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How can I unlock tables locked by a program that crashed, without having to restart the database instance?  The tables were locked EXCLUSIVE.
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You should kill user session which crashed.
This releases all locks and server resources
hold by that session and does rollback of all
its current transactions.
 You can do it either in SQL*Dba screen mode
(Instance->Kill Session menu item) or in SQL*Plus
by 'alter system kill session' command (you should
have proper privilege, or, in other words,
connected as 'system').
 In SQL*Plus you should first determine 'sid' and
'serial number' of crashed session, usually it can
be found given its user name as
  select sid, serial# from v$session where username='USER_NAME';
Then you substitute these two numbers in alter system command:
  alter system kill session 'SID,SERIAL#';

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Arh is right.
In addition, if you are using Enterprise Manager in Windows 95 then you can also kill the session from the graphical "Top Sessions Manager" right-clicking on the crashed session.
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Arh is right.
In addition, if you are using Enterprise Manager in Windows 95 then you can also kill the session from the graphical tool "Top Sessions Manager" right-clicking on the crashed session.
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