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File Handles Are Not Released After Tablespace Is Dropped (Doc ID 469731.1)

Last updated on FEBRUARY 19, 2019

Applies to:

Oracle Database - Enterprise Edition - Version and later
Information in this document applies to any platform.


After dropping a tablespace including contents and data files...

the os command lsof (which list open files) shows that process J000 holds a lock on the data file

This job had run the gather_stats_job, which had reported errors in the tracefile, due to unusable indexes.

As a result, the space that was consumed by the data file may not be instantly reclaimed by the filesystem until the file handle is released.


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