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  1. #1
    Join Date
    Dec 2001

    Solution to get count(*) from Big tables quickly

    Oracle Version: Either 10g OR 11gR2

    Objective: Finding total count(number of records) in each table under any schema.

    Avoiding: trying to avoid count(*) OR referring num_rows in dba_tables (even if stats in on)

    Tools: Either exp OR expdp

    (1) Is there any way I could generate an Oracle export log file with number of records per table (exactly like our normal export log) WITHOUT actually exporting data?

    (2) Or is there any suggestion to retrieve total number of records [ count(*)] from big tables quickly?

    Please Note: BTW, I am aware of ESTIMATE_ONLY, but that is not what I am looking for.


  2. #2
    Join Date
    Mar 2007
    Ft. Lauderdale, FL
    Other than having a PK or index on a "not null" column plus doing the count(*) in parallel... nothing I can think about.
    Pablo (Paul) Berzukov

    Author of Understanding Database Administration available at amazon and other bookstores.

    Disclaimer: Advice is provided to the best of my knowledge but no implicit or explicit warranties are provided. Since the advisor explicitly encourages testing any and all suggestions on a test non-production environment advisor should not held liable or responsible for any actions taken based on the given advice.

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Dec 2002
    If you gather stats with full compute option, you can get number of records from the statistics view.

  4. #4
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    Nov 2000
    Pittsburgh, PA
    If you only want an estimate, and you keep stats on your schema,
    i would look at num_rows in the dba_tables view.

    Or you could try a ouija board...
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