from inside the set of tablespaces pointing outside of the tablespaces. Some examples of self contained tablespace violations are:

  • An index inside the set of tablespaces is for a table outside of the set of tablespaces.


    It is not a violation if a corresponding index for a table is outside of the set of tablespaces.
  • A partitioned table is partially contained in the set of tablespaces.

    The tablespace set you want to copy must contain either all partitions of a partitioned table, or none of the partitions of a partitioned table. If you want to transport a subset of a partition table, you must exchange the partitions into tables.

  • A referential integrity constraint points to a table across a set boundary.

    When transporting a set of tablespaces, you can choose to include referential integrity constraints. However, doing so can affect whether or not a set of tablespaces is self-contained. If you decide not to transport constraints, then the constraints are not considered as pointers.

  • A table inside the set of tablespaces contains a LOB column that points to LOBs outside the set of tablespaces.

  • An XML DB schema (*.xsd) that was registered by user A imports a global schema that was registered by user B, and the following is true: the default tablespace for user A is tablespace A, the default tablespace for user B is tablespace B, and only tablespace A is included in the set of tablespaces.

To determine whether a set of tablespaces is self-contained, you can invoke the TRANSPORT_SET_CHECK procedure in the Oracle supplied package DBMS_TTS. You must have been granted the EXECUTE_CATALOG_ROLE role (initially signed to SYS) to execute this procedure.

When you invoke the DBMS_TTS package, you specify the list of tablespaces in the transportable set to be checked for self containment. You can optionally specify if constraints must be included. For strict or full containment, you must additionally set the TTS_FULL_CHECK parameter to TRUE.

The strict or full containment check is for cases that require capturing not only references going outside the transportable set, but also those coming into the set. Tablespace Point-in-Time Recovery (TSPITR) is one such case where dependent objects must be fully contained or fully outside the transportable set.

For example, it is a violation to perform TSPITR on a tablespace containing a table t but not its index i because the index and data will be inconsistent after the transport. A full containment check ensures that there are no dependencies going outside or coming into the transportable set. See the example for TSPITR in the Oracle Database Backup and Recovery User's Guide.


The default for transportable tablespaces is to check for self containment rather than full containment.

The following statement can be used to determine whether tablespaces sales_1 and sales_2 are self-contained, with referential integrity constraints taken into consideration (indicated by TRUE).


After invoking this PL/SQL package, you can see all violations by selecting from the TRANSPORT_SET_VIOLATIONS view. If the set of tablespaces is self-contained, this view is empty. The following example illustrates a case where there are two violations: a foreign key constraint, dept_fk, across the tablespace set boundary, and a partitioned table, jim.sales, that is partially contained in the tablespace set.


Constraint DEPT_FK between table JIM.EMP in tablespace SALES_1 and table
JIM.DEPT in tablespace OTHER
Partitioned table JIM.SALES is partially contained in the transportable set

These violations must be resolved before sales_1 and sales_2 are transportable. As noted in the next step, one choice for bypassing the integrity constraint violation is to not export the integrity constraints.

See Also:

Step 3: Generate a Transportable Tablespace Set

Any privileged user can perform this step. However, you must have been assigned the EXP_FULL_DATABASE role to perform a transportable tablespace export operation.


This method of generating a transportable tablespace requires that you temporarily make the tablespace read-only. If this is undesirable, you can use the alternate method known as transportable tablespace from backup. See Oracle Database Backup and Recovery User's Guide for details.

After ensuring you have a self-contained set of tablespaces that you want to transport, generate a transportable tablespace set by performing the following actions:

  1. Make all tablespaces in the set you are copying read-only.

    Tablespace altered.
    Tablespace altered.
  2. Invoke the Data Pump export utility on the host system and specify which tablespaces are in the transportable set.

    $ EXPDP system/password DUMPFILE=expdat.dmp DIRECTORY=dpump_dir 
            TRANSPORT_TABLESPACES = sales_1,sales_2

    You must always specify TRANSPORT_TABLESPACES, which determines the mode of the export operation. In this example:

    • The DUMPFILE parameter specifies the name of the structural information export file to be created, expdat.dmp.

    • The DIRECTORY parameter specifies the default directory object that points to the operating system or Automatic Storage Management location of the dump file. You must create the DIRECTORY object before invoking Data Pump, and you must grant the READ and WRITE object privileges on the directory to PUBLIC. See Oracle Database SQL Language Reference for information on the CREATE DIRECTORY command.

    • Triggers and indexes are included in the export operation by default.

