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MERRY CHRISTMAS from Pythian’s EBS Teams, Oracle Style ;-)

Pythian’s friendly Oracle e-Business Suite DBAs would like to congratulate all of our friends, clients, Pythian colleagues, prospects, new team members whom we haven’t yet met (join us!), all database geeks, and blog readers for successfully completing 2012! Have a very peaceful Christmas and the happiest year ever in 2013! May all of your pagers be quiet, and your year-end maintenance be incident-free! ;) Here comes our Christmas card to you :)

Revealing the Hints Behind the Automatic SQL Tuning Advisor

A client recently supplied a list of 50+ SQL IDs that should receive SQL profiles, and I’ve been working with Gwen Shapira to review the list. Further discussion showed that this list had come from the Automatic SQL Tuning feature, installed by default in Oracle 11g. The report includes a list of recommended SQL profiles ordered by “Maximum Benefit”, and in our case it included several hundred statements. The expected workflow, as far as I can gather, is to see the recommendations, look at the before- and after- execution plans, and accept the recommendations. Before blindly accepting recommendations, though, I like to see what exact changes are being proposed. They aren’t listed anywhere in the report, and require some extra work to uncover. The first step is to get the automatic SQL tuning advisor report. (

Benchmarking NDB vs Galera

Inspired by the benchmark in this post, we decided to run some NDB vs Galera benchmarks for ourselves. We confirmed that NDB does not perform well using m1.large instances. In fact, it’s totally unacceptable –  no setup should ever have a minimum latency of 220ms – so m1.large instances are not an option. Apparently the…

Put Opsview Hosts Into Downtime via the Shell

Recently a client of ours who used opsview to manage their resources needed to place some of their hosts into downtime in conjunction with some other cron-scheduled tasks. In order to implement that functionality, I created this simple script that should work with most installations of opsview, or with a few modifications, can be modified…

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