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I have a table named TableA. I need to add a column named Delete_Me.

The new column needs a default value of false.

Which is a better datatype choice, VarChar2(1) or Number defaulted to 0 ?

What is the syntax for creating the new column?

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alter table table_name
add (column1_name column1_datatype column1_constraint);

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ALTER TABLE user ADD Delete_Me VARCHAR2(1) DEFAULT 'N' NOT NULL
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ALTER TABLE TableA
  ADD ( Delete_Me int default 0 not null ) ;

I would use an integer.
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well, you have this:
http://docs.oracle.com/cd/E17952_01/refman-5.1-en/bit-type.html
BIT(1) would be the correct choice...


TINYINT and CHAR(1) (and not VARCHAR...) will use up 1 byte
see here:
http://docs.oracle.com/cd/E17952_01/refman-5.5-en/storage-requirements.html
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is BIT(1) available in Oracle 10g?
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I think it's only available from Oracle 11.2, but not sure...
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