Posts by Christo Kutrovsky
Ever wished the listener.log file was a table in the database? Wish no more! About three years ago, I sent this recipe in an email to my co-workers. Just recently, Shakir re-sent it after using the method in an emergency. Since it seems to have proved its value, I now offer it to our readers. Have a look.
I got to troubleshoot an amazing situation a few weeks ago. I think it is essentially inconceivable that allowing a single query to run on your system can flip another query’s plans and cause major performance issues (and in this case even downtime!). Sometimes it’s coincidence, sometimes it’s load, and sometimes it’s a single ad hoc query with a new predicate that starts the slowly-ticking time bomb. Here is how it happens and how to fix it.
As I mentioned earlier, the Pythian Dubai office is now open. I mentioned it only took me 5 days to find an apartment here, so I would like to share my experience with you.
After landing, and a 5 day fiesta of arranging my long term apartment here, Pythian Dubai is now fully operational with me being the first employee here.
It is indeed a different world here. I have a feeling I’ll like it even more over the next three months I am here on Pythian duties. I will be writing more, so stay tuned.
I gave this talk covering the different types of memory, how to monitor memory, and how to optimally use it with Oracle at the UKOUG, I have since received requests to post the slides online. Instead of just posting the PowerPoint I took some time to give the presentation again (internally here at Pythian) and this time we recorded the session and are posting it in a variety of formats. This is a bit of a departure from the typical Pythian Goodies, in that it is scripted, and there is a lot of content here in the whitepaper.
This was the presentation I gave at Open World 2007. It went pretty well, judging by how full the room was. I estimate more than 300 people attended. Although the title may sound a bit like a sales pitch, the content is more substantial. Read more here.
Just a quick note to say I’m leaving today for San Francisco to attend Oracle OpenWorld. I’ll be making my presentation on Thursday at 14:30, in Room 304. Look for IOUG: Oracle Database 11g –The Perfection of a Masterpiece (Session ID: S291070).
Thinking I had something new, I wrote this article about recovering deleted files. However, it turns out Frits Hoogland had already blogged about recovery of deleted files on linux, as Frits pointed out in a comment on my blog, where he also mentioned a metalink note on this matter. The procedure outlined in the note describes how to recover the deleted file and put it in the same location as the deleted file. The problem is that it doesn’t include offlining/onlining the file, so the database ends up with two distinct copies of the file.
So you have accidentally removed a datafile from your production database? First thing, DON’T PANIC! There’s an easy way to recover deleted datafiles, for as long as your database remains up. The procedure, outlined here, works on linux, however this method conceivably can work for other platforms.