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How to disable indexes while inserting data?

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I am loading 300million records into a table. It has been taking long time to insert.
I want to disable Indexes on that table to make it faster. Can i disable them with out stopping the load process?
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by:MrNetic
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Have you ever considering drop index and create in the end.
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by:slightwv (䄆 Netminder)
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I don't believe you can 'disable' an index.  I think you will need to drop it.
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by:ajaybelde
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To drop indexes the load process should be terminated otherwise it will give "RESOURCE BUSY" error. Isn't it?
So, I just wanna make those indexes unusable.
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You can make the index unusable with this command:

ALTER INDEX <indx> UNUSABLE;


However, in order to make it usable again, it must be either rebuilt or dropped and recreated.
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by:ajaybelde
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I can drop and recreate after load is done.
I wanna make sure whether i can make them unusable on the fly or not?
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I would drop them before the load, then recreate them after the load.

My guess is that making it unusable will require the same lock as dropping the index.
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by:Mark Geerlings
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No, you cannot make an Oracle index unusable "on-the-fly" while a data load process is already running to add records to the table.  You need to drop the index(es) before the load, then re-create the index(es) after the load.
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