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Stays One Step Ahead With Certification

I started with Oracle certifications at the time of 8i. I had good experience on development side, but more limited on operation side. The certification, 4 exams at that time, was the way for me to prove my knowledge on *all* database domains, including operations. After that, I was able to find position on operation DBA side more easily without the ‘did you administrate big critical databases in production?’. It was clearly more liberty in job seeking.

My tmux scripts to script demos

By Franck Pachot

When I did my first demo using tmux, I have written the following blog post to explain it: Since then I’ve done all my demos with this technique. My scripts and configuration files have evolved now I have uploaded the on GitHub to share them:

Oracle archivelog deletion policy

Here are my posts on the dbi-services blog about archivelog deletion policy.

The deletion policy on a dataguard configuration should be:

for the site where you don’t backup. It can be the standby or the primary.


for the site where you do the backups. It can be the primary or the standby.

Some related posts:

18c: Order by in WITH clause is not preserved

By Franck Pachot

For a previous post I’ve run on 18c a script of mine to get the V$MYSTAT delta values between two queries. This script (new version available on GitHub) generates the queries to store some values and subtract them on the next execution. But I had to fix it for 18c because I relied on some order by in a CTE which is lost in 18c.
The idea was to get the statistic names in a Common Table Expression (CTE):

with stats as (
select rownum n,stat_id,name from (select stat_id,name from v$statname where name in (&names) order by stat_id)

and query it from different parts of the UNION ALL which generates the script:

select 'select ' from dual
union all

18c: some optimization about redo size

Some years ago, at the time of 12.1 release, I published in the SOUG newsletter some tests to show the amount of redo generated by different operations on a 10000 rows table. I had run it on 12.2 without seeing the differences and now on 18.1
I get the statistics from mystat using a script that displays them as columns, with the value being the difference from the previous run. I’ve run the same as in the article, and most of the statistics were in the same ballpark.

Event Sourcing: CQN is not a replacement for CDC

We are in an era where software architects want to stream the transactions out of the database and distribute them, as events, to multiple microservices. Don’t ask why, but that’s the trend: store inconsistent eventually consistent copies of data in different physical components, rather than simply using logical views in the same database, where the data is ACIDely stored, processed and protected. Because it was decided that this segregation, in CQRS (Command Query Responsibility Segregation), will be physical, on different systems, the need for logical replication and change data capture is raising, with a new name: Event Sourcing.


Here’s another little note on the clustering_factor for an index and the table preference table_cached_blocks that can be set with a call to dbms_stats.set_table_prefs(). I might be repeating a point that someone made in a comment on an older posting but if that’s the case I can’t find the comment at present, and it’s worth its own posting anyway.

Statspack installation scripts

When Diagnostic Pack is disabled, either because you don’t have Diagnostic Pack or you are in Standard Edition, I highly recommend to install Statspack. When you will need it, to investigate on an issue that occured in the past, you will be happy to have it already installed and gathering snapshots.

I order to be sure to have it installed correctly, there’s a bit more to do than just what is described in spcreate.doc and I detail that in a UKOUG Oracle Scene article Improving Statspack Experience.

For easy download, I’ve put the scripts on GitHub:

You will find the following scripts for Statspack installation:

Truncate upgrade

Connor McDonald produced a tweet yesterday linking to a short video he’d created about an enhancement to the truncate command in 12c. If you have referential integrity declared between a parent and child table then in 12c you can truncate the parent table and Oracle will truncate the child table for you – rather than raising an error. The feature requires the foreign key constraint to be declared “on delete cascade” – which is an option that I don’t see used very often. Unfortunately if you try to change an existing foreign key constraint to meet this requirement you’ll find that you can’t (yet) use the “alter table modify constraint” to make the necessary change. As Connor pointed out, you’ll have to drop and recreate the constraint – which leaves you open to bad data getting into the system or an outage while you do the drop and recreate.


For an Oracle DBA, we are used to join active sessions (from V$SESSION where status=’ACTIVE) with active statements (from V$SQL where users_executing>0) on the SQL_ID. V$ACTIVE_SESSION_HISTORY also displays the TOP_LEVEL_SQL_ID to get the entrypoint of the usercall if we need it. With Postgres it is a bit more difficult because it seems that PG_STAT_ACTIVITY do not show the active statement but only the top-level one. But pg_stat_statement collects statistics for the final statements.