SQL BackTrack and Flash Recovery Area

There is a bug in SQL BackTrack (at least in version 6.8) that prevents your backing up of the archive logs from the flash recovery area. This will result in the inability to recover from any online backups that you have taken if you somehow lose those archive logs. There are 2 workarounds to this issue that I have tested, have a look.

Oracle R12 Certified for Linux 64-bit on the x86_64 Platform

If you are a early adopter of R12 with a version earlier than 12.0.3, its time to patch up to 12.0.3 or 12.0.4. and migrate to the Linux 64-bit platform. This migration to Linux 64-bit should not be a big hassle, as it is binary-compatible with Linux 32-bit. I expect it be as simple as 1) copy, 2) relink, and 3) startup. I will, however, find out the exact method, and post here in the blog.

ORA-01450 During Online Index Rebuild

We hit an ORA-01450 error today trying to do online rebuild for an index in an unusable state. This was a non-unique index on a fairly large column — VARCHAR2(800 CHAR). It rang a bell. I remembered that I encountered this issue a while ago, but I couldn’t recall the details. I know that it has nothing to do with the actual data size — it’s an error that can occur during index creation.

Oracle 11g — Audit Enabled by Default, But What About Purging?

During my presentation at the TOUG meeting, I mentioned that when using 11g’s enhanced security settings or, at least, the audit setting, you risk the unlimited growth of the SYSTEM. Mohamed El-Shafie from Oracle quickly noticed that there is no auto-purge. I promised to have another look at the maintenance tasks in 11g to confirm that, and indeed, the audit trail is not purged automatically when auditing is enabled by default. Here is a quick remedy — scheduling an audit trail maintenance job.

dbWatch News

Seems I have turned into a bit of a news source. dbWatch Software sent me a news release on their dbWatch monitoring platform, which looks like it might be an interesting product for those who work in a heterogeneous database environment. Here’s the release.

Tuning ‘log file sync’ Event Waits

In this blog entry, I will discuss strategies and techniques to resolve ‘log file sync’ waits. This entry is intended to show an approach based upon scientific principles, not necessarily a step-by-step guide. Let’s understand how LGWR is inherent in implementing the commit mechanism first.

How Oracle Follows Good Database Development Standards, NOT

This is what I found in the APEX documentation that comes with Oracle 11g, in the chapter describing building a very simple application…Making sure the database instance couldn’t potentially use an index in DEPARTMENT_ID column? Why on earth would you teach novice APEX developers such a horrible practice? To me, it’s one more confirmation that Oracle can do an excellent RDBMS, but when it comes to database applications development . . .

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