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Truncate vs Delete

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Truncate and Delete are two ways you can use to remove data from a table. But there are many differences between these methods. Can you compare these methods?

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  1. Janardhan on Mar 02, 2013 Reply

    The main difference between the both is,
    We can use rollback, if we used truncate but we can’t rollback if we used delete.

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  2. mpankaj on Apr 17, 2013 Reply

    It depends where you are using….If using in AE , %TruncateTable means delete + Commit. So you cant rollback if you did %Truncatetable in AE.
    If using in SQL, truncate can delete all rows i.e. we cant put where condition in truncate statement where in delete sql we can.

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  3. Jyothi on Jul 16, 2013 Reply

    Janardhan has told in reverse way..Actually we can rollback for delete statement and can’t rollback for truncate..Please explain if I am wrong

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    Steve Bollinger on May 21, 2015 Reply

    Truncate is a DDL command which automatically incorporates an automatic commit, even inside a transaction. Truncate does not actually delete rows.
    It moves the highwater mark to the top so all rows are inaccessible effectively gone. no way to recover or rollback from a truncate under any conditions because no rows were deleted thus not recorded in the DB Logs.
    Delete removes individual rows and are recorded in the DB logs.
    Thus a rollback before commit will recover them.

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