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ORA-04091: table is mutating

I encountered the error "ORA-04091: table XXXX is mutating, trigger/function may not see it" when I created an after insert trigger. The trigger is as follows:
   regaddress FOR EACH ROW
   UPDATE regaddress SET
   destname = name WHERE
   detailscode :NEW.detailscode;
As seen on the net I tried adding PRAGMA AUTONOMOUS_TRANSACTION to the code. The error went away but the table didn't get updated. Also I want this kind of update to happen as I cannot modify it through the front end because the same form is running in different departments, so the only option is to write a trigger.

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A mutating table is a table that is currently being modified by an update, delete or insert statement. Oracle returns the ORA-04091 error if a row trigger reads or modifies the mutating table (for example, if a trigger contains a select statement or an update statement referencing the table it is triggering off of).

One way to handle this situation is to use a package PL/SQL table to store ROWIDs of updated records in a row trigger, and reprocess the updated records in a statement trigger.

Search for Note:156388.1 at for more info.

This was first published in August 2006

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