Fedora Install unixODBC

Encountered a problem while running the RODBC library from the R prompt as the root user, as follows:

> install.packages('RODBC')

It failed with the following library dependency:

checking for unistd.h... yes
checking sql.h usability... no
checking sql.h presence... no
checking for sql.h... no
checking sqlext.h usability... no
checking sqlext.h presence... no
checking for sqlext.h... no
configure: error: "ODBC headers sql.h and sqlext.h not found"
ERROR:  (more...)

Adding a Datafile to Temp Tablespace

When monitoring Tablespace Usage (see my Tablespace Usage blog post for more info), there comes a point when you need to add a datafile to the temp tablespace to allow for growth and more importantly get below a monitoring threshold for example in OEM or OpsView.

Query to see Current Temp Datafiles State

To see the current state of the temp datafiles:

set pages 999
set lines 400
col FILE_NAME format a75
select d.TABLESPACE_NAME,  (more...)

External Tables + Merge

This is an example of how you would upload data from a flat file, or Comma Separated Value (CSV) file. It’s important to note that in the file upload you are transferring information that doesn’t have surrogate key values by leveraing joins inside a MERGE statement.

Step #1 : Create a virtual directory

You can create a virtual directory without a physical directory but it won’t work when you try to access it. Therefore, you (more...)

How to fix queries on DBA_FREE_SPACE that are slow

I found myself in a situation where OpsView a monitoring tool, was having difficulty monitoring the tablespaces for a particular pluggable database.

Upon investigation it was found the queries against the dictionary table DBA_FREE_SPACE were taking a very long time:

SQL> set timing on
SQL> select nvl(sum(dfs.bytes)/1024/1024,0) from dba_free_space dfs where dfs.tablespace_name = 'USERS';


Elapsed: 00:00:10.98

There are 60 tablespaces in this pluggable database, which the time varied (more...)

Video: Oracle X$TRACE, Wait Event Internals and Background Process Communication

I have uploaded the the video of my Secret Hacking Session: Oracle X$TRACE, Wait Event Internals and Background Process Communication to my Oracle performance & troubleshooting Youtube channel.

The slides are in Slideshare.



NB! I am running one more Advanced Oracle Troubleshooting training in 2018! You can attend the live online training and can download personal video recordings too. The Part 1 starts on 29th January 2018 - sign up here!

Windows 10 Laptops

Teaching Oracle technology always has challenges. They’re generally large challenges because we ask students to run 4 GB Linux VM with Oracle Database 11g XE pre-configured for them. A number of the student computers aren’t up to the task of running the virtualization.

Installing VMware Workstation or Player and a 64-bit Linux operating system is the easiest way to discover a laptop that advertises itself as 64-bit when it truly isn’t. Most of the (more...)

ORA-00240: control file enqueue held for more than 120 seconds 12c

Occasionally, In Oracle 12c database, you may get ORA-00240: control file enqueue held for more than 120 seconds  error in the alert log file.

Well, as this error contains the word control file so it looks scary but if you are getting it infrequently and the instance stays up and running then there is no need to worry and this can be ignored as a fleeting glitch.

But if it starts happening too often and worst (more...)

Oracle 12c and PHP

This answers “How you connect PHP programs to an Oracle 12c multitenant database. This shows you how to connect your PHP programs to a user-defined Container Database (CDB) and Pluggable Database (PDB). It presupposes you know how to provision a PDB, and configure your Oracle listener.ora and tnsnames.ora files.

CDB Connection:

This assumes you already created a user-defined c##plsql CDB user, and granted an appropriate role or set of privileges to the (more...)

Type Dependent Tree

While trying to explain a student question about Oracle object types, it seemed necessary to show how to write a dependency tree. I did some poking around and found there wasn’t a convenient script at hand. So, I decided to write one.

This assumes the following Oracle object types, which don’t have any formal methods (methods are always provided by PL/SQL or Java language implementations):

( base_id  NUMBER  (more...)

Substitutable Columns

Oracle’s substitutable columns are interesting and substantially different than Oracle’s nested tables. The benefit of substitutable columns is that you can create one for an object type or any subtypes of that object type. Unfortunately, you can’t create the same behavior with nested tables because Oracle’s implementation of collection types are always final data types and you can’t extend their behaviors.

The Oracle Database has three types of collections. Two are SQL scoped collection types (more...)

Advanced Oracle Troubleshooting seminar in 2018!

A lot of people have asked me to do another run of my Advanced Oracle Troubleshooting training or at least get access to previous recordings – so I decided to geek out over the holiday period, update the material with latest stuff and run one more AOT class in 2018!

