Jim Nasby wrote:
> I'm currently doing EnterpriseDB training at a well-known entertainment
> company. I found out something yesterday that I thought the community
> would find interesting...
> In their game (MMORPG) databases, they have fields on all their tables
> that indicate whether a record has been deleted or not. I've seen this
> done before, typically for data retention reasons. But they had a daily
> process that went through each night and physically deleted the records
> that had been marked as deleted.
> The reason they weren't actually deleting rows real-time is because it
> cost to much in Oracle to do so. My guess is it's because Oracle has to
> copy the entire deleted row to the undo log as part of the delete, which
> would be pretty costly.
Right. Where we just mark the row as dead and have to vacuum. We just
delay the pain ;).
Joshua D. Drake
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