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Use SELECT ANY DICTIONARY or SELECT_CATALOG_ROLE or O7_DICTIONARY_ACCESSIBILITY? (Doc ID 153510.1)

Last updated on FEBRUARY 03, 2019

Applies to:

Oracle Database - Enterprise Edition - Version 9.2.0.1 to 12.1.0.2 [Release 9.2 to 12.1]
Information in this document applies to any platform.
Checked for relevance on 10-Jun-2013

Purpose

This document explains how users can select data from dictionary views and which means a DBA would use among the following three to provide access to dictionary views to users:

=> SELECT ANY DICTIONARY new 9i system privilege
=> SELECT_CATALOG_ROLE role
=> O7_DICTIONARY_ACCESSIBILITY init.ora parameter

The init.ora O7_DICTIONARY_ACCESSIBILITY is still available in versions 9i,10g&11g, as well as the SELECT_CATALOG_ROLE role. A new system privilege, SELECT ANY DICTIONARY, allows users to select data from dictionary views.

DBA's need to understand the subtlety between these 3 possibilities to use one or the other.

Scope

This audience for this document is intended to be DBAs and software developers.

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