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Oracle10g Extended ROWID Format

Rowids of rows that belong to BFTs do not contain the relative file number.

Smallfile Tablespace Rowid Format

Smallfile tablespace has a four-pieces format, OOOOOOFFFBBBBBBRRR, in which:

  • OOOOOO is the data object number of the segment.
  • FFF is the tablespace-relative datafile number of the datafile that contains the row.
  • BBBBBB is the data block that contains the row.
  • RRR is the slot number identifying the row inside a particular block.

Bigfile Tablespace Rowid Format

In a bigfile tablespace, there is only one file that always has a relative file number of 1024. A bigfile tablespace has a three-piece format, OOOOOOLLLLLLLLLRRR, in which

  • LLLLLLLLL is used to denote the block number. The concatenation of FFF and BBBBBB makes the encoded block number.
  • For BFTs, the only supported way of getting components of extended rowids is to use the DBMS_ROWID package.
  • Here is an example on how to use the dbms_rowid package to retrieve rowid information:

select dbms_rowid.rowid_relative_fno(rowid, 'BIGFILE')
dbms_rowid.rowid_relative_fno(rowid, 'SMALLFILE')
first_name, last_name
FROM hr.employees
where rownum < 3;


------------- --------------- -------------------- ---------

         1024               4 Ellen                Abel

         1024               4 Sundar               Ande

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