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I wonder if is there any way of sending  to the process requester a message or data while a plsql block is running.

I have a process which is responsible for deleting a very large amount of data and it lasts more time than a nowadays user can wait for, so I would like to show them that the process has already deleted x tousands records until now and is still working on it.

Is that possible? Does tns implements any kind of it ?

Thank you very much.

Best regards.

Jayme Jeffman

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Hello Jeff,

Im afraid Oracle can't do that. When a block is running, we must wait for it to get completed until our next process.

Why don't you create an email facility using UTL_MAIL or UTL_SMTP to check the count of the table for ever few minutes (using DBMS_SCHEDULERS) and send it to the concerned team/people? 

Also if its a single DELETE, this isn't possible. You can have AFTER DELETE STATEMENT level trigger to send an email stating that the process is over.



Boobal Ganesan

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Hello Boobal Ganesan ,

Thank you very much for answering me.

No, it is not a single delete!

As I might have around 10 million records to delete, and this may cause a temporary tablespace error, I am committing the transaction every 100 thousands deletions.

At this point, the commit action,  I would like to expose to the user that "until now x thousands records were deleted".

I  have already thought on make a function which could return a table of Varchar2, but again, it seems that the table of records is only available after the process is finished.

So, I must to accept that I will not be able to let the user know that the process is ok and is still running fine.

The only way I have is to raise up the process level and letting the interface manage the loop of records to delete, showing a message on the commit action, but the performance of this aproach has less performance than the PL/SQL code.

Best regards.

Jayme Jeffman


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