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RE: 2GB or not 2GB (datafile limit)? That is the question.

From: Mercadante, Thomas F \(LABOR\) <>
Date: Fri, 8 Sep 2006 10:43:09 -0400
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I also do not think there is a limit any longer. The only self-imposed limit I consider is file and space management. If your mount point is, say, 80G, then creating files to fit is my only consideration. I would consider multiple 10G files rather than an 80Gig file just so that I can manage the files across files systems a little easier. Easier to move them around if I need to.  

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I don't think so. The only real reason I can see would be it's easier and faster to restore two or three 'corrupt' files of 2GB than a whole 100GB file, but in the Oracle environment, that probably doesn't make any difference, as you'd still probably need to restore all of the associated 2 GB files for that tablespace, and multiple small files take longer than one large file.

It might make a difference with many disks, as you could have the smaller files (even if they were 25 GB), spread across multiple disks, so multiple reads could be accomplished faster, instead of back and forth within the same file on the same disk (or am I dating myself here?).

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2GB or not 2GB (datafile limit)? That is the question.      

Many moons ago, way back in the 32-bit era when Y2K was a looming nightmare, I had instituted a policy that no Oracle datafile would be setup to grow larger than 2GB. This was due to some known bugs with files larger than 2GB on many platforms/filesystems at the time.

As I'm now looking at a vendor's ERP installation, I was about to reduce their max datafile size from 32GB to 2GB when I asked myself "Why?". Is there any valid sane reason to do this anymore? I do not expect the DB size to grow beyond a modest 100GB in the next two years. The server is an IBM P5 blade running AIX5.3 and using JFS filesystems. Other similar servers with other DBs (e.g. Sybase) currently handle db files in the 100's of GB with no problem.

I don't see any need to limit the datafile size to 2GB anymore. Anyone else?



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