Re: speeding up expdp

From: Maureen English <>
Date: Sat, 5 May 2012 09:52:55 -0800
Message-ID: <>

The database is Enterprise Edition.

I've tried the export with parallel=2, parallel=4 and parallel=6 and all take about the
same amount of time. I also set the database parameters parallel_min_servers and
parallel_max_servers to 6 and 12, respectively. I see the processes start up in the
database at the beginning of the export, but I didn't check to see how many were
still running when the export was done with everything but these last 2 tables. I've
just been watching the dump files...only 2 are being written to at the end.

I do believe that both of these tables have a lob column. Does that mean I just have
to live with the 7.5 hours? At least the import to the new machine only takes about
1.5 hours.

I'm also excluding indexes/constraints for the export and import.

I'm pretty sure I read through the checklist document, but not the other 2. I'll
check them out.


  • Maureen

On Fri, May 4, 2012 at 9:51 PM, D'Hooge Freek <> wrote:
> Maureen,
> Is your database an enterprise edition or a standard edition?
> If you have an enterprise edition, then expdp can work with multiple parallel slaves.
> One thing you then need to look for is if the 2 large tables are also exported in parallel or if only 1 process is exporting them.
> If the table for instance has a lob column, then oracle can't export it in parallel.
> Sometimes Oracle chooses for some reason wrongfully the direct path method for a table, which disables the parallel feature. In that case you can try to force expdp to use the external table method.
> The notes below give you a good starting point on how to improve the performance of datapump and how to check what is happening:
> Checklist for Slow Performance of Export Data Pump (expdp) and Import DataPump (impdp) [ID 453895.1]
> Export/Import DataPump Parameter TRACE - How to Diagnose Oracle Data Pump [ID 286496.1]
> Export/Import DataPump Parameter ACCESS_METHOD - How to Enforce a Method of Loading and Unloading Data ? [ID 552424.1]
> Kind regards,
> Freek D'Hooge
> Uptime
> Oracle Database Administrator
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> tel +32(0)3 451 23 82
> disclaimer:
> -----Original Message-----
> From: [] On Behalf Of Maureen English
> Sent: zaterdag 5 mei 2012 3:58
> To:
> Subject: speeding up expdp
> Hi,
> We have an Oracle 10g database on RHEL5.  I would love to find a way
> to speed up the export
> of the database.  It currently takes about 7.5 hours.  The main
> problem is with 2 tables, one of
> which is 30GB, the other is 70GB.
> I've looked through the documentation for expdp, as well as gone
> through all of the Metalink notes
> I could find that were related to expdp running slowly.  I've tweaked
> things here and there, but I
> can't get the export to run any faster.  I know the system is a little
> slow, and I'm writing to an
> NFS mounted drive, but I was really hoping that this could be done
> faster.  I haven't tried using
> exp instead, but I'm considering that for another test.
> Any suggestions?
> - Maureen
> --

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