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How to create a relation from Oracle to another physical database

... exactly this was the question of a customer, because he wants to join tables between two Oracle databases. Well, the idea for this solution is based upon the fact, that we can have a foreign key constraint on a view. So let's go ahead:

 

1. We create a view which points to a table/view on the foreign database, using a database link:

create view test_view_dblink as
select * from some_table@external_oracle_database;

2. We create a foreign key constraint on that view

alter view test_view_dblink
add constraint test_view_dblink_fk foreign key (column_name)
references table_in_local_database(column_name) disable;

The "disable" clause at the end of the statement is the important thing because constraints on views must be disabled.

2b. If we would need a primary key we also can define one:

alter view test_view_dblink
add constraint test_view_dblink_pk primary key (column_name) disable;

Last but not least: with this technique, we can create relations to all databases for which we have a oracle connector/gateway (e.g. IBM DB2, ...). Check it out!

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