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April 2016

Wrong Results Involving INDEX FULL SCAN (MIN/MAX) in

One of my customers that recently upgraded to 12c hit a bug (22913528) that I think is good to be aware of. Note that as the title of this post states, the problem only occur in At least, I wasn’t able to reproduce it in any other version.

To reproduce it you simply need a composite partitioned table with a non-partitioned or global-partitioned index. In other words, if all your indexes are local, you shouldn’t be impacted by the bug.

The SQL statements I use to prepare the schema to reproduce it are the following:

Active and Inactive Sessions

Most people are aware of the STATUS column in V$SESSION. If it’s ‘ACTIVE’ then that connection is in the process of consuming database resources (running a SQL statement etc).

However, a lesser known column which is probably even more useful is the LAST_CALL_ET column. The name suggests the time since the last call, but the documentation provides a more useful description:


If the session STATUS is currently ACTIVE, then the value represents the elapsed time (in seconds) since the session has become active.

If the session STATUS is currently INACTIVE, then the value represents the elapsed time (in seconds) since the session has become inactive.

WordPress 4.5 Released

WordPress 4.5 “Coleman” has been released.

I just applied it to the five WordPress sites I manage by manually triggering the auto-update and everything went through fine.

There are some updates to the standard themes that you will need to manually trigger for update, but there was no drama there either.

I fully expect a rash of little updates to get released over the coming days as new bugs are spotted. </p />

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Collaborate 2016 Oaktable World Sessions

Oaktable World Las Vegas is happening at Collaborate 2016! Many thanks to Tim Gorman, Alex Gorbachev and Mark Farnham for organizing!
Free Oaktable World t-shirts available at Delphix booth 1613 on Tuesday and at the Oaktable World talks on Wednesday. Also available at the Delphix booth is free copies of Mike Swing’s “the little r12.2.5 upgrade essentials for managers and tema members”. Mike will be doing Q&A at the Delphix booth Tuesday 1:15-2:00 and book signing on Wednesday 2:00- 2:45.

Oaktable World all day Wednesday 9:15-6:15 Mandalay Bay Ballroom I


EM13c Corrective Actions

While at Collaborate 2016, a number of us were surprised that people still aren’t using Corrective Actions and in EM13c, there are a number of cool ones built into the system to make your life easier.

TABLE Operator with Locally Defined Types

postit-missed-itIn my OUG Ireland 2016 – Summary post I mentioned the Oren Nakdimon session called “Write Less (Code) with More (Oracle 12c New Features)”. One of the things he mentioned was the removal of restrictions associated with the use of the TABLE operator on local table types. If I had read about this or seen it before, it had certainly slipped my mind, so I made a note to write something about it and add a link to it from my PL/SQL new features article. So here it is.


Becoming a mentor was not a direct path for me.  Even though I inspired people with my perseverance and common sense, I had no inclinations for a corner office position, (I often joke about passing up the corner offices in a fight to get to the server room) and this is often a trait that is expected for someone who is titled with “Mentor.”


With Collaborate 2016 under way, there seems no better time to reflect on why PL/SQL is the natural choice for anyone who loves to code, and loves their data

Presenting “How Data Recovery Mechanisms Complicate Security, and What To Do About It” at #c16lv

Personally-identifiable information (PII) and classified information stored within an Oracle database is quite secure, as the capabilities of Oracle database ensure that it is accessible only by authenticated and authorized users.

But the definition of authentication and authorization can change, in a sense.authentication

In a production application, authentication means verifying that one is a valid application user and authorization means giving that application user the proper privileges to access and manipulate data.

Accelerating Oracle E-Business Suites upgrades

Taking backups during development, testing, or upgrades

The process of upgrading an Oracle E-Business Suites (EBS) system is one requiring dozens or hundreds of steps. Think of it like rock climbing. Each handhold or foothold is analogous to one of the steps in the upgrade.

What happens if you miss a handhold or foothold?

If you are close to the ground, then the fall isn’t dangerous. You dust yourself off, take a deep breath, and then you just start climbing again.

But what happens if you’re 25 or 35 feet off the ground? Or higher?