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June 2008

11g is more deadlock sensitive than 10g?

I ran into a situation over the weekend, where an application and schema, which were stable under, started hitting ORA-00060 deadlocks in, in spite of the fact that no application code changes had occurred.  It seems that 11g was more sensitive to deadlocks in this situation than 10gR2 was.

Bit of a stumper….

Well, I finally decided I have something noteworthy to blog about.  This was a bit of a stumper, that we ran into the other day….I did finally get to the bottom of it, and I thought it worth a mention, here.

We have a three node RAC running on DL-585s.

Generating lots of rows using connect by – safely!

Every now and then I need to generate a large number of rows into some table.

Not that I have any personal urge to do so, but you know, this is needed for some test cases and so on ;-)

It’s quite well known that it’s possible to generate lots of rows using CONNECT BY LEVEL <= #rows syntax.

However as the CONNECT BY LEVEL syntax is recursive by nature, it will consume more memory the more rows you query in one shot ( I think it was Mark Bobak who once posted this observation to Oracle-L, but I didn’t manage to find that thread anymore ).

So, here’s a test case:

Advanced Oracle Troubleshooting Guide, Part 5: Sampling V$ stuff with WaitProf. Really fast. Using SQL!

I bet you thought I’ll be writing about direct SGA access?! ;)


Direct SGA access has excellent troubleshooting potential (as long as you know the shared memory data structures), but it has one major drawback – very few companies have such tools already in place in their production systems.

I have occasionally been called in to solve an urgent performance problem, happening right now and it needs solving immediately! And did I mention, these are critical production systems. Where you can’t just install binary executables freshly downloaded off internet. In fact you would want to diagnose the issue with minimal impact and changes required to those production environments (and that leaves sql tracing out the first round troubleshooting tools for me as well!)

Performance Tools Quick Reference Guide

There’s a nice Metalink Note 438452.1 about various less known Oracle performance tuning utilities.
If you haven’t heard about things like StackX, LTOM, HangFG, SQLTXPLAIN, OS_Watcher or OPDG then it’s time to check this note out! :)

Advanced Oracle Troubleshooting Guide, Part 4: Diagnosing a long parsing issue

There was a recent thread in Oracle Forums about a session getting stuck somewhere when a specific SQL was issued. The SQL executed did not return at all unless ORDERED hint was used. Even the EXPLAIN PLAN command (which only parses the statement, doesn’t execute it) did never return.

Classic tracing + tkprof techniques didn’t show much (just some recursive queries consuming insignificant amounts of time).

The proven V$SESSION_WAIT sampling technique didn’t reveal anything as it showed the session being constantly on CPU (the wait state = ‘WAITED KNOWN TIME’ which means session is on CPU) and SEQ# didn’t increase (which means that wait state did not change over time).

Snapper shortcut

I have a (very) small script called sn.sql which I use as a wrapper around snapper (maybe I should’ve called it Snapper Wrapper but it’s too long name for the purpose :)
The idea is to have to type less when running Snapper with default options (take 1 snapshot, output to screen and display Session tats,Wait events and Time model stats).
Whenever there’s a performance issue with a session I first quickly run @sn , for example: