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quiesce
Last modified: Monday, January 30, 2006 

(1) To temporarily render inactive. This refers to many areas in computing such as hardware (to quiesce a device). The time taken to render the device inactive is called the quiesce time. The term quiesce is applied outside of hardware and device suspension and it can refer to a voluntary inactivation of an entire computer system, an e-mail or forum discussion thread or an application.

(2) In all caps, QUIESCE is the command line. Quiesce is a database function similar to restricted or admin mode. In quiesced mode, it allows database administrators to perform maintenance tasks in an exclusive or controlled mode.

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Quiesce a database is a new feature in Oracle 9i. It is similar to the restricted mode. When a database in a quiesced mode no one can connect to the database except SYS and SYSTEM and all current user sessions are suspended.

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Database maintenance is an on-going activity and responsibility of a DBA. From time to time, a DBA needs to perform maintenance work on an instance or a database in an exclusive or controlled mode.

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The rationale behind putting power management functions in classes was that the higher-level code would better understand how to "quiesce" a device in preparation for a power state change.

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