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Auditing in Oracle with aud$, system tablespace fragmentation issues?

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When auditing in Oracle using aud$ (audit_trail = db), I am concerned about system tablespace fragmentation.  There will be a few thousand $aud entries per day on the average database (with pretty limited auditing).

I will be:

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Offloading into text files or exporting the contents of the $aud table regularly.

(2)
Truncating weekly or nightly.

I will follow Oracle's strict instructions to not move $aud into another tablespace despite the recommendations of a an Oracle author.  I'll do audit_trail=os before doing that.

Thank you.
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Should I have any reason to be concerned over messing with the system tablespace in this way?  My instinct is a clear no, but I'm very open to hear others' concerns and experience with this, after all, it is the system tablespace!  Thanks again.
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As long as you have regular housekeeping in place it shouldnt be a problem.

If you are using later versions of Oracle, consider using locally managed tablespace with uniform extent sizes, and all your tablespace fragmentation problems disappear.

Failing that, truncate the table, and set the next extent to be enough to cope with a week or so worth of auditing. and manually allocate an extent - if you do this in one script, then its almost certain that you will get the same piece of tablespace back each time.

There are probably thousands of database out there where AUD$ has been moved, that work without a problem, but as you say, its not supported, so I wouldnt move it.

HTH
Bob
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How does one choose to close a question and split points?
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