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Packages and commands for cost-based optimization

What PL/SQL packages and what commands are better for a DBA to use for cost-based optimization?

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If you are using Oracle 9i or 10g, then the only PL/SQL package for optimizer statistics is the DBMS_STATS package. Read more information on this package here.

Do not use the old ANALYZE TABLE or ANALYZE INDEX to generate optimizer statistics anymore. The DBMS_STATS package does a much better job and it has more features.

This was first published in February 2007

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