Merge command - Delete

From: Robert Freeman <>
Date: Fri, 12 Jun 2009 09:09:54 -0700 (PDT)
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So, has anyone figured out a really slick way of using the merge command to delete records in the target table when the record is not in the source table? I know there is a delete option in 10g and later, but that requires that the record be in the source table, with something that marks it as deleted. If the record is not in the source table, then that's a different condition and merge does not seem to handle that naturally.

I've considered wrapping it into PL/SQL with a subsequent delete command or building a view with an outer join marking the missing records as missing but I thought someone might have figured out something slicker worth trying... :-)


 Robert G. Freeman
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