Exporting Tables with BR*Tools


You can use BR*Tools  for Oracle to export tables to an operating system file.

This section describes how you export tables with BR*Tools.

For more information on the approach to table export, see Export/Import.

Do not use this procedure for the transport of database objects between databases.

Do not use this procedure for restore.



       1.      Start the procedure using BRGUI or BRTOOLS, or from the command line:

Ў        BRGUI or BRTOOLS:

                                                  i.       Choose Segment Management ® Export tables.

BRGUI or BRTOOLS displays the menu BRSPACE options for export tables, where you specify the options with which you call BRSPACE.

                                                ii.       Set the required options:

Menu Entry

Equivalent BRSPACE

Command Option

BRSPACE profile (profile)


Database user/password (user)


Tablespace names (tablespace)

-f tbexport -s|-tablespaces

Table owner (owner)

-f tbexport -o|-owner

Table names (table)

-f tbexport -t|-tables

Export dump directory

-f tbexport -u|-dumpdir

Confirmation mode (confirm)


Extended output (output)


Scrolling line count (scroll)


Message language (language)


BRSPACE command line (command)

This shows you the -BRSPACE -f -tbexport command that is to be executed using the current settings.

If required, in Table names you can enter the names of multiple tables. You can use wildcards. For more information, see “Selecting Objects“ in Segment Management with BR*Tools.

In Tablespace names and Table owner, you can specify multiple objects but you cannot  use wildcards. BRSPACE processes all the tables in the specified tablespace name(s) or all tables belonging to the specified table owner(s). But these entries are optional.

You can also specify the dump directory using the parameter exp_dump_dir in the initialization profile init<DBSID>.sap, but the entry you make on the screen overwrites the profile parameter.

                                               iii.       Choose Continue.

BRGUI or BRTOOLS prompts you to start BRSPACE.

                                               iv.       Choose Continue to start BRSPACE.

Ў        Command line:


Enter at least the following command:

brspace –f tbexport

You can enter more parameters, including the table names, if required. For more information, see -BRSPACE -f -tbexport.

Whichever way you start the procedure – with BRGUI or BRTOOLS, or from the command line – you can use quick mode if you know the final object names, in this case the table names. For more information, see How to Use BR*Tools.

BRSPACE starts and you see a message that includes Start of BRSPACE processing. From now on, BRSPACE writes a detail log.

       2.      If you have already entered the table names, continue with step 5 (quick mode).

If you have entered multiple tables, BRSPACE displays as confirmation a List of tables for export. If you have not already made a final selection, you can make a selection from this list.

Continue with step 5 (quick mode).

BRSPACE displays the Export tables main menu.

       3.      Choose Export tables.

BRSPACE displays the table list:

List Entry



List sequence number


Table owner


Table name




Number of rows

Space [KB]

Space occupied by the table

Data [KB:%]

Amount of data in the table: percentage of occupied space

       4.      Select a table or multiple tables.

These examples only apply to input in character mode:

To select the first three tables in the list, enter 1-3.

To select the first and third tables, enter 1,3.

To select the first three tables and the fifth, enter 1-3,5.

To select all tables, select 0.

BRSPACE displays the menu, Main options for export of tables.

       5.      Set the required options:

Menu Entry


Tablespaces for export (tablespaces)

– display only

The tablespace that you selected above, if any

Owners for export (owner)

– display only

The table owner that you selected above, if any

Export table rows (rows)

-f tbexport -r|-rows

Export table indexes (indexes)

-f tbexport -i|-indexes

Export table constraints (constraints)

-f tbexport -c|-constraints

Export table grants (grants)

-f tbexport -g|-grants

Export table triggers (triggers)

-f tbexport -t|-triggers

       6.      When you have set the required options, choose Continue

BRSPACE displays the menu, Additional options for export of tables.

Menu Entry


Use direct path (direct)

-f tbexport -d|-direct

Export buffer size in KB (buffer)

-f tbexport -b|-buffer

Compress table extents (compress)

-f tbexport -m|-compress

Consistent export (consistent)

-f tbexport -n|-consistent

Max. size of dump file in MB (filesize)

-f tbexport -z|-filesize

Force table export (force)

-f tbexport -f|-force

EXP command (command)

The EXP command that is to be executed using the current settings. For more information, see your Oracle documentation.

       7.      To start processing with the selected options, choose Continue.


Check the results in the BRSPACE logs.

·        The summary log space<DBSID>.logdisplays the return code.

·        The detail log s<encoded timestamp>.tbe displays the details.

For more information on how to view the logs with BR*Tools, see Showing Logs and Profiles with BR*Tools.

Two files are created during the export:

·        The export dump file, expdat.dmp, is created in subdirectory <encoded timestamp>.edd of the dump directory.

·        The parameter file parfile.exp is created in subdirectory <encoded timestamp> of the directory $SAPDATA_HOME/sapreorg. It contains the parameters for the Oracle export tool, EXP.

See also:

Special Export Functions with BRSPACE