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How to Drop a Datafile From a Tablespace (Doc ID 111316.1)

Last updated on SEPTEMBER 20, 2023

Applies to:

Oracle Database - Enterprise Edition - Version to [Release 7.0 to 11.2]
Oracle Database - Standard Edition - Version to [Release 10.2]
Oracle Database Cloud Schema Service - Version N/A and later
Gen 1 Exadata Cloud at Customer (Oracle Exadata Database Cloud Machine) - Version N/A and later
Oracle Database Cloud Service - Version N/A and later
Information in this document applies to any platform.


This note explains how a datafile can be removed from a database.

Since there can be confusion as to how a datafile can be dropped because of the ALTER DATABASE DATAFILE OFFLINE DROP command, this note explains the
steps needed to delete a datafile and, in contrast, when the OFFLINE DROP command is used.


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