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How to quickly enable constraint with ENABLE VALIDATE for a big table in 12c

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Have a relatively big table T1 with 200 million rows. Its FK points to a table T2 with 10 millions. In 11gR2, it took 3 hours to enable the FK constraint, but in 12c, it takes days to do it. T1 and T2 in the 2 environments were created with the same setting.
Can any gurus shed some light on it? How to speed up the valid process in 12c? Thanks in advance.
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The first thing I would look for is a missing index on T2.  Whatever the foreign key field(s) is that is referenced in T2 by T1 should have an index.
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Following that line of thought, are the indexes all valid? Are the table statistics current? And there's always the obvious question, what's different? Is something running against the 12C database that did not exist before?
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enable it with novalidate first

from that point onwards, only valid entries will get in
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by:jl66
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Thanks a lot for the info.
1) T1, T2 on the 2 environments are identical. The indexes are valid.
2) I tried to enable it with novalidate, but it is also very slow.

In 12c, there are no users who perform anything.

Which parts can I check to find the culprit?
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Quite possible that you are waiting on a table lock then.
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johnsone,
Yes. But no users used it then. How to fix this?
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BTW, it took much longer time in 12c than 11gr2 if I do simple query: select count(1) from T1;
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Further, I noticed the explain plans for the same query against the 2 databases are different.
12c:
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2 |   INDEX FULL SCAN| IDX1

11gr2:
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2 |   BITMAP CONVERSION COUNT     |                |   201M| 19049   (1)| 00:00:02 |
3 |   BITMAP INDEX FAST FULL SCAN| IDX2

Can any gurus share some knowledge on forcing to execute certain plan?

Both IDX1 and IDX2 are created in 11g and 12c databases.
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To me it looks like an indexing issue.  To validate a constraint it shouldn't be doing a full scan on the index.
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how much physical memory do you have
and how much do you allocate to the database ?

if you have allocated more than you have physical, it will be swapping
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Total physical memory is 36GB, among which 6GB is for this database. There are the other databases on the same server. The total memory for databases is less than a half of 36GB.
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jj, did you ever happen to look into the optimizer statistics?
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Thanks. The kill shot is that the storage parameters are adjusted, which made huge difference.
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