A continuation of my notes as I study for the Oracle Certified Associate credential:
A tablespace contains one or more segments (e.g., table segment, index segment, undo segment), which are contained on one or more database files
Tablespaces are a method of organizing physical database files with logical segments
At a minimum, 2 tablespaces must be created as part of Oracle 10g: SYSTEM and SYSAUX
Data about data. (e.g., table definitions, integrity constraints, etc.)
Created as part of the CREATE DATABASE command
PL/SQL Packages are stored as part of the data dictionary even though owned by users
Stored in SYSTEM and SYSAUX tablespaces
Instance Parameter File
Exists for Instance-specific parameters. Not to be confused with the database installation parameter file.
Can be static-ASCII based (init.ora – maintained through a text editor) or dynamic-Binary based (spfileSID.ora – maintained through Oracle tools).
The parameter Database Block Size cannot be changed once the database has been created. All other parameters can be adjusted.
Oracle Password File: While OS authentication is required to access Oracle. Oracle also has authentication abilities even when instance is down, through use of an optional, encrypted password file.
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