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RE: System Tablespace and Autoextend

From: Hately, Mike (NESL-IT) <>
Date: Thu, 07 Nov 2002 09:24:11 -0800
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FWIW I'd go with Dennis here. I don't like AUTOEXTEND on the SYSTEM tablespace.
(In fact I'm not overenamoured of AUTOEXTEND on any datfile, except maybe on dev and sandbox databases).
If the SYSTEM tablespace isn't used for rollbacks (apart from the SYSTEM rollback) or temporary segments and the auditing information is written to it's own tablespace then I can't think of a set of circumstances that would cause the SYSTEM tablespace to rapidly fill up. System upgrade/migrations are the exception to this rule but in general a DBA would plan ahead for those occasions anyway.

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Sent: Thursday, November 07, 2002 4:29 PM To: Multiple recipients of list ORACLE-L

I've been running with autoextend on (though limited to 2Gig) and never had a problem.

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Sent: Thursday, October 24, 2002 5:26 PM

I run my SYSTEM tablesaces in autoextend, and have for some time. I run them that way from the point of database creation and have never had a problem. There were some problems with autoextend in earlier versions of 8 (and I think they managed to migrate to early 8i versions as well) with 2GB boundaries, but those have all been corrected.


Robert G. Freeman - Oracle OCP
Oracle Database Architect
CSX Midtier Database Administration

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Sent: Thursday, October 24, 2002 4:46 PM

Sam -

   I haven't made the system tablespace autoextend because I can't easily recover the space if it overextends. I would rather take the risk that something hits an error from a lack of space in the system tablespace. With other tablespaces you can always rebuild the tablespace if you need to.

Dennis Williams
Lifetouch, Inc.

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Sent: Thursday, October 24, 2002 1:27 PM

Hello All,

I have heard several times that if the SYSTEM tablespace runs out of space and needs to autoextend (assuming autoextend is turned on for the data file), then you run the risk of the database crashing and of data dictionary corruption. I have never personally encountered this problem, so I have no experience on what actually does happen.

I looked in metalink for documents on this, but turned up nothing. Does anybody have experience on the dangers of allowing the SYSTEM tablespace to autoextend and also any documents on Metalink or OTN that describe this problem?

We are running Oracle versions 7.3.4, 8.0.5, 8.1.7, and 9.2. All our Oracle versions are running on Windows NT (or Windows 2000).

Thanks for any feedback.

Sam Bootsma, OCP

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