How to lock/unlock statistics on a table?

In certain cases you may want to lock statistics in a table in certain cases, for example if you want a table not be analyzed by automatic statistics job but analyze it later or in cases where you want prevent from analyzing statistics in cases where data in the table doesn’t change.

The following example shows how to lock table statistics and what happens when one tries to gather statistics on table that has statistics locked.

— create table
SQL> create table test ( x number );

Table created.

— create index
SQL> create index test_idx on test(x);

Index created.

— shows when stats is not locked the value of stattype_locked is NULL
SQL> SELECT stattype_locked FROM dba_tab_statistics WHERE table_name = 'TEST' and owner = 'SCOTT';

— lock statistics
SQL> exec dbms_stats.lock_table_stats('scott', 'test');

PL/SQL procedure successfully completed.

— shows when stats is locked the value of stattype_locked is ALL
SQL> SELECT stattype_locked FROM dba_tab_statistics WHERE table_name = 'TEST' and owner = 'SCOTT';


— try to gather statistics on locked table
SQL> exec dbms_stats.gather_index_stats('scott', 'test_idx');
BEGIN dbms_stats.gather_index_stats('scott', 'test_idx'); END;

ERROR at line 1:
ORA-20005: object statistics are locked (stattype = ALL)
ORA-06512: at “SYS.DBMS_STATS”, line 10640
ORA-06512: at “SYS.DBMS_STATS”, line 10664
ORA-06512: at line 1

— try to gather statistics on the index using analyze
SQL> analyze index ajaffer.test_idx compute statistics;
analyze index ajaffer.test_idx compute statistics
ERROR at line 1:
ORA-38029: object statistics are locked

— unlock statistics
SQL> exec dbms_stats.unlock_table_stats('scott', 'test');

PL/SQL procedure successfully completed.


  1. It is a great document

    can you also tell

    what all we should monitor to know is the whole configuration is working fine or not

    like what scripts we should check

    I want to monitor it manually I dont want to use the datguard broker

    I want to use automated scripts for monitoring teh databases and
    I want to use the alerts from teh scripts to do failover

    can you please give more insight in the above mentioned direction


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