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Lesson 6 Setting the extent size for an object
Objective Use the storage clause to set the extent size for a table in Oracle
Use the storage clause to set the extent size for a table in Oracle.
In the previous lesson, you learned about the different attributes that determine how Oracle uses extents within a segment. There are a set of SQL keywords you can use in the DDL statements that create and alter database objects and thus control how extents are used.

Syntax for extents

All of these storage parameters can be used with a CREATE TABLE, CREATE INDEX, ALTER TABLE, or ALTER INDEX statement:

INITIAL: This keyword is used with an integer and either K or M, to specify either Kilobytes or Megabytes. The INITIAL size is the size of the initial extent allocated when the object is created.
NEXT: This keyword uses the same integer notation as INITIAL and describes the size of the first extent allocated after the initial extent is full.
PCTINCREASE: This keyword specifies the percentage each subsequent extent should grow by. If the NEXT size is 20 K and the PCTINCREASE is 50 (its default value), the third extent allocated would be 30 K (20 K * 150%), the fourth extent allocated would be 45 K (30 K * 150%), and so on.
MINEXTENTS: This keyword is followed by an integer that indicates the minimum number of extents that are initially allocated. If the value for this parameter is greater than 1, Oracle will allocate the additional extents when the object is created, based on the INITIAL, NEXT, and PCTINCREASE parameters.
MAXEXTENTS: This parameter limits the overall size of the database object.

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If you use the storage parameters when creating a table, the syntax will look like this: This SQL statement causes the table to begin with a single extent of 100 K allocated. Subsequent extents would contain 50K, 75 K (50 K *150%), and so on. The table could not contain more than five extents, which would limit its overall size to 506.25 K.
You do not have to specify storage parameters for any object.
The next lesson shows how to set default storage attributes for all the objects in a tablespace.

Implications of the storage Clause

The amount of space used by a segment is determined by its storage parameters. These parameters are determined by the database at segment-creation time; if no specific storage parameters are given in the
  1. create table,
  2. create index, or
  3. create cluster
command, then the database will use the default storage parameters for the tablespace in which the segment is to be stored.
Note: You can assign default tablespaces to users, and assign space quotas within those tablespaces, via the create user, alter user, and grant commands.
When you create a table, index, or other segment, you can use the default values for a locally managed tablespace (the recommended option) or specify a storage clause as part of the create command. You can also specify a tablespace clause, enabling you to direct Oracle to store the data in a particular tablespace. For example, a create table command in a dictionary-managed tablespace may include the following clauses:

tablespace USERS
storage (initial 1M next 1M pctincrease 0
minextents 1 maxextents 200)
If no storage clause is specified, the default storage parameters of the tablespace will be used. For a locally managed USERS tablespace, the create table command would only need to include
tablespace USERS
The storage parameters specify the initial extent size, the next extent size, the pctincrease (a factor by which each successive extent will geometrically grow),
  1. the maxextents (maximum number of extents), and
  2. the minextents (minimum number of extents).
After the segment has been created, the initial and minextents values cannot be altered unless you perform a reorganization of the object. The default values for the storage parameters for each tablespace are available in the DBA_TABLESPACES and USER_TABLESPACES views.