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What is the System Change Number? [message #241567] Wed, 30 May 2007 01:10 Go to next message
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Dear all and especially Michel!

I am wondering about the SCN - System Change Number. I know it is a sequence number whenever Database is being opened reset log. But I don't know where is the view V$ to see it, and when does SCN occur?

Would you like to guide me, and send me a document (or link) to learn about it carefully?

Thank you very much!
Re: What is the System Change Number? [message #241580 is a reply to message #241567] Wed, 30 May 2007 01:40 Go to previous message
Michel Cadot
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SQL> select current_scn from v$database;

1 row selected.

SQL> select dbms_flashback.get_system_change_number from dual;

1 row selected.

Many things can change SCN mostly user and internal commits.
As you can see in my example, I was alone on my db but the time I typed the 2 statements SCN increased of 1.
SCN is just a tick (like clock tick) to measure db internal time (like clock measures "real" time).

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