The online training will take place on 29 January – 2 February 2018 (Part 1) & 26 February – 2 March 2018 (Part 2).

The (more...)

New READ Object Privilege in 12cR1

In writing a blog post about:
Creating a Read Only Database User Account in an Oracle Database

It came to my attend of the new “READ” object privilege, which is a New Feature in
Changes in Oracle Database 12c Release 1 (
READ and SELECT Object Privileges

The “SELECT” object privilege in addition to querying the table, allow the user to:
LOCK TABLE table_name (more...)

MRP process getting terminated with error ORA-10485

If you have a Data Guard environment, where you’ve just applied a Database Bundle Patch and OJVM Patch, it possible that your Physical Standby can throw the following error:

Wed Oct 11 08:11:57 2017
Media Recovery Log +RECOC1/VER1S/ARCHIVELOG/2017_10_11/thread_1_seq_18251.24912.957080425
MRP0: Background Media Recovery terminated with error 10485
Wed Oct 11 08:11:57 2017
Errors in file /u01/app/oracle/diag/rdbms/ver1s/VER1S2/trace/VER1S2_pr00_220336.trc:
ORA-10485: Real-Time Query cannot be enabled while applying migration  (more...)

Oracle Installer fails with [EXCEPTION]:java.lang.reflect.InvocationTargetException under RedHat 7.4

I recently had a customer with a fresh installed RedHat 7.4 system on which we wanted to install different Oracle Software in graphical mode, like Oracle Database, Oracle WebLogic Server and Oracle Data Integrator

Following error occured when we were starting the Oracle Installers, either runInstaller or java -jar fmw_12.

export JAVA_HOME=/u00/app/oracle/product/jdk1.8.0_131
export (more...)

Good old BIN_TO_NUM to check the overall status

A good while ago Chris Saxon, member of the AskTom answer team, asked on twitter which datatype you use when defining tables when you need a Boolean-representation. As you might know there is no Boolean datatype in SQL.
A lot of discussion followed which I'm not going to repeat.
Usually I use a VARCHAR2(1) with a check constraint for Y and N, but for a recent requirement I decided to use a NUMBER instead.


Book on Oracle 12c New features

A Book on Oracle 12c New features for administrators

Hi All,

It’s our pleasure to announce the availability of our first book – OCP 12c upgrade 1Z0-060 Exam Guide













The book covers the new features of the Oracle Database 12c for the DBAs from the OCP 12c upgrade exam standpoint. Book is available WW in kindle format as well as paperback.

Link to Amazon.com (more...)

Dallas Oracle User Group Performance & 12.2 New Features Technical Day

Just letting people in DFW area know that I’m speaking at the DOUG Performance & Tuning and 12.2 New Features Technical Day!


  • Thursday 20 October 2016 9:30am-5:30pm


  • Courtyard & TownePlace Suites DFW Airport North/Grapevine, TX
    2200 Bass Pro Court|Grapevine, TX 76051

Speakers (Seven Oracle ACE Directors!):

  • Jim Czuprynski

  • Charles Kim

  • Cary Millsap

  • Dan Morgan

  • Kerry Osborne

  • Tanel Poder

  • Nitin Vengurlekar


  • I’ll speak about In-Memory Processing for Databases where I plan (more...)

RegExp: Constraint to prevent spaces at the beginning or end.

Even though a space is a regular character, the client didn't want spaces at the beginning or end of a string. Any spaces in the middle were fine.
Of course this could be handled by the application, but it must also be implemented in the database. Using a check constraint with a regular expression will prevent the end user from entering unwanted data.

To try things out, let's just start with a simple table with (more...)

Oracle 12c Learning Series: Automatic Table Recovery Using RMAN

Table recovery was possible in earlier release as well. Until previous release, if we wanted to recover a table, we had following options

  • Database point in time recovery (DBPITR)
  • Tablespace point in time recovery (TSPITR)
  • Flashback technology

In Oracle 12c, RMAN has been enhanced to perform recovery of table. We have a new command in RMAN which automates complete process of recovering the table. New process does not affect the existing objects in the database (more...)

Oracle 12c Learning Series: In-database Archiving and Temporal Validity

One of the major challenge faced by an Oracle DBA is – how to effectively deal with historical data? Today, if we consider database tables for an enterprise, data in the table goes back several years and most of the data in the table is inactive. Challenge remains as to how to archive this data and make our query run efficiently.

If we choose to archive old data outside of database on a tape, cost (more...)