    If you want to perform a transport tablespace operation with a strict containment check, use the TRANSPORT_FULL_CHECK parameter, as shown in the following example:

    EXPDP system/password DUMPFILE=expdat.dmp DIRECTORY = dpump_dir 

    In this example, the Data Pump export utility verifies that there are no dependencies between the objects inside the transportable set and objects outside the transportable set. If the tablespace set being transported is not self-contained, then the export fails and indicates that the transportable set is not self-contained. You must then return to Step 1 to resolve all violations.


    The Data Pump utility is used to export only data dictionary structural information (metadata) for the tablespaces. No actual data is unloaded, so this operation goes relatively quickly even for large tablespace sets.
  3. When finished, exit back to SQL*Plus:

    $ EXIT

    See Also:

    Oracle Database Utilities for information about using the Data Pump utility

If sales_1 and sales_2 are being transported to a different platform, and the endianness of the platforms is different, and if you want to convert before transporting the tablespace set, then convert the datafiles composing the sales_1 and sales_2 tablespaces:

  1. From SQL*Plus, return to the host system:

  2. The RMAN CONVERT command is used to do the conversion. Start RMAN and connect to the target database:

    Recovery Manager: Release 
    Copyright (c) 1995, 2003, Oracle Corporation.  All rights reserved.
    connected to target database: salesdb (DBID=3295731590)
  3. Convert the datafiles into a temporary location on the source platform. In this example, assume that the temporary location, directory /temp, has already been created. The converted datafiles are assigned names by the system.

    RMAN> CONVERT TABLESPACE sales_1,sales_2 
    2> TO PLATFORM 'Microsoft Windows NT'
    3> FORMAT '/temp/%U';
    Starting backup at 08-APR-03
    using target database control file instead of recovery catalog
    allocated channel: ORA_DISK_1
    channel ORA_DISK_1: sid=11 devtype=DISK
    channel ORA_DISK_1: starting datafile conversion
    input datafile fno=00005 name=/u01/oracle/oradata/salesdb/sales_101.dbf
    converted datafile=/temp/data_D-10_I-3295731590_TS-ADMIN_TBS_FNO-5_05ek24v5
    channel ORA_DISK_1: datafile conversion complete, elapsed time: 00:00:15
    channel ORA_DISK_1: starting datafile conversion
    input datafile fno=00004 name=/u01/oracle/oradata/salesdb/sales_101.dbf
    converted datafile=/temp/data_D-10_I-3295731590_TS-EXAMPLE_FNO-4_06ek24vl
    channel ORA_DISK_1: datafile conversion complete, elapsed time: 00:00:45
    Finished backup at 08-APR-03

    See Also:

    Oracle Database Backup and Recovery Reference for a description of the RMAN CONVERT command
  4. Exit Recovery Manager:

    RMAN> exit
    Recovery Manager complete.

Step 4: Transport the Tablespace Set

Transport both the datafiles and the export file of the tablespaces to a place that is accessible to the target database.

If both the source and destination are files systems, you can use:

  • Any facility for copying flat files (for example, an operating system copy utility or ftp)

  • The DBMS_FILE_TRANSFER package

  • RMAN

  • Any facility for publishing on CDs

If either the source or destination is an Automatic Storage Management (ASM) disk group, you can use:


Exercise caution when using the UNIX dd utility to copy raw-device files between databases. The dd utility can be used to copy an entire source raw-device file, or it can be invoked with options that instruct it to copy only a specific range of blocks from the source raw-device file.

It is difficult to ascertain actual datafile size for a raw-device file because of hidden control information that is stored as part of the datafile. Thus, it is advisable when using the dd utility to specify copying the entire source raw-device file contents.

If you are transporting the tablespace set to a platform with endianness that is different from the source platform, and you have not yet converted the tablespace set, you must do so now. This example assumes that you have completed the following steps before the transport:

  1. Set the source tablespaces to be transported to be read-only.

  2. Use the export utility to create an export file (in our example, expdat.dmp).

Datafiles that are to be converted on the target platform can be moved to a temporary location on the target platform. However, all datafiles, whether already converted or not, must be moved to a designated location on the target database.

Now use RMAN to convert the necessary transported datafiles to the endian format of the destination host format and deposit the results in /orahome/dbs, as shown in this hypothetical example:

2> '/hq/finance/work/tru/tbs_31.f',
3> '/hq/finance/work/tru/tbs_32.f',
4> '/hq/finance/work/tru/tbs_41.f'
5> TO PLATFORM="Solaris[tm] OE (32-bit)"
8> "/hq/finance/work/tru/", "/hq/finance/dbs/tru"

You identify the datafiles by filename, not by tablespace name. Until the tablespace metadata is imported, the local instance has no way of knowing the desired tablespace names. The source and destination platforms are optional. RMAN determines the source platform by examining the datafile, and the target platform defaults to the platform of the host running the conversion.

