The expdp and impdp utilities are command-line driven, but when starting them from the OS-prompt, one does not notice it. When you want to kill, cancel, start or resume a job, you will and up in the datapump command prompt… now what?!

All command shown here can be used with expdp and impdp datapump.

Identifying datapump jobs

Do a select from dba_datapump_jobs in sqlplus to get the job name:

> expdp system full=y

SELECT owner_name, job_name, operation, job_mode, state
FROM dba_datapump_jobs;

OWNER_NAME JOB_NAME             OPERATION  JOB_MODE   STATE
---------- -------------------- ---------- ---------- ------------
SYSTEM     SYS_EXPORT_FULL_01   EXPORT     FULL       EXECUTING

Or when you use the JOB_NAME parameter when datapumping, you already identified the job with a name. You don’t need to look up afterwards…

expdp system full=y JOB_NAME=EXP_FULL

OWNER_NAME JOB_NAME             OPERATION  JOB_MODE   STATE
---------- -------------------- ---------- ---------- ------------
SYSTEM     EXP_FULL             EXPORT     FULL       EXECUTING

Killing or stopping a running datapump job

The difference between Kill and Stop is simple to explain. When killing a job, you won’t be able to resume or start it again. Also logs and dumpfiles will be removed!

When exporting (or importing), press Ctrl-c to show the datapump prompt and type KILL_JOB or STOP_JOB[=IMMEDIATE]. You will be prompted to confirm if you are sure…

Adding ‘=IMMEDIATE‘ to STOP_JOB will not finish currently running ‘sub-job’ and must be redone when starting it again.

Processing object type DATABASE_EXPORT/SCHEMA/TABLE/TABLE_DATA
[Ctrl-c]
Export> KILL_JOB
..or..
Export> STOP_JOB=IMMEDIATE
Are you sure you wish to stop this job ([yes]/no): yes

Resuming a stopped job

Identify your job with SQL or you already knew it because you used ‘JOB_NAME=‘ ;)

SELECT owner_name, job_name, operation, job_mode, state
FROM dba_datapump_jobs;

OWNER_NAME JOB_NAME             OPERATION  JOB_MODE   STATE      
---------- -------------------- ---------- ---------- ------------
SYSTEM     EXP_FULL             EXPORT     FULL       NOT RUNNING

Now we can ATTACH to the job using it as a parameter to the expdp or impdp command, and a lot of gibberish is shown:

> expdp system ATTACH=EXP_FULL

Job: EXP_FULL
 Owner: SYSTEM
 Operation: EXPORT
 Creator Privs: TRUE
 GUID: A5441357B472DFEEE040007F0100692A
 Start Time: Thursday, 08 June, 2011 20:23:39
 Mode: FULL
 Instance: db1
 Max Parallelism: 1
 EXPORT Job Parameters:
 Parameter Name      Parameter Value:
 CLIENT_COMMAND        system/******** full=y JOB_NAME=EXP_FULL
 State: IDLING
 Bytes Processed: 0
 Current Parallelism: 1
 Job Error Count: 0
 Dump File: /u01/app/oracle/admin/db1/dpdump/expdat.dmp
 bytes written: 520,192

Worker 1 Status:
 Process Name: DW00
 State: UNDEFINED

(Re)start the job with START_JOB, use ‘=SKIP_CURRENT‘ if you want to skip the current job. To show progress again, type CONTINUE_CLIENT (Job will be restarted if idle).

Export> START_JOB[=SKIP_CURRENT]
Export> CONTINUE_CLIENT
Job EXP_FULL has been reopened at Thursday, 09 June, 2011 10:26
Restarting "SYSTEM"."EXP_FULL":  system/******** full=y JOB_NAME=EXP_FULL

Processing object type DATABASE_EXPORT/TABLESPACE
Processing object type DATABASE_EXPORT/PROFILE

Done…

Happy pumping!