Playing with oracle DB 18c on-premises before official release

Rodrigo Jorge has already explained a great way to install and play with Oracle 18c DB instance on-premises using Exadata binaries downloaded from edelivery. The basic idea is to install the oracle exadata binaries and before creating the database replace the library “libserver18.a” with the  version gotten from an oracle cloud instance  (Using Oracle Cloud trial account). And that’s it !

But for those like me that don’t have an international credit card required to create an Oracle Cloud trial account  (Yes i don’t have one 😦 ) or don’t want to create one  ! How to proceed to get a copy of this working libserver18.a library ? May be ask one of the oracle folks to upload it to somewhere and hope that there is no backdoor on it :p  or just try to hack it your self 😀

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From memory request to PL/SQL source line [ errorstack dump ]

In my last blog post i described a geeky way to trace back the responsible PL/SQL code for a particular memory request into the PGA. It was based essentially on a dynamic tracing tool “systemtap” to probe on  specific functions entry such as KGHAL memory allocator functions (Based on Stefan Koehler dtrace script )  and relied on calling an internal oracle function “pfrln0lookup” using “oradebug call” to  get the actual PL/SQL line number.It would have been safer if we reverse engineered the function “pfrln0lookup” to extract only the thing that matter and avoid calling it but this need time and is forbidden :p  !

So here i will describe a safer and simpler approach relying only on collecting multiple errorstack dump samples and a little shell script to parse the trace file !

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Tracing PL/SQL subprogram calls with parameters values [Dynamic tracing]

The purpose of this blog post is demonstrate again the power of Linux dynamic tracing/instrumentation tools.

In my last blog post Enhancing DBMS_OUTPUT using systemtap i showed how we can track  the parameter values passed to “dbms_output.put_line” routine using systemtap.That was a very simple example because we already know the type of the arguments passed (a simple VARCHAR2) and also because there is only ONE parameter.

Tracking PL/SQL routine calls arguments using dynamic tracing utility like perf or systemtap can become quite complex depending on many things like :

  • Argument types
  • Argument number
  • Argument passed  By Value/By reference
  • Subprograms type (nested/package/standalone subprogram)
  • Optimization level (ex: inlining of call of procedure)

Time for the serious stuff  with dynamic tracing tool PERF ! 

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Geeky PL/SQL tracer/profiler : Another step

This is my second post under the theme of how to extend our capabilities to trace and profile PL/SQL code.This time motivated by a comment from Luca Canali on my previous post  :

So based on my previous work on geeky PL/SQL tracer let’s see how we can obtain a geeky PL/SQL on-CPU Flame Graph !

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Geeky PL/SQL tracer/profiler : First step

This blog post is about how to extend our capabilities to trace and profile PL/SQL code.It’s primarily motivated by few tweets from Franck Pachot and of course because it’s FUN !

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So in the first part of this series we are going to answer to this questions : Can we map those underling function to the source PL/SQL object and line number ? Can we obtain a full trace ? Of course yes otherwise there will be no blog post :p

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POUG : Memory access tracing slides

You know POUG ? Of course you know POUG ! This is one of the best  Oracle conference out there ! Great peoples ! Great Speakers ! Great Place ! Awesome ambiance !!!

Last week i was honored to be there ! It was a pleasure to meet many other Oracle geeks and to participate to this great event !

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So as promised here is my presentation (My first public speak by the way)  on slide share : Just click here !

Many thanks for all the POUG Team for this great adventure ! Don’t miss POUG18 !!!!