RE: How are ITL entries banked?

From: Rajesh Rao <>
Date: Fri, 8 Jan 2010 12:23:46 -0500
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“ITL is blanked by the DML session only if the block is still in the cache”.

Doesn’t it work in conjunction with a parameter that defines the dirty block threshold?


From: [] On Behalf Of vit.spinka Sent: Friday, January 08, 2010 12:01 PM To:
Subject: Re: How are ITL entries banked?

Hi Martin,

the acutal algortihm is in fact a bit complicated; if I simplify it, then the ITL is blanked by the DML session only if the block is still in the cache. This is the "fast commit" cleanout. If it's already on the disk, than it's blanked by any other session that reads it from the disk next time. The session checks the undo if the referenced XID is till active; if not, the commit SCN of that XID is used to blank the ITL. If the XID is no longer in undo, we can safely assume the transaction already commited and blank the ITL as well (using lowest SCN of any active transaction). This is the "delayed block cleanout".

Note that blanking the ITL also involves setting the commit SCN of that particular row, so we can properly answer any read-consistent queries.

Further details are described at .

Vit Spinka

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