One of our clients found a bug with dbms_scheduler: it logs a job as successful when a ORA-01403 is thrown. Oracle was pointing us to unpublished bug #4552696 . They said a patch is available for 11 and offered to backport the patch.
I got a call from a developer who had a table with a primary key populated by a sequence, a timestamp column with the current date and some other columns. He had a specific set of data that, when ordered by the primary key had out of order timestamps. He was puzzled how this could be. We changed the sequence to “ordered” and increased the cache to 1000. Now selecting on either node gets the next number as he expected. I warned him that there would be some performance implications due to cluster synchronization. Him being a responsive developer, asked me what the impact would be, so I tested it out.
On Friday, I announced the Pythian Goodies project, and now here it is, the very first video of the series. The topic is “Flash Recovery Area,” and how can it make your life easier.
When checking for new known issues with 10.2.0.3 patchset on Metalink I discovered that an upgrade problem was added – Metalink Note 401435.1. The issue affects all 64 platforms especially when database is upgraded from any previous 32 bit release.
I’ve been wondering for a while now how best to transfer knowledge efficiently and in a fun way. Presentations are good, but they require a lot of effort in preparation and research, and they are not as interactive as they could be when the group is smaller. To answer some of these issues, I would like to introduce you to Pythian Goodies. What is a Pythian Goody session you ask? Find out here.
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At the end of my last MySQL post I mentioned strange behavior with GROUP BY and DISTINCT. This MySQL “feature” could save some resources on sorts and aggregates but generally I would avoid it as this is not portable solution. Generally speaking, query output is non-deterministic — it depends on the full table scan implementation and on the physical order of rows in a table. This means that it’s actually a bug and , instead, MySQL should produce and error on those statements.
I’ve started to use DBCA more and I try to use its template management capabilities. It looks like templates is not the most robust feature of Database Configuration Assistant. Sometimes, there are issues when I want to reuse template. I reviewed the parameters and found that control_files is set to an empty string. Checked Metaclick and, indeed, this error is related to empty control_files parameter.
This article will discuss how to make many-to-many relationships in data warehousing easily queried by novice SQL users using point-and-click query tools.
Those of you that that enjoyed my post on Stability, Agility, Scalability and Cost: The eBay example are sure to like this technical interview of the desperate efforts to stay only a bit behind the traffic demands at MySpace, written by David Carr at Baseline Magazine. A worthy read for those of you interested in the lofty heights of database scaling, where we pack oxygen and have to make some choices and compromises along the way.