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    Unanswered: What does modification mean for Oracle?

    Just wondering what the word modification means in Oracle.
    Does it mean to UPDATE only or does it mean UPDATE, INSERT, DELETE if the question asks you to grant the user modification rights?

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    >Does it mean to UPDATE only or does it mean UPDATE, INSERT, DELETE if the question asks you to grant the user modification rights?
    yes
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    Quote Originally Posted by anacedent View Post
    >Does it mean to UPDATE only or does it mean UPDATE, INSERT, DELETE if the question asks you to grant the user modification rights?
    yes
    This doesn't answer my question.
    I'm asking which is the correct one.

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    I'd say that both are correct, depending on the target. INSERT and DELETE modify the table itself (i.e. you insert rows into a table, or delete rows from a table). An independent observer, running "SELECT COUNT(*) FROM some_table", would see the difference - obviously, the table was modified after these operations.

    On the other hand, UPDATE modifies columns' values in a record. Obviously, "SELECT COUNT(*)" would show no difference. Does it mean that the record was not modified? Of course not!

    Then, there's a possibility of altering a table. Does it mean that you should grant ALTER TABLE as well? Because, our independent observer wouldn't see anything using his "SELECT COUNT(*)", but you might have modified column's length, datatype, add a constraint, etc. Was the table modified? Sure it was!

    Therefore, if you could post a link to a document that says "grant the user modification rights", perhaps we could - based on a context - express our opinion. Otherwise, you should ask the one who said that what he/she really means. It appears that "modification rights" is something related to the person (who asked the question), not Oracle.

    However, someone else might have another idea; wait for a while.

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