In Oracle 9i, is there a way to identify the specific row being locked in a particular table? I have seen much code that identifies the object being locked and by whom, but I need to be able to identify the row.

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Oracle has several views for showing lock status:

  • DBA_BLOCKERS -- Shows non-waiting sessions holding locks being waited on
  • DBA_DDL_LOCKS -- Shows all DDL locks held or being requested
  • DBA_DML_LOCKS -- Shows all DML locks held or being requested
  • DBA_LOCK_INTERNAL -- Displays one row for every lock or latch held or being requested
  • DBA_LOCKS -- Shows all locks or latches held or being requested
  • DBA_WAITERS -- Shows all sessions waiting on, but not holding waited for locks

The DBA_LOCK_INTERNAL view is best to show locks for a specific user, and you can specify the query in the form:

   NVL(b.username,'SYS') username,
   sys.dba_lock_internal a,
   sys.v_$session b
where  . . .
For a complete list of over 600 Oracle scripts, I would recommend the Ault Oracle script location at

This was first published in November 2005

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