See Also:

"Copying Files Using the Database Server" for information about using the DBMS_FILE_TRANSFER package to copy the files that are being transported and their metadata

Step 5: Import the Tablespace Set


If you are transporting a tablespace of a different block size than the standard block size of the database receiving the tablespace set, then you must first have a DB_nK_CACHE_SIZE initialization parameter entry in the receiving database parameter file.

For example, if you are transporting a tablespace with an 8K block size into a database with a 4K standard block size, then you must include a DB_8K_CACHE_SIZE initialization parameter entry in the parameter file. If it is not already included in the parameter file, this parameter can be set using the ALTER SYSTEM SET statement.

See Oracle Database Reference for information about specifying values for the DB_nK_CACHE_SIZE initialization parameter.

Any privileged user can perform this step. To import a tablespace set, perform the following tasks:

  1. Import the tablespace metadata using the Data Pump Import utility, impdp:

    IMPDP system/password DUMPFILE=expdat.dmp DIRECTORY=dpump_dir
       REMAP_SCHEMA=(dcranney:smith) REMAP_SCHEMA=(jfee:williams)

    In this example we specify the following:

    • The DUMPFILE parameter specifies the exported file containing the metadata for the tablespaces to be imported.

    • The DIRECTORY parameter specifies the directory object that identifies the location of the dump file.

    • The TRANSPORT_DATAFILES parameter identifies all of the datafiles containing the tablespaces to be imported.

    • The REMAP_SCHEMA parameter changes the ownership of database objects. If you do not specify REMAP_SCHEMA, all database objects (such as tables and indexes) are created in the same user schema as in the source database, and those users must already exist in the target database. If they do not exist, then the import utility returns an error. In this example, objects in the tablespace set owned by dcranney in the source database will be owned by smith in the target database after the tablespace set is imported. Similarly, objects owned by jfee in the source database will be owned by williams in the target database. In this case, the target database is not required to have users dcranney and jfee, but must have users smith and williams.

    After this statement executes successfully, all tablespaces in the set being copied remain in read-only mode. Check the import logs to ensure that no error has occurred.

    When dealing with a large number of datafiles, specifying the list of datafile names in the statement line can be a laborious process. It can even exceed the statement line limit. In this situation, you can use an import parameter file. For example, you can invoke the Data Pump import utility as follows:

    IMPDP system/password PARFILE='par.f'

    where the parameter file, par.f contains the following:


    See Also:

    Oracle Database Utilities for information about using the import utility
  2. If required, put the tablespaces into read/write mode as follows:


Using Transportable Tablespaces: Scenarios

The following sections describe some uses for transportable tablespaces:

Transporting and Attaching Partitions for Data Warehousing

Typical enterprise data warehouses contain one or more large fact tables. These fact tables can be partitioned by date, making the enterprise data warehouse a historical database. You can build indexes to speed up star queries. Oracle recommends that you build local indexes for such historically partitioned tables to avoid rebuilding global indexes every time you drop the oldest partition from the historical database.

Suppose every month you would like to load one month of data into the data warehouse. There is a large fact table in the data warehouse called sales, which has the following columns:

CREATE TABLE sales (invoice_no NUMBER,
   sale_year  INT NOT NULL,
   sale_month INT NOT NULL,
   sale_day   INT NOT NULL)
   PARTITION BY RANGE (sale_year, sale_month, sale_day)
     (partition jan98 VALUES LESS THAN (1998, 2, 1),
      partition feb98 VALUES LESS THAN (1998, 3, 1),
      partition mar98 VALUES LESS THAN (1998, 4, 1),
      partition apr98 VALUES LESS THAN (1998, 5, 1),
      partition may98 VALUES LESS THAN (1998, 6, 1),
      partition jun98 VALUES LESS THAN (1998, 7, 1));

You create a local non-prefixed index:

CREATE INDEX sales_index ON sales(invoice_no) LOCAL;

Initially, all partitions are empty, and are in the same default tablespace. Each month, you want to create one partition and attach it to the partitioned sales table.

Suppose it is July 1998, and you would like to load the July sales data into the partitioned table. In a staging database, you create a new tablespace, ts_jul. You also create a table, jul_sales, in that tablespace with exactly the same column types as the sales table. You can create the table jul_sales using the CREATE TABLE ... AS SELECT statement. After creating and populating jul_sales, you can also create an index, jul_sale_index, for the table, indexing the same column as the local index in the sales table. After building the index, transport the tablespace ts_jul to the data warehouse.

In the data warehouse, add a partition to the sales table for the July sales data. This also creates another partition for the local non-prefixed index:


Attach the transported table jul_sales to the table sales by exchanging it with the new partition:


This statement places the July sales data into the new partition jul98, attaching the new data to the partitioned table. This statement also converts the index jul_sale_index into a partition of the local index for the sales table. This statement should return immediately, because it only operates on the structural information and it simply switches database pointers. If you know that the data in the new partition does not overlap with data in previous partitions, you are advised to specify the WITHOUT VALIDATION clause. Otherwise, the statement goes through all the new data in the new partition in an attempt to validate the range of that partition.

