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Running large inserts without rollback errors

I have a question on 'How to run multiple batch jobs using different rollbacks' in a data warehouse environment. I have more than one large insert (average 5 million rows) batch job that I would like to run at the same time and avoid rollback errors.

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I think you're asking how to point a long-running transaction to a specified large rollback segment. All you need to do is to create a large rollback segment, bring it online and set your insert transaction to point to that rollback segment. You'll use SET TRANSACTION USE ROLLBACK SEGMENT REAL_BIG_RBS just before your insert to point the insert transaction to the big rollback segment you created.

To determine which rollback segment a transaction is using at any given time, you can use this query to make sure your INSERT is using the correct RBS:

SELECT rollback_seg_name, l.sid oracle_pid, p.spid system_pid,
       nvl(p.username,'NO TRANSACTION') username, p.terminal
  FROM v$lock l, v$process p, v$rollname r
 WHERE l.sid =
   AND trunc(l.id1(+)/65536) = r.usn
   AND l.type(+) = 'TX'
   AND l.lmode(+) = 6

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This was first published in February 2003

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