How To Flush an Object Out The Library Cache [SGA] Using The DBMS_SHARED_POOL Package
Last updated on MARCH 08, 2018
Applies to:PL/SQL - Version 10.2.0.2 and later
Oracle Database - Enterprise Edition - Version 10.2.0.2 and later
Information in this document applies to any platform.
***Checked for relevance on 02-Oct-2012***
This article explains and illustrates how the PURGE procedure in the DBMS_SHARED_POOL package can be used to flush a specific object, such as a cursor, out of the Object Library Cache.
The syntax for the DBMS_SHARED_POOL.PURGE package is:
Explanation: Purge the named object or particular heap(s) of the object.
name: The name of the object to purge.
There are two kinds of objects:
PL/SQL objects, triggers, sequences, types and Java objects which are specified by name,
SQL cursor objects which are specified by a twopart number. The value for this identifier
is the concatenation of the 'address' and 'hash_value' columns from the v$sqlarea view.
flag: This is an optional parameter. If the parameter is not specified,
the package assumes that the first parameter is the name of a
package/procedure/function and will resolve the name. Otherwise,
the parameter is a character string indicating what kind of object
to purge the name identifies. The string is case insensitive.
The possible values and the kinds of objects they indicate are
given in the following table:
Value Kind of Object to keep
JS java source
JC java class
JR java resource
JD java shared data
heaps: heaps to purge. e.g if heap 0 and heap 6 are to be purged.
1<<0 | 1< Default is 1 i.e heap 0 which means the whole object will be purged.
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