Troubleshooting ORA-01658: unable to create INITIAL extent for segment in tablespace

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Lately, I’ve encountered an issue with insufficient free space in one of Oracle’s tables. This problem arose because I failed to utilize the AUTOEXTEND option when creating the table. While AUTOEXTEND allows Oracle to extend the table automatically as needed, there are cases where you may prefer to have more control over space usage and opt not to use this option. If you encounter the ORA-01658 error, there are a couple of steps you can take to resolve it:

1. Clean up the table by removing unneeded data

Start by assessing the table and identifying any unnecessary or outdated data that can be safely removed. By cleaning up the table, you can free up space and potentially avoid the need for manual resizing.

2. Manually extend the database

If cleaning up the table doesn’t provide sufficient free space, you’ll need to manually extend the database. Follow these steps:

ALTER DATABASE DATAFILE 'full_path_to_file' RESIZE 500M;

Replace 'full_path_to_file' with the actual path to the data file that requires resizing. Adjust the size value (500M in this example) according to your specific needs. This command will increase the size of the data file, providing additional space for the table to allocate new extents.

By performing these steps, you should be able to resolve the ORA-01658 error and ensure that your table has sufficient space for its operations. Remember to monitor your space usage carefully and consider utilizing the AUTOEXTEND option in future table creations if it aligns with your requirements.