## DST Patch in Active Standby Environment

Different software components (operating systems, databases, etc.) are updating our clocks automatically when our country changes the clock (when daylight saving starts or ends). In order to do that, the system has to know the date for the daylight saving. This is the DST information. Countries, however, keep changing their decision about daylight saving. Some … Continue reading "DST Patch in Active Standby Environment"

## This Week in PostgreSQL – May 31

Since last October I’ve been periodically writing up summaries of interesting content I see on the internet related to PostgreSQL (generally blog posts). My original motivation was just to learn more about PostgreSQL – but I’ve started sharing them with a few colleagues and received positive feedback.  Thought I’d try posting one of these digests here on the Ardent blog – who knows, maybe a few old readers will find it interesting? Here’s the (more...)

## asmcmd “connected to an idle instance” – not

This is more a note to myself in case I’ll encounter a similar environment. But maybe it helps others – at least my search results weren’t suitable to Windows in the first place. Issue C:\> set ORACLE_HOME=C:\path\to\grid\home C:\> set ORACLE_SID=+ASM1 C:\> asmcmd connected to an idle instance. Environment Windows 2012R2 Oracle Grid Infrastructure 12.1.0.1 2 […]

## “Collection iterator pickler fetch”: pipelined vs simple table functions

Alex R recently discovered interesting thing: in SQL pipelined functions work much faster than simple non-pipelined table functions, so if you already have simple non-pipelined table function and want to get its results in sql (select * from table(fff)), it’s much better to create another pipelined function which will get and return its results through PIPE ROW().

A bit more details:

Assume we need to return collection “RESULT” from PL/SQL function into SQL query “select (more...)

## Oracle issues after upgrade to 12.2

Sometimes it’s really hard even to create reproducible test case to send it to oracle support, especially in case of intermittent errors.
In such cases, I think it would be really great to have access to similar service requests or bugs of other oracle clients.
So while my poll about knowledge sharing is still active, I want to share a couple of bugs we have faced after upgrade to 12.2 (and one bug from (more...)

## Garbled display while running FMW installer on Linux

A colleague faced this while running FMW installer on a Linux machine. The display appeared like this

This thread gave a clue that it could have something to do with fonts. So I checked what all fonts related stuff was installed.

[root@someserver ~]# rpm -aq |grep -i font
stix-fonts-1.1.0-5.el7.noarch
xorg-x11-font-utils-7.5-20.el7.x86_64
xorg-x11-fonts-cyrillic-7.5-9.el7.noarch
xorg-x11-fonts-ISO8859-1-75dpi-7.5-9.el7.noarch
xorg-x11-fonts-ISO8859-9-100dpi-7.5-9.el7. (more...)

## root.sh fails with CRS-2101:The OLR was formatted using version 3

Got this while trying to install 11.2.0.4 RAC on Redhat Linux 7.2. root.sh fails with a message like

ohasd failed to start
Failed to start the Clusterware. Last 20 lines of the alert log follow:
2017-11-09 15:43:37.883:
[client(37246)]CRS-2101:The OLR was formatted using version 3.

This is bug 18370031. Need to apply the patch before running root.sh.

