From time to time, it happens to me to carry out offline analyses of ASH data. For that, I mean to analyze the ASH data without having access to the database instance that generated it. For that purpose, Oracle Database provides the possibility to dump the content of the ASH buffer as well as information […]
Statement-level PARALLEL Hint
UPDATE 2017-08-23: because of the confusing meaning of the term “force” (the meaning that most people give to it isn’t the one of the optimizer traces), I edited the text to make it more clear. Given the number of changes I completely removed the old text. From version 11.2 onward, the PARALLEL hint supports two […]
When CURSOR_SHARING=FORCE, Does Literal Replacement Always Take Place?
The concept of cursor sharing is simple. If an application executes SQL statements containing literals and if cursor sharing is enabled (i.e. CURSOR_SHARING=FORCE), the database engine automatically replaces the literals with bind variables. Thanks to these replacements, hard parses might be turned into soft parses for the SQL statements that differ only in the literals. […]
Also Extensions Created Because of SQL Plan Directives Can Invalidate Packages – ...
In a previous post I described a situation where the creation of an extension, independently of whether it’s carried out manually by a person or automatically by the database engine, can lead to the invalidation of PL/SQL objects. In this second post on that subject, I describe, with the help of an example (I love […]
Also Extensions Created Because of SQL Plan Directives Can Invalidate Packages
UPDATE 2015-12-18: As metioned by Bryn Llewellyn in this tweet, the invalidation I describe below is caused by bug 19450314. A patch for it is available here for several releases (e.g. it is available for 220.127.116.11.0, 18.104.22.168.1 or 22.214.171.124.13, but not for 126.96.36.199.0). I successfully tested it on 188.8.131.52.0. UPDATE 2016-11-08: The patch related to […]
Auto SGA Management Impacts the Default Value of DB_FILE_MULTIBLOCK_READ_COUNT
The database engine determines the maximum disk I/O size used during multiblock reads (for example, full table scans or index fast full scans) by multiplying the values of the db_block_size and db_file_multiblock_read_count initialization parameters. The db_file_multiblock_read_count initialization parameter can be set explicitly, or, as of version 10.2, it’s also possible to instruct the database engine […]
Foreign Keys and Library Cache Locks
In this post I would like to describe a behavior of Oracle Database that, at least for me, isn’t obvious at all. Actually, it’s something that I can’t explain why it works in that way. Let’s start by setting the scene by describing the schema I’m using for the following tests. As you can see […]
Extension Bypassed Because of Missing Histogram
Today, while tuning a fairly complex query experiencing wrong cardinality estimates, I noticed something I was not aware of. Hence, I thought to write this short post to illustrate how to reproduce the problem I experienced… Create the test table (notice the correlation between the data of the two columns): SQL> CREATE TABLE t 2 […]
System Statistics Gathered in Exadata Mode – When Are They Relevant?
The aim of this post isn’t to explain what the “exadata mode” is. Hence, if you don’t know what it is, before continuing reading have a look to this post published on Kerry Osborne’s blog. The only thing I would like to add is that the “exadata mode” is available as of 184.108.40.206 or when […]
The Broken Statistics: "parse count (total)" and "session cursor cache h...
The values provided by the “parse count (total)” and “session cursor cache hits” statistics are subject to several bugs. And, what’s worse, for years Oracle didn’t care to fix it. This is my impression, at least. Then, when few weeks ago I read in the Oracle Support note 13837105.8 (Bug 13837105 – statistics “parse count […]