Transportable Tablespaces TTS

Sharing Read-only Tablespaces Between Different Databases with TTS

Come back to visit occasionally as new posts about TTS.  I put quite a few TTS scenarios in my book, this is one of them.

There is an interesting MOS article that mentions a scenario to share a single tablespace between two databases – both databases would be using the tablespace in read-only mode.  How do you get two different databases to recognize the same datafile? The article doesn’t let you know the answer…but I will.  Using Transportable Tablespaces (TTS)

How to Share Tablespace Between Different Databases on Same Machine [ID 90926.1]


Both databases using the same block size and the same Oracle Version on the same server.

Sharing the USERS tablespace between two databases on a single server – source ORACLE_SID (DB1), target ORACLE_SID (DB2).

Steps to Accomplish:

1. Made sure there were no tablespaces of the same name in NEW, renamed existing USERS tablespace to USERS1.

2. That still left the same username in the DB2 database – SCOTT.

Created a new user named the DB2 database.

3.  In the source database DB1, made the USERS tablespace read only. Made sure it was transportable.


SELECT * FROM transport_set_violations;

alter tablespace users read only;

4. Exported Users as a transport set using Datapump.

Since this was on the same server, I kept the staging directory the same location as the dump location.

5.  Import the transport set into database DB2, using the REMAP_SCHEMA to make SCOTT2 the owner of the imported objects.

Now you have two sets of the same data in two databases, different schema names in both. I changed the schema name because it already existed in both databases.

If there is no identical schema name in the second database then you won’t have to remap to a new schema name.

Cool!  Cool beans!

Other possible test cases for this type of TTS currently working on:

Small differences in versions – with a . I would see issues related to differences in major versions.

Problems with working with dual read-only tablespaces – how to add data, performance, contention, compression, etc.

What would happen if you tried to make one of them read/write?


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