How To Reclaim All Space With Truncate Table

(Doc ID 1366521.1)

Last updated on DECEMBER 01, 2016

Applies to:

Oracle Database - Enterprise Edition - Version 11.2.0.2 to 11.2.0.3 [Release 11.2]
Information in this document applies to any platform.
***Checked for relevance on 01-Dec-2016***

Goal

Using the TRUNCATE statement provides a fast, efficient method for deleting all rows from a table or cluster. A TRUNCATE statement does not generate any undo information and it commits immediately. It is a DDL statement and cannot be rolled back. A TRUNCATE statement does not affect any structures associated with the table being truncated (constraints and triggers) or authorizations. A TRUNCATE statement also specifies whether space currently allocated for the table is returned to the containing tablespace after truncation.

In previous release 11gR1 when a truncate was executed Oracle keeps the segment associated with a table. Oracle 11gR1 does provide the DROP STORAGE and REUSE STORAGE clauses but the DROP STORAGE clause only drops extents beyond the minimum extents.
Starting with Oracle 11gR2 (11.2.0.2), a TRUNCATE statement can also specify the DROP ALL STORAGE clause to release the space currently allocated for a table to the containing tablespace.

Solution

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