Re: An ancient mystery

  • From: Daniel Fink <daniel.fink@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: oracledba.williams@xxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Thu, 20 Nov 2008 20:26:09 -0700

Was there a data load occurring that would have invalidated the index?

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Lost Data?

Dennis Williams wrote:
The situation: Oracle <> database on Solaris 8 (soon to be upgraded to 10g)
Rule-based Optimizer
A query which has run for years using an indexed access to a very large table (maybe 100 million rows) suddenly decides to use a full-table scan, shutting down a critical business process. Then after several hours, it switches back to using the index.
All concerned claim that nothing changed before or after.
Needless to say the business users are nervous. They think maybe the database grew beyond some limit. Can anyone think of an explanation? Thanks,
Dennis Williams

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