Enable HyperFIDO U2F Key on Linux

Recently, I bought the Hypersecu HyperFIDO K5 Key to help me secure access to several websites and services with U2F (“Universal Two-Factor Authorization”). This works fine on Windows, but with Linux things get a little complicated: The key isn’t accessible to all users by default. This has to be activated using udev rules, which is widely […]


Note to self: You can export highlighted text (e.g.: SQL code) easily from Notepad++ to RTF and/or HTML using  “Plugins” – “NppExport” – “…”. Voilá – there’s highlighted code in your Document, Presentation, Website, a.s.f.! Also, this: https://sqlandplsql.com/2012/08/11/notepad-tips-and-tricks/

Proposing a SQL-only Diagnosis for Blocking Locks in Single Instance and RAC

When you have to troubleshoot blocking locks in your Oracle DB, you might be lucky enough to have a GUI tool handy that helps you with that (e.g. Enterprise Manager or TOAD). Otherwise you’ll likely have to resort to Oracle’s pre-installed script “utllockt.sql”. Unfortunately, this script only shows locks in the DB instance it’s running on. […]

Visualizing System Statistics in SQL Developer – OTN Appreciation Day

Tim Hall inspired me with his #ThanksOTN (or “OTN Appreciation Day“) campaign to continue my mini-series on leveraging SQL Developer Reports for DBA tasks. Today with visualizing historical System Statistics from Statspack for performance analyses. #ThanksOTN I have three favourite Oracle features to rave about today: Analytic SQL Statspack SQL Developer (particularly the reports)! System Statistics As the […]

orachk “Could not login to (SID)”

Today I stumbled across a strange error when I tried to run orachk on a customer’s system: $ ./orachk Enter ORACLE_HOME for PRODDB : /opt/oracle/product/rdbms/12.1.0 Could not login to PRODDB using /opt/oracle/product/rdbms/12.1.0. Try again (3 attempts remaining) Enter ORACLE_HOME for PRODDB : a.s.f... A quick internet search revealed nothing useful, so I checked MOS. Document […]

OPatch 12c: emocmrsp gone missing

Last week, the quarterly PSU came out, and just a few hours later I tried to apply it to a Oracle Restart + DB system under OL 6.7. This would have run smoothly if it wasn’t for the fact that this was the first patch for this system and therefore I needed to create a OCM […]

Historical SQL Plan from Statspack using DBMS_XPLAN in 12c

Up to Oracle 11.2 it was possible to display archived SQL plans from Statspack using DBMS_XPLAN. I make use of this in some of my scripts and SQL Developer Reports since I first saw this in Christian Antognini’s Book “Troubleshooting Oracle Performance“. But in 12c (here: on Linux), there’s a piece missing now: So […]

Reporting Long Running Operations in SQL Developer

Today here’s a shorter post about my experiments with Oracle SQL Developer’s user-defined reports: A report on all long running operations (“LongOps”) with details on session wait events, explain plans and live SQL monitoring. “Wait a minute”, you might say, “there’s already the session report in SQL Developer’s standard reports that shows Session_LongOps”! – and you’re […]

Visualizing Statspack “Average Active Sessions” in SQL Developer

This is the second post in my mini-series on leveraging SQL Developer Reports for DBA tasks, today with visualizing Average Active Sessions (AAS). In this article I’ll cover What AAS is and how to interpret it How to build a basic line graph in SQL Developer How to extend the graph with detailed child reports (Time […]

Visualizing Statspack Performance Data in SQL Developer

If you run Oracle Standard Edition or haven’t licenced Diagnostics Pack for Enterprise Edition, then you don’t have AWR and ASH Data available. This is when Statspack, the predecessor of AWR, comes in handy to keep a history of database performance metrics. But although Oracle still deliver Statspack with their recent DB releases (yes, even in […]