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I'm testing something in Oracle and populated a table with some sample data, but in the process, I accidentally loaded duplicate records, so now I can't create a primary key using some of the columns.

How can I delete all duplicate rows and leave only one of them?

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You can use the rowid pseudocolumn like this:

DELETE FROM your_table

WHERE rowid not in

(SELECT MIN(rowid)

FROM your_table

GROUP BY column1, column2, column3);

Here column1, column2, and column3 make up the identifying key for each record. You can list all your columns.

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