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How to drop or rebuild a index which is in unusable status, i tried dropping it but its giving an error that such index name is not found, but the table has that index?

Posted on 2011-03-22
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How to Drop an unusable index or rebuild it?

i tried the normal rebuild and drop commands , but it did not work, it says such index name could not be found, but i'm seeing the index in the table in unusable status?

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by:slightwv (䄆 Netminder)
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What index type is it?

Did you try FORCING the drop?

drop index indexname force;
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by:D-pk
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I tried using Force , got an error....................

ORA-29862: cannot specify FORCE option for dropping non-domain index

Its a NORMAL INDEX.
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johnsone earned 500 total points
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Could it be that the owner of the index is not the owner of the table?  Check those with this query:

select owner, index_name, table_owner, table_name
from dba_indexes
where table_owner = '<own>' and
table_name = '<name>';

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by:D-pk
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The owner of the Index and the table are the same, i guess i don't have the permission to Drop the index.
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by:Amitkumar Panchal
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Kindly check the following.

1. Is the index created by CREATE INDEX statement?
    Yes, Use the DROP INDEX <INDEXNAME> to drop the index.

2. Is the index created automatically by defining a UNIQUE KEY or PRIMARY KEY constraint on a table?
    Yes,
     a. Disable a constraint using below syntax first and then drop an index.
         ALTER TABLE <TABLENAME> DISABLE constraint <CONSTRAINTNAME>

     OR

     b. Drop a constraint using below syntax first and then drop an index.
         ALTER TABLE <TABLENAME> DROP constraint <CONSTRAINTNAME>
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