One of our Devlopers compalined that he is getting ORA-01502 : Index or partition is unusable status while truncating the a table in our Dataware house production database. He is using the following commands.
Alter index <index_name> unusable;
Truncate table <table_name> ;
He is running a scripts to truncate each table and ecah time he is passing the table name as an input parameter to script. He is using same method to truncate four tables each having a BITMAP and a REGULAR index. For two tables every thing is working fine, but for other two tables the he is getting ORA-01502 for BITMAP indexes. It a weekly process and every week he is getting the same issue. I checkd the Index status, they are in valid status only.
For a work around I have created a table with BITMAP and regular index in our dev database. made the indexes unusable, checked their status. I truncated the table. Importent thing here is the Indexes are becoming vaild when I truncate the table.
I suspect that my devloper's Indexes were already in unusable status (before he use the command ALTER INDEX), when he truncated the table, oracle trying to validate the index and throwing the error ORA-01502 because the Indexes are in unusabel statsu for a while.
I tried searching for the mechanism of truncate table command and its effect on Indexes. But I did not find any luck, no one is speaking about index when truncating the table. Can any one please help me????
Sorry for lengthy post. Any help is greatly appriciated and I thank every one in advance.