On 4 undocumented DataPump parameters

In DBA, Oracle utilities on December 20, 2011 at 18:14

DataPump is probably the best free Oracle utility/tool ever developed. With the exception of SQL*Plus of course which is somehow naturally excluded.

It is like SELECT being the most common command written/typed by DBAs and Developers. Guess which is the next one after SELECT? You might not want to believe it but it seems to be EXIT 🙂

Now, 11g came with several new parameters: COMPRESSION, ENCRYPTION, TRANSPORTABLE, NETWORK_LINK, PARTITION_OPTIONS, DATA_OPTIONS, REUSE_DUMPFILES, REMAP_TABLE, etc. which are probably well-known but here are few undocumented ones you can have as an ace up your sleeve.


You can use the parameter METRICS=Y to include additional logging information about the number of objects and the time it took to process them in the log file. With METRICS, additional information can be obtained about the number of objects that were processed and the time it took for processing them.

Note that the METRICS parameter does not create any additional trace files. Instead, the extra details are logged in the logfile of the Export Data Pump or Import Data Pump job.

Here is an example:

expdp \'/ as sysdba\' DUMPFILE=data_pump_dir:sysman_%U.dat SCHEMAS=sysman_apm JOB_NAME=sysman_pump METRICS=Y
[oracle@zurich Desktop]$ expdp \'/ as sysdba\' DUMPFILE=data_pump_dir:sysman_%U.dat SCHEMAS=sysman_apm JOB_NAME=sysman_pump METRICS=Y

Export: Release - Production on Tue Dec 20 10:46:08 2011

Copyright (c) 1982, 2011, Oracle and/or its affiliates.  All rights reserved.

Connected to: Oracle Database 11g Enterprise Edition Release - 64bit Production
With the Partitioning, OLAP, Data Mining and Real Application Testing options
Starting "SYS"."SYSMAN_PUMP":  "/******** AS SYSDBA" DUMPFILE=data_pump_dir:sysman_%U.dat SCHEMAS=sysman_apm JOB_NAME=sysman_pump METRICS=Y 
Estimate in progress using BLOCKS method...
Total estimation using BLOCKS method: 320 KB
Processing object type SCHEMA_EXPORT/USER
     Completed 1 USER objects in 0 seconds
Processing object type SCHEMA_EXPORT/DEFAULT_ROLE
     Completed 1 DEFAULT_ROLE objects in 2 seconds
     Completed 1 TABLESPACE_QUOTA objects in 8 seconds
     Completed 1 PROCACT_SCHEMA objects in 27 seconds
. . exported "SYSMAN_APM"."PATCH_RUN"                        0 KB       0 rows
Master table "SYS"."SYSMAN_PUMP" successfully loaded/unloaded
Dump file set for SYS.SYSMAN_PUMP is:
Job "SYS"."SYSMAN_PUMP" successfully completed at 10:49:19


In some situations, the undocumented parameter ACCESS_METHOD can be used to enforce a specific method to unload or load the data.

If the parameter is not specified, then Data Pump will automatically choose the best method to load or unload the data.

The parameter can only be specified when the Data Pump job is initially started i.e., the parameter cannot be specified when the job is restarted.

If the parameter is specified, the method of loading or unloading the data is enforced on all tables that need to be loaded or unloaded with the job.

Enforcing a specific method may result in a slower performance of the overall Data Pump job.

Here is an example:

expdp \'/ as sysdba\'  ... ACCESS_METHOD=DIRECT_PATH  
expdp \'/ as sysdba\'  ... ACCESS_METHOD=EXTERNAL_TABLE 

impdp \'/ as sysdba\'  ... ACCESS_METHOD=DIRECT_PATH  
impdp \'/ as sysdba\'  ... ACCESS_METHOD=EXTERNAL_TABLE 


Tracing can be enabled by specifying an 7 digit hexadecimal mask in the TRACE parameter of expdp or impdp. The first three digits enable tracing for a specific DataPump component, while the last four digits are usually: 0300. Any leading zero’s can be omitted, and the value specified for the TRACE parameter is not case sensitive. TRACE does not add anything to the output of DataPump, it creates additional trace files.

Here is a summary of the Data Pump trace levels:

  10300 SHDW: To trace the Shadow process 
  20300 KUPV: To trace Fixed table
  40300 'div' To trace Process services
  80300 KUPM: To trace Master Control Process 
 100300 KUPF: To trace File Manager
 200300 KUPC: To trace Queue services
 400300 KUPW: To trace Worker process(es)         
 800300 KUPD: To trace Data Package
1000300 META: To trace Metadata Package
1FF0300 'all' To trace all components, full tracing

As you see, in order to trace all Data Pump components, level 1FF0300 can be specified, here is an example:

impdp \'/ as sysdba\' NETWORK_LINK=edw_p SCHEMAS=CLOUD PARALLEL=8 JOB_NAME=net_pump EXCLUDE=statistics TRACE=1FF0300 
SHDW:     Version = 9999
KUPP:10:58:22.050: Input trace/debug flags: 01FF0300 = 33489664
KUPP:10:58:22.050: Current trace/debug flags: 01FF0300 = 33489664
SHDW:10:58:22.050: Current user = SYS
SHDW:10:58:22.050: Current schema = SYS
SHDW:10:58:22.050: Current language = AMERICAN_AMERICA.AL32UTF8
SHDW:10:58:22.052: Current session address = 0000000077F7AFA0
SHDW:10:58:22.052: *** OPEN call ***
SHDW:10:58:22.052:     operation       = IMPORT
SHDW:10:58:22.052:     job_mode        = schema
SHDW:10:58:22.052:     remote_link     = edw_p
SHDW:10:58:22.052:     version         = 
SHDW:10:58:22.052:     compression     = 2
KUPV:10:58:22.052: Open request for job: SYS.NET_PUMP
KUPV:10:58:22.058: Master Table create statement: CREATE TABLE "SYS"."SYSMAN_PUMP" (process_order NUMBER, duplicate NUMBER, dump_fileid NUMBER, dump_position NUMBER, dump_length NUMBER, dump_orig_length NUMBER 

The 3 types of trace files can be found in $ADR_HOME/trace:
– Data Pump Master Control Processes files have format: SID_dm_process_id.trc
– Data Pump Worker Process trace files have format: SID_dw_process_id.trc
– Data Pump Shadow Process trace files have format: SID_ora_process_id.trc


If the undocumented DataPump parameter KEEP_MASTER=Y is used, then the Master Table is not deleted after the job completes. The drop of the master table does not lead to any data dictionary corruption and if you keep the master table after the job completes, then a drop of the master table afterwards will not cause any corruption either.

You might use this parameter if you create transportable tablespaces where the source and the destination are both ASM based.

Here is an example:

expdp \'/ as sysdba\' directory=DUMPDIR DUMPFILE=skat_full.dmp LOGFILE=skat_full.log FULL=Y KEEP_MASTER=Y

One last note: More than 50 bugs related to DataPump have been fixed in Oracle Database 11g Release 2 ( Check document 1348303.1: List of Bug Fixes by Problem Type available on the My Oracle Support Web site.

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