Isn't there a mid way between using the VARCHAR2 and CLOB datatypes? I need to have a column that will contains upto 6000 characters so I can not use VARCHAR2 for this. And i don't want to use CLOB as it might bring in some other problems like space management (coz it can occupy upto 4gb). Please suggest what can be done? How is the space management happening in case of a CLOB column(based on each rows data)?