||This article does not cite any sources. (December 2009)
A data control language (DCL) is a syntax similar to a computer programming language used to control access to data stored in a database (Authorization). In particular, it is a component of Structured Query Language (SQL).
Examples of DCL commands include:
- GRANT to allow specified users to perform specified tasks.
- REVOKE to cancel previously granted or denied permissions.
The operations for which privileges may be granted to or revoked from a user or role may include CONNECT, SELECT, INSERT, UPDATE, DELETE, EXECUTE, and USAGE.
In the Oracle database, executing a DCL command issues an implicit commit. Hence you cannot roll back the command.
In PostgreSQL, executing DCL is transactional, and can be rolled back.