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  1. #1
    Join Date
    Sep 2012

    Unanswered: table %s.%s is mutating, trigger/function may not see it errors

    Greetings all,

    It has been a long time since I have used Oracle and PL-SQL. I created a reference table with a single varchar(10) PRIMARY KEY. There are other 2 datetime fields populated with SYSDATE values. I am trying to delete a record based a certain primary key value below.

    delete from SERVERLIST
    where SERVER_ID = 'F11'

    and I am getting this error message:

    Error starting at line 1 in command:
    delete from SERVERLIST
    where SERVER_ID = 'F11'
    Error report:
    SQL Error: ORA-04091: table APSOM.PROCESS_STATUS is mutating, trigger/function may not see it
    ORA-06512: at "APSOM.TD_SERVERLIST", line 9
    ORA-04088: error during execution of trigger 'APSOM.TD_SERVERLIST'
    04091. 00000 - "table %s.%s is mutating, trigger/function may not see it"
    *Cause: A trigger (or a user defined plsql function that is referenced in
    this statement) attempted to look at (or modify) a table that was
    in the middle of being modified by the statement which fired it.
    *Action: Rewrite the trigger (or function) so it does not read that table.

    I saw online that this sort of issue relates to deletions of records with datetime fields, but I was unclear as to how to resolve this issue. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

    Patrick Quinn
    Turning Point Global Solutions
    Last edited by gikyo12; 09-18-12 at 11:51. Reason: Forgot to include autosignature

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Jun 2004
    Provided Answers: 1
    Have you searched for an answer on this forum? There's 180 finds for "trigger mutating".
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  3. #3
    Join Date
    Aug 2003
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    Provided Answers: 1
    you can avoid Mutating Trigger error by not doing SQL in a trigger against same table upon which trigger is based.
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