## Easy(lazy) way to check which programs have properly configured FetchSize

select
s.module
,ceil(max(s.rows_processed/s.fetches)) rows_per_fetch
from v$sql s where s.rows_processed>100 and s.executions >1 and s.fetches >1 and s.module is not null and s.command_type = 3 -- SELECTs only and s.program_id = 0 -- do not account recursive queries from stored procs and s.parsing_schema_id!=0 -- <> SYS group by s.module order by rows_per_fetch desc nulls last /  ## TNS-12543: TNS:destination host unreachable Scenario : Setting up a physical standby from Exadata to a non-Exadata single instance. tnsping from standby to primary works fine but tnsping from primary to standby fails with: TNS-12543: TNS:destination host unreachable I am able to ssh standby from primary, can ping as well but tnsping doesn’t work. From the error description we can figure out that something is blocking the access. In this case it was iptables that was enabled on the standby (more...) ## JDBC, Linux and Entropy Some troubles — especially those happening only sporadically — are not so easy to shoot and call for a deeper understanding of the matter. In the following real-world example this means: SQL*Net Tracing and some knowledge about the inner workings of the server’s operating system, particularly random number generation. This case was suited well to demonstrate an approach to trouble-shoot […] ## Exadata Upgrade to 12.2.0.1 – The Missing Step I decided this week to be a little brave and upgrade one of the Enkitec Exadata racks to 12.2.0.1. I installed the 12.2.1.0.0 Exadata image a few weeks ago, and have been waiting for a chance to upgrade clusterware to 12.2. Thankfully, Oracle provides a very good note for this, but I did hit one large snag that should be documented. The process for upgrading GI to 12.2 (more...) ## Exadata Cell Patching – USB I/O Errors I was playing around with the Exadata X2-2 in the Enkitec lab this weekend, and hit an interesting issue when patching the storage servers. We were taking the system up to version 12.1.2.3.3 for testing purposes. I fired off the patchmgr script, and one of the storage servers failed when beginning the first phase of the patching cycle:  [root@enkdb03 patch_12.1.2.3.3.161208]# ./patchmgr -cells cell_group -patch -ignore_alerts (more...) ## Reduce Hard Parse time using SQL Profile Few days ago we had concurrency problem with "cursor: pin S wait on X" wait event. This wait event is mostly associated with parsing in some form. After quick diagnosis I’ve found problematic query. It was fairly complex query which was executed very often with average 0.20 seconds of execution time. As this query was using bind variables, Oracle reused existing plan and problems with "cursor: pin S wait on X" wait (more...) ## ORA-38301: can not perform DDL/DML over objects in Recycle Bin While dropping a tablespace, getting error ORA-38301: can not perform DDL/DML over objects in Recycle Bin . SQL> drop tablespace DATA including contents and datafiles; drop tablespace DATA including contents and datafiles * ERROR at line 1: ORA-00604: error occurred at recursive SQL level 1 ORA-38301: can not perform DDL/DML over objects in Recycle Bin #### Solution: Before dropping the tablespace, disable recyclbin . 1. Disable recyclebin: SQL> ALTER SYSTEM SET recyclebin (more...) ## RMAN-20005: target database name is ambiguous While running rman commands from the catalog database, you might get the error RMAN-20005: target database name is ambiguous. , if the database was restored from another database. #### ERROR: rman target sys/oracle#51234@RMANBKP catalog rman_b2ccrmpd/rman@catdb Recovery Manager: Release 12.1.0.2.0 – Production on Fri Oct 14 10:34:05 2016 Copyright (c) 1982, 2014, Oracle and/or its affiliates. All rights reserved. connected to (more...) ## Slow full table scan due to row chaining Few days ago I’ve received complaint that simple count on 2 million rows table is running forever. This was the statement: select count(1)from CLIENT kwhere k.expires is null; I've used fake names for table name and columns. Database version: 11.2.0.4.0 Indeed, query was running longer than I would expect. Oracle was using FULL SCAN of the table with "db file sequential read" wait events. This was little odd (more...) ## Extended Stack Profiling – Ideas, Tools and Comments Topic: This post provides a short summary and pointers to previous work on Extended Stack Profiling for troubleshooting and performance investigations. Understanding the workload is an important part of troubleshooting activities. We seek answers to questions like: what is the system doing, where is the time spent, which code paths are most used, what are the wait events, etc. Sometimes the relevant diagnostic data is easy to find, other times we need to dig (more...) ## Analyze database activity using v$log_history

The v$log_history view contains important information on how application’s users use the database , this view can help you define periods with the most activity in the database. v$log_history queries You can adapt the query to your needs, you just have to change the way you format the date to be able to drilldown to the … Continue reading Analyze database activity using v$log_history The post Analyze database activity using v$log_history appeared first on Oracle (more...)

## ORA-19599 block corruption when filesystemio_options=SETALL on ext4 file system using Linux

Few days ago I experienced strange issue in my development environment running on OEL 5.8 with EXT4 filesystem. Note - EXT4 filesystem is supported from OEL 5.6 version.

This was virtual machine running oldish 10.2.0.5.0 Oracle database.

I noticed that backup for my database is failing because of archive log corruption. As this is development database I've simply deleted corrupted archive logs and initiated full backup again. But backup (more...)

## PeopleTools 8.54 Feature: Application Engine Trace File Enhancements

In this blog, we have been reviewing the new features of PeopleTools 8.54. Today is the turn of Application Engine, particularly on its troubleshooting. This release of PeopleTools include several enhancements on Application Engine tracing, which are outlined below:

• The .AET trace file can now include the PeopleCode trace. This removes the need of checking the .AET file for the the non-PeopleCode steps and the .TRC file for the PeopleCode steps. Surely, .TRC files (more...)