I got a call from a developer today with a problem. Seems an end user had inadvertently updated records incorrectly using an admin screen that facilitates bulk updates. Could I make available the data in a particular table as it was 45 minutes ago? This was Oracle 9i.

Flashback query to the rescue! After reviewing the flashback feature, I was able to do the following:
1. Create a dummy user in the target database.
2. Run exp using the flashback_time parameter to export data from about 45 minutes ago.
3. Ran imp using the newly created export dump and targeted the new user schema.
4. Ran a grant statement so that the developer could do selects on both the real table and the dummy table with old data in order to do comparisons.

Easy! Kinda like a Rachel Ray recipe…

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