If all partitions of the sales table came from the same staging database (the staging database is never destroyed), the exchange statement always succeeds. In general, however, if data in a partitioned table comes from different databases, it is possible that the exchange operation may fail. For example, if the jan98 partition of sales did not come from the same staging database, the preceding exchange operation can fail, returning the following error:

ORA-19728: data object number conflict between table JUL_SALES and partition JAN98 in table SALES

To resolve this conflict, move the offending partition by issuing the following statement:


Then retry the exchange operation.

After the exchange succeeds, you can safely drop jul_sales and jul_sale_index (both are now empty). Thus you have successfully loaded the July sales data into your data warehouse.

Publishing Structured Data on CDs

Transportable tablespaces provide a way to publish structured data on CDs. A data provider can load a tablespace with data to be published, generate the transportable set, and copy the transportable set to a CD. This CD can then be distributed.

When customers receive this CD, they can add the CD contents to an existing database without having to copy the datafiles from the CD to disk storage. For example, suppose on a Windows NT machine D: drive is the CD drive. You can import a transportable set with datafile catalog.f and export file expdat.dmp as follows:

IMPDP system/password DUMPFILE=expdat.dmp DIRECTORY=dpump_dir

You can remove the CD while the database is still up. Subsequent queries to the tablespace return an error indicating that the database cannot open the datafiles on the CD. However, operations to other parts of the database are not affected. Placing the CD back into the drive makes the tablespace readable again.

Removing the CD is the same as removing the datafiles of a read-only tablespace. If you shut down and restart the database, the database indicates that it cannot find the removed datafile and does not open the database (unless you set the initialization parameter READ_ONLY_OPEN_DELAYED to TRUE). When READ_ONLY_OPEN_DELAYED is set to TRUE, the database reads the file only when someone queries the transported tablespace. Thus, when transporting a tablespace from a CD, you should always set the READ_ONLY_OPEN_DELAYED initialization parameter to TRUE, unless the CD is permanently attached to the database.

Mounting the Same Tablespace Read-Only on Multiple Databases

You can use transportable tablespaces to mount a tablespace read-only on multiple databases. In this way, separate databases can share the same data on disk instead of duplicating data on separate disks. The tablespace datafiles must be accessible by all databases. To avoid database corruption, the tablespace must remain read-only in all the databases mounting the tablespace.

The following are two scenarios for mounting the same tablespace read-only on multiple databases:

  • The tablespace originates in a database that is separate from the databases that will share the tablespace.

    You generate a transportable set in the source database, put the transportable set onto a disk that is accessible to all databases, and then import the metadata into each database on which you want to mount the tablespace.

  • The tablespace already belongs to one of the databases that will share the tablespace.

    It is assumed that the datafiles are already on a shared disk. In the database where the tablespace already exists, you make the tablespace read-only, generate the transportable set, and then import the tablespace into the other databases, leaving the datafiles in the same location on the shared disk.

You can make a disk accessible by multiple computers in several ways. You can use either a cluster file system or raw disk. You can also use network file system (NFS), but be aware that if a user queries the shared tablespace while NFS is down, the database will hang until the NFS operation times out.

Later, you can drop the read-only tablespace in some of the databases. Doing so does not modify the datafiles for the tablespace. Thus, the drop operation does not corrupt the tablespace. Do not make the tablespace read/write unless only one database is mounting the tablespace.

Archiving Historical Data Using Transportable Tablespaces

Since a transportable tablespace set is a self-contained set of files that can be imported into any Oracle Database, you can archive old/historical data in an enterprise data warehouse using the transportable tablespace procedures described in this chapter.

See Also:

Oracle Database Data Warehousing Guide for more details

Using Transportable Tablespaces to Perform TSPITR

You can use transportable tablespaces to perform tablespace point-in-time recovery (TSPITR).

See Also:

Oracle Database Backup and Recovery User's Guide for information about how to perform TSPITR using transportable tablespaces

Moving Databases Across Platforms Using Transportable Tablespaces

You can use the transportable tablespace feature to migrate a database to a different platform by creating a new database on the destination platform and performing a transport of all the user tablespaces. See Oracle Database Backup and Recovery User's Guide for more information.

You cannot transport the SYSTEM tablespace. Therefore, objects such as sequences, PL/SQL packages, and other objects that depend on the SYSTEM tablespace are not transported. You must either create these objects manually on the destination database, or use Data Pump to transport the objects that are not moved by transportable tablespace.