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A schema defines a local environment within which private database objects can be created. The ident creating the schema has the right to create objects in it and to drop objects from it.

When a USER, OS_USER or PROGRAM ident is created, a schema with the same name can also be automatically created and the created ident becomes the creator of the schema. This happens by default unless WITHOUT SCHEMA is specified in the CREATE IDENT statement.

When a private database object is created, the name for it can be specified in a fully qualified form which identifies the schema in which it is to be created. The names of objects must be unique within the schema to which they belong, according to the rules for the particular object-type.

If an unqualified name is specified for a private database object, a schema name equivalent to the name of the connected ident is assumed.

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