Tweaked bind variable script

I modified the bind variable extraction script that I normally use to make it more helpful to me.

Here was my earlier post with the old script: blog post

Here is my updated script:

set termout on 
set echo on
set linesize 32000
set pagesize 1000
set trimspool on

column NAME format a3
column VALUE_STRING format a17

spool bind2.log

select * from 
(select distinct

Patch 19183482 resolves ORA-01403 getting plan with baseline

I was testing SQL plan baselines on a base release of Oracle on a 64 bit Linux virtual machine.  I ran DBMS_SPM.LOAD_PLANS_FROM_CURSOR_CACHE to create a SQL plan baseline for a test query after running that query once to get its plan in the cursor cache.  When I ran the test query after creating the SQL plan baseline and called dbms_xplan.display_cursor to see its new plan I got (more...)

Query to show sql_ids related to SQL Profiles

I have a number 0f SQL Profiles on a database I’m working on and I wanted to know the sql_id of the SQL statements that they relate to.  Here is what I came up with:

select distinct sql_profile_name,
dba_sql_profiles p,

Here is the output on my system:

------------------------------ -------------
coe_5up1944u1zb7r_1979920644   5up1944u1zb7r
coe_b9ad7h2rvtxwf_3569562598   b9ad7h2rvtxwf
coe_9f21udzrfcygh_2815756405   9f21udzrfcygh
coe_366brswtxxuct_10194574     366brswtxxuct
coe_2261y37rp45py_2815756405   2261y37rp45py

These are (more...)

Startup upgrade suppresses ORA-00955 on create table WRH$_SQL_PLAN

Today I was trying to see if upgrading from to would change the SYS.WRH$_SQL_PLAN table.  This table is large on our production system so I wanted to find out if some time-consuming update to this table would occur that would slow down our production upgrade but not be detected on our test systems.  We recently performed this upgrade on our development database and I (more...)

ps and top differences with HugePages

The Unix utilities ps and top report memory differently with HugePages than without.

Without HugePages ps seems to include the SGA memory under the SZ column:

oracle    1822     1  0 846155 16232  0 07:19 ?        00:00:00 ora_d000_orcl
oracle    1824     1  0 846155 16228  0 07:19 ?        00:00:00 ora_d001_orcl
oracle    1826     1  0 846155 16236  0 07:19 ?        00:00:00 ora_d002_orcl
oracle    1828     1  0 846155  (more...)

Virtual Circuit Wait

On Monday we had some performance problems on a system that includes a database which uses shared servers.  The top wait was “virtual circuit wait”.  Here are the top 5 events for a 52 minute time frame:

Top 5 Timed Foreground Events

Event Waits Time(s) Avg wait (ms) % DB time Wait Class
virtual circuit wait 1,388,199 17,917 13 50.98 Network
db file sequential read 1,186,933 9,252 8 26.33 User I/O

First AZORA usergroup meeting October 23

Just got the invitation to the first AZORA (Arizona Oracle user group) meeting on October 23.  Here is the link: url

It’s 2 pm at Oracle’s office, 2355 E Camelback Rd Ste 950, Phoenix, AZ.

I’m looking forward to it!

– Bobby

OS Watcher Paging Example

I have an example of paging in some Exadata OS Watcher log files.  We got an error in the alert log about a high load but reviewing AWR reports it did not seem like we had an unusual number of active sessions.  Also, the CPU use seemed low but the system load was high.  Reviewing the OS Watcher logs and finding a similar case on Oracle’s support site convinced me that our (more...)


Yesterday and today I’ve read or heard two people mention the force_match => TRUE parameter value for DBMS_SQLTUNE.IMPORT_SQL_PROFILE and how it forces a profile to work on all SQL statements that are the same except for their literal values.  So, I ran a quick test using the coe_xfr_sql_profile.sql utility that comes with the SQLT scripts that are available for download on Oracle’s support site.

I’ve mentioned in earlier posts how we use (more...)

Arizona Oracle User Group (AZORA)

I saw this fun blog post about the Arizona Oracle User Group getting organized: blog post

I’m definitely interested in being involved.  Please pass this on to any Oracle DBAs, developers, etc. that you know in the Phoenix area.

- Bobby