Category Archives: Oracle
Send article as PDF Have you ever wanted to use a tool to parse the manually typed up “stuff” that lives in a tnsnames.ora file, to be absolutely certain that it is correct? Ever wanted some tool to count all the opening and closing brackets match? I may just have the very thing […]
Send article as PDF A simple exercise to refresh a schema in a test database caused no end of problems when it hung at 99% complete. The last message on screen indicated that it was importing the Materialized Views (yes, with a ‘Z’). After a long time, the DBA running the import killed […]
Send article as PDF While checking out a dataguarded database prior to being handed over into production, I needed to test that both OEM and dgmgrl could carry out a switchover and failover from the (stand-alone) primary db (ORCL_PDB) to the physical standby database (ORCL_SBY), and back again.
Send article as PDF The Oracle database allows the users to change their passwords as follows:
Send article as PDF In this, the second part of the Introduction to Oracle Datapump mini-series, we take a look at importing dump files using impdp. If you missed the first part which concentrated on exporting with expdp, have a read of it here. Once again, the following is a quick introduction for […]
Send article as PDF Oracle Datapump, aka expdp and impdp were introduced at Oracle 10g to replace the old faithful exp and imp utilities. Many DBAs around the world find that it’s hard to change from what we know like the back of our hand, to something new. We need to change because […]
Send article as PDF A slight variation on the incremental backups. In this (short) article, I demonstrate the use of database file copy backups which are themselves updated on a regular basis to avoid having to restore and recover using numerous incremental backups.
Send article as PDF It’s been a while since the previous post in this series, but I’m back again. This time out, we are looking at incremental backups. What they are, how they work, and how – of course – to take them and use the to restore and recover your databases.
Send article as PDF This post has also been categorised under “rants and raves” as you will see below! Oracle 10g was the first time that proxy users could be used easily from SQL. Prior to that only Java and/or OCI programs could use them. They’ve been around since 8i, but not (well) […]
Send article as PDF If, like me, you have suffered from ORA-29902 Error in executing ODCIIndexStart() routine errors where Spatial indexes are involved, the following might help you fix it.
Send article as PDF I have been looking at this far too long, and I’m stumped. I resolved a similar problem yesterday on another server. That was down to the ORACLE_HOME setting in listener.ora having a ’1′ in it rather than a ’2′. Took ages to spot that.
Send article as PDF Tired of trying to drop empty datafiles from a tablespace, which you know is empty? Keep getting errors telling you the data file isn’t empty? Getting frustrated with the whole thing? Me too. This link has the reason and solution.
Send article as PDF Are you forced to use Internet Explorer at work? Are you, like me, forced to use an old, insecure, broken version of IE at work, because it’s the Government Standard version? And are you, like me, unable to upload evidence files to My Oracle Support?
Send article as PDF Oh hum. An 22.214.171.124 Enterprise Edition production database has statspack taking a regular snapshot under the control of a dbms_scheduler job. For no apparent reason, the snapshot started failing with ORA-01400 Cannot insert NULL into PERFSTAT.STATS$SYSTEM_EVENT.EVENT. This was an interesting one to fix.
Send article as PDF Recently, I saw a mention of an interview question for SQL developers. It was something along the lines of: There is a table with a sex column. It has been discovered that the values are swapped around and need to be corrected. How would you swap all ‘M’ values […]