Getting Latch holder info out of the state objects in SGA memory

It will be great to have a tool that will extract latch holder information directly from state objects  stored inside the SGA. This way we will reduce the overhead when troubleshooting latch contention an beside that it’s also cool !!

This may sound difficult ! How to proceed ? and the answer is …. Memory reference tracing !

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Since oracle Adaptive Dynamic Sampling  result are stored inside SPD as a special directive type “DYNAMIC_SAMPLING_RESULT”. This will allow the result of ADS to be persisted on disk,thus it will survive memory flush and database restart.For more detailed info please check Mauro Pagano blog Post Something new about SQL Plan Directives and 12.2

We may ask at this moment is there some sanity check that will trigger the refresh of this ADS result stored as sql plan directive when the table data is marked stale (STALE_PERCENT) ?

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Improved remote session debugging (DBMS_DEBUG_JDWP)

“Improving the PL/SQL Debugger:

In prior releases, it was necessary to change the application to include calls to start and stop debugging. With this improvement, one database session can start debugging, and stop debugging a different session.”

“With these improvements, if a problem occurs in a long running test or in a production environment, it is possible to investigate the problem from another session.” Oracle Database 12c Release 2 (12.2) New Features

Let’s take a closer look :

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IN-MEMORY population/[trickle] re-population : How much work ? Part 2

In one of my previous blog post i demonstrated that the amount of work needed for IN-MEMORY population/[trickle] re-population in oracle is more than we may expect : IN-MEMORY population/[trickle] re-population : How much work ? You may be surprised !

Let’s do a very quick check  on how this is now handled in oracle 6/UEK4

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Workaround for systemtap issue : Oracle Tracing [registration error (rc 0) !]

This is my third blog post about an issue that we may encounter with uprobes and the recent kernel/oracle version.

As the name of this article suggest i will show here how we can put a probe point on oracle functions using systemtap based on the workaround that i described previously.

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Workaround for Linux Perf Probes issue for Oracle Tracing

As explained in my previous post there is some issues with uprobes and the recent kernel/oracle version.Based on the workaround that i described i will show in  this short blog post how we can put a probe point on oracle function using Linux Perf. Sadly i haven’t figured out a way to do that using systemtap (Special thanks to Frank Ch. Eigler for his help)

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uprobes issue with oracle 12c

If you are using dynamic tracing tools like systemtap/perf for user space probing (based on uprobes/uretprobes) with recent oracle/kernel version you may have hit this issue.As stated by Luca Canali Ref

“Issues with uprobes and Oracle versions: uprobes works OK for tracing Oracle 11.2. However, for Oracle 12.1 I find that uprobes works OK on  RHEL7.0 (kernel 3.10.0-123) and UEK (kernel 3.8.x), but does not work for kernels that ship with RHEL 7.1,7,2 and anything higher (including UEK4). When testing the easiest is to use Oracle 11.2 or if you want to test Oracle 12.1 use UEK3 or RHEL 7.0 kernel. More investigations are needed on this topic.”

Let’s check :

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