RE: Cursors

From: Powell, Mark <>
Date: Wed, 23 Dec 2009 19:08:50 +0000
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The Gist of the article referred to by the link seems to be that you should explicitly close your cursors in pl/sql since Oracle will do so for you in only limited circumstances.

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From: [] On Behalf Of Rumpi Gravenstein Sent: Wednesday, December 23, 2009 1:50 PM To:
Subject: Re: Cursors

My understanding is that if you are talking about a cursors within pl/sql procedures, as the block exists, the cursors are closed for you automatically. There are a number of innovations that have occurred over the last few versions in this area with cursor caching and what not. For a good discussion see:

On Wed, Dec 23, 2009 at 1:43 PM, <> wrote:
> From what i've always known is you do not have to "close" a cursor
> when you loop it with a FOR LOOP.  But if you explicitly say OPEN,
> FETCH... etc, then you need a CLOSE.  That's just off the top of my head, though.
> Lyall
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> From: Goulet, Richard <>
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> Sent: Wed, Dec 23, 2009 1:31 pm
> Subject: Cursors
> All,
>         First off, Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukah, Happy Kwanza, etc. 
> to one and All.
>         I'm trying to track down a perception that some of our
> developers have that there is no longer, post Oracle 10g R1, a need
> for their applications to close cursors.  I've searched the Oracle
> docs, Metalink, and Google to no avail.  Anyone else hear about this "feature"?
> Dick Goulet
> Senior Oracle DBA/NA Team Lead
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Rumpi Gravenstein

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