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Dropping old partitions

Dropping partitions invalidates any dependant procs/packages, etc. In a 24x7 shop, how can we purge/drop old partitions without taking a database outage?

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The short answer is that you cannot drop a partition without invalidating dependent objects. However, so long as those objects do not refer directly to the dropped partition, the next time the dependent object is used, it will be recompiled and validated.

Should you not be satisfied with that behavior, then drop your partitions during some maintenance window when you can manually compile the dependent objects.

This was first published in May 2006

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