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Beginning Oracle Database 11g Administration: From Novice to Professional by Iggy Fernandez

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CHAPTER 14Database Maintenance

"Sometimes," he added, "there is no harm in putting off a piece of work until another day. But when it is a matter of baobabs, that always means a catastrophe. I knew a planet that was inhabited by a lazy man. He neglected three little bushes ..."

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In my first job as a database administrator, working for a Fortune 100 company, I managed only three databases, each no more than a hundred megabytes in size, and had ample time for database maintenance. I performed regular database maintenance procedures to keep the databases in peak operating condition, including data archiving and purging and rebuilding of tables and indexes. I also published graphs of database and application ...

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