Datapump Import Partitioned Tables ORA-00600 qesmaGetPamR-NullCtx

| Dec 18, 2019

I have not yet had time to build a test case and prove this out, but I wanted to document one last bug that we found so far in our to 19c upgrade. We tried copying a bunch of partitioned tables on our source database to the new one using Datapump Import (impdp) over a database link. We got a boatload of errors like this:

ORA-00600: internal error code, arguments: [qesmaGetPamR-NullCtx], 


db_securefile PREFERRED results in ORA-60019 with small uniform extents

| Dec 17, 2019

Last 19c upgrade issue. Working on our new 19c database, several things died off with errors like this:


ERROR at line 1:
ORA-60019: Creating initial extent of size 14 in tablespace of extent size 8
ORA-06512: at "SYS.DBMS_STATS", line 20827
ORA-06512: at "SYS.DBMS_STATS", line 20770
ORA-06512: at "SYS.DBMS_STATS", line 20765
ORA-06512: at line 1

Our tablespaces had small uniform extents and (more...)

Datapump Import Fails on Tables With Extended Statistics

| Dec 17, 2019

Quick post before I leave on vacation. We used Datapump to import a schema from an 11.2 HP-UX database to a 19c Linux database and got errors on a few tables like these:

ORA-39083: Object type TABLE:"MYSCHEMA"."TEST" failed to create with error:
ORA-00904: "SYS_STU0S46GP2UUQY#45F$7UBFFCM": invalid identifier

Failing sql is:

Workaround was to create the table first empty with no indexes, (more...)

Merge Always Updates Sequence Number

| Dec 17, 2019

This is nothing new, but I wanted to throw out a quick post to document it. If you have a sequence.nextval in the insert part of a merge statement the merge calls nextval for all the updated rows as well.

Oracle has a bug report about this from a 9.2 issue, so this is nothing new:


I created a (more...)

Database Link to 9.2 Database from 19c

| Dec 13, 2019

I have mentioned in previous posts that I am working on migrating a large 11.2 database on HP Unix to 19c on Linux. I ran across a database link to an older 9.2 database in the current 11.2 database. That link does not work in 19c so I thought I would blog about my attempts to get it to run in 19c. It may not be that useful to other people because (more...)

So Far So Good with Force Logging

| Oct 28, 2019

I mentioned in my previous two posts that I had tried to figure out if it would be safe to turn on force logging on a production database that does a bunch of batch processing on the weekend: post1, post2. We know that many of the tables are set to NOLOGGING and some of the inserts have the append hint. We put in force logging on Friday and the heavy weekend processing ran fine (more...)

Impact of Force Logging

| Sep 23, 2019

I am working on upgrading an Oracle database from to 19c and migrating it from HP Unix to Linux. This 15-terabyte database is too large to copy from the old to the new system during our normal weekend downtime window. It also has a ton of weekend batch updates that overlap the normal weekend change window so it would be best for our business processing if the cut over from the (more...)

Estimating how much write I/O is not logged

| Sep 12, 2019

I am trying to figure out how much non-logged write I/O an Oracle database is doing. I want to run an ALTER DATABASE FORCE LOGGING command on the database so that I can use Oracle GoldenGate(GGS) which reads updates from Oracle’s logs. GGS will miss writes that are not logged. But if I turn on force logging it may slow down applications that depend on non-logged writes for good performance. So, I want to (more...)

September 27 Arizona Oracle User Group Meeting

| Sep 4, 2019

The Arizona Oracle User Group (AZORA) is cranking up its meeting schedule again now that the blazing hot summer is starting to come to an end. Our next meeting is Friday, September 27, 2019 from 12:00 PM to 4:00 PM MST.

Here is the Meetup link: Meetup

Thank you to Republic Services for allowing us to meet in their fantastic training rooms.

Thanks also to OneNeck IT Solutions for sponsoring our lunch.

OneNeck’s Biju Thomas (more...)

Analog Detour

| Aug 26, 2019


I just finished going off on a major tangent away from my normal home computer pursuits such as studying algorithms, messing with Nethack source code, or practicing Python programming. Prior to this diversion I pursued these computer-related activities for learning and fun in my free time outside of work. But I spent the last three months pursuing activities related to pens, pencils, paper, and notebooks. Some people like to call using a pen and (more...)