Posts Categorized: Pythian

Oracle File Extent Map, the Old-Fashioned Way

Yes, I know, this subject of detailed extent map of the datafiles is a rather old one, and a few different solutions have been provided by several professionals, including the famous Tom Kyte. But none of the answers I found did exactly what I wanted, and therefore, I chose to write my own solution. OEM does provide this, but for a price — the Tablespace Map is part of the Oracle Tuning Pack — and I like the free stuff and the extra flexibility I have using queries.

Installing Oracle 11g on Ubuntu Linux 7.04

come from a MySQL background, and I have been given the challenge of learning Oracle. So I decided to install my own Oracle database, which I’ll be free to destroy in every way I can think of… and of course, free to bring it back to life. Recovering from crashes will probably be the most difficult part of my adventures in the Oracle world, but let’s take one step at a time, shall we? This tutorial was based on a document which can be found here. I have adapted it for Oracle 11g.

Total Recall by DUDE: Extracting Oracle Data After RAID Corruption

Last Friday, a customer paged me to say that they could not open an Oracle 8.0.5 database after the RAID array crashed. It turned out that this database was in NOARCHIVELOG mode and there was not even a cold backup. Furthermore, they didn’t even have a database export. it was definitely the time to recall Kurt Van Meerbeeck and his all-time-hit tool — the DUDE. DUDE stands for Database Unloading by Data Extraction. The client was very impressed by how we were able to recover from a deadly situation like that, and it was only possible thanks to the DUDE and his creator: thanks a lot Kurt.

How Will 11g Change Oracle Datacenters?

Let’s focus on what 11g is all about. The main message I got is that Oracle 11g is the consumer release. According to Mr. Phillips, what this means is that Oracle has listened to its clients and has worked in the areas that the consumers needed the most. The fact that Ari Kaplan, the president of the IOUG, was on stage during the launch speaks for itself. As for what’s new in 11g, three major features come to mind…

SELECT COUNT(*) FROM Tab -> No Rows Selected

n the following SQL*Plus output something is goofed up. You should not have a no rows selected with this SQL. When you see something like that for the first time, you can generally draw from four conclusions: Someone edited the output, SQL*Plus bug, Oracle bug, combination of the above. Since it was me who saw this, number one was an easy but irrelevant answer. What about an SQL*Plus bug? OK, run this using some other ad hoc tool. Same result. Time to take a more precise look at the problem. What is trans?

Postscript to “An Open Letter to Larry Ellison”

Last week, in collaboration with several of my colleagues here at Pythian, I published an open letter to Larry Ellison. The response to this letter has been — well — surprising, both in volume and in character. It is clear that many in the Oracle community seem to share the sentiments that we have expressed. In fact, we know that we are not alone in this endeavour.

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