Interval Partitioning and Parallel Query Limit Access Paths

Interval partitioning – this ability to create partitions on the fly was introduced in 11g. When the feature came out, there were several nasty bugs. One such particular “limitation” has to do with parallel group by on the partition key. If you want to see just that part, skip towards the end, but I think reading the whole post will offer some insight on how Oracle Parallel Query works.

Oracle Direct NFS: How to Start

First of all, if you are using NFS to store Oracle database data files, I strongly advise you to enable Oracle Direct NFS (DNFS) to access these files. However, if you are not using NFS, DNFS is probably not of interest to you, and you should stop reading here. But, if you want to set it up, let’s go!

How to Upgrade from to on Linux

Recently, I was upgrading a database from to the current version. The database was using ASM, but I should notify at the beginning that the configuration is for a Stand-Alone Server and not RAC. Basically, the first things to be done for this procedure are part of the following checklist…

DBD::Oracle v1.45_00 on Its Way to CPAN

A new trial version of DBD::Oracle has been churned out. This release is mostly about Martin J. Evans going all ninjawesome on minor bug fixes as well as paving the way for an upcoming refactoring/speed boost of ora_verbose. As usual, the new version will be soaked for at least 2 weeks before it will turn into its fit-for-general-consumption v1.46 incarnation. Testers, please give this baby a whirl. The full changelog follows for the curious-minded.

War Story: Applying Bundle Patch 1 to EM 12 Cloud Control

We have a few clients already using Enterprise Manager 12c Cloud Control. The interface and navigation have improved a lot from the 11g version in my opinion. However, as with any new release of anything, quite a few bugs still need to be fixed. After working with Oracle on some of these bugs last week, we were asked to apply the Bundle Patch 1 (BP1) to one of our clients’ installation. The first thing that I noticed when I started looking for information about BP1 was the amount of warnings from different people I found in MOS and around the internet.

Presentations for Ottawa Oracle User Group

The Ottawa Oracle User Group (OOUG) was kind enough to invite me to give presentations for a whole morning. The group was ultra engaged and asked a lot of good questions, so my usual 50-minute Big Data presentation ended up taking 100 minutes, and the rest of the content had to be squeezed a bit. I hope everyone had a good time!

Locks, Latches, Mutexes, and CPU Usage

So how is the actual “waiting on lock” implemented? How does session B, waiting for a transaction to commit started by session A, knows that the resource is free for use? To find out how it is implemented, I have traced Oracle foreground processes. I tried this on Oracle RDBMS running on Linux. This is a excerpt of system calls being executed during a session waiting for a lock…

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