Ghost Data

  • From: "Allen, Brandon" <Brandon.Allen@xxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: "michaelw436@xxxxxxxxx" <michaelw436@xxxxxxxxx>, oracle-l <oracle-l@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Tue, 30 Jun 2009 15:41:26 -0700

I'm starting a new thread on this specific topic to avoid high jacking the 
other one.  Reading about this "ghost data" reminds me of a surprising 
discovery I made a few months ago but had forgotten about until today.

I created a brand new tablespace with a new datafile, created one table in the 
new tablespace and inserted one row.  When I ran "strings" on the datafile, I 
only saw the instance name and tablespace name - so far, so good.  Then I 
forced a checkpoint to write the data out to the file and was surprised to find 
that when I looked at the datafile with "strings" again, it had a bunch of data 
from other database tables in it.

Is this normal, known behavior?  Does Oracle just copy data from other blocks 
of the database into the new file as buffer space to fill it up?  I duplicated 
this on and


From: oracle-l-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx [mailto:oracle-l-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] On 
Behalf Of Michael Wehrle
Sent: Tuesday, June 30, 2009 1:45 PM
To: Mathias Magnusson; oracle-l
Subject: Re: Quickest Way To Recreate a Database

Mathias, Oracle explains what this ghost data is here...

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