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January 2013

Fedora 18 and Oracle 11gR2…

After several abortive attempts I finally got hold of Fedora 18 last night. Those mirrors are getting a real battering at the moment. :)

The first job was to do a basic installation.

I’d seen a few things written about the new installer, not all of which were positive. IMHO the installation was a really nice experience. It is very different to previous installers, which probably freaks some people out, but I think it works really well.

What the heck is the INTERNAL_FUNCTION in execution plan predicate section?

Sometimes you see something like this in an execution plan:

--------------------------------------------------------------------------
| Id  | Operation         | Name | Rows  | Bytes | Cost (%CPU)| Time     |
--------------------------------------------------------------------------
|   0 | SELECT STATEMENT  |      |       |       |     2 (100)|          |
|*  1 |  TABLE ACCESS FULL| T    |     1 |    22 |     2   (0)| 00:00:01 |
--------------------------------------------------------------------------

Predicate Information (identified by operation id):
---------------------------------------------------

   1 - filter("B"=INTERNAL_FUNCTION("A"))

There’s quite a little information available about what the INTERNAL_FUNCTION really is and why does it show up, thus this blog entry.

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Oracle 11gR2 RAC Installation on Oracle Linux 5

As promised in a recent post, I’ve updated the Oracle 11gR2 RAC on Oracle Linux 5 article. It now uses VirtualBox 4.2.6, rather than 3.2.8 as it was before, and Oracle Linux 5.8.

I’ve purposely left it as an 11.2.0.1 installation as you can get this from OTN without needing access to My Oracle Support (MOS). The process works just as well for 11.2.0.3 and I would recommend you use that if you do have access to MOS. Remember, if you are doing the RAC installation on Oracle Linux 6 you are going to need 11.2.0.3, so OL5 might be the right option if you are playing around with this at home with no access to MOS.

Cheers

Tim…

Oracle Linux and ESX hot add cpu and memory

I'm still quite new in Vmware ESX environment and features which I'm using now as my lab (curiosity of VMWare Guru Program).
This time I decided to test hot add CPU and memory functionality. It looks very interesting and in past years hot cpu / memory games where restricted to sophisticated hardware only - now everybody can test is at home.

My lab is basesd on Intel 4 cores and VM are running Oracle Linux 6.3 with or without Oracle Enterprise Kernel. Here are my findings:

Oracle Linux and ESX hot add cpu and memory

I'm still quite new in Vmware ESX environment and features which I'm using now as my lab (curiosity of VMWare Guru Program).
This time I decided to test hot add CPU and memory functionality. It looks very interesting and in past years hot cpu / memory games where restricted to sophisticated hardware only - now everybody can test is at home.

My lab is basesd on Intel 4 cores and VM are running Oracle Linux 6.3 with or without Oracle Enterprise Kernel. Here are my findings:

Tuning paramon.sql

I know no one really likes the term “tuning” these days, but it’s a short catchy word that gets the idea across. So I’ll just stick with it for the title of this post.

Note that this is one of those posts that’s not really supposed to be about how to solve a particular problem. It’s really just a story about a distraction that I ran into and I how I thought about getting around the issue and then ultimately resolving the root cause. Maybe you will find it instructive to see the process.

Secure Coding PL/SQL

I wrote a new presentation last year on secure coding with PL/SQL and presented it twice; once at a SIG in London and once in Oracles office in Edinburgh. This is a really interesting subject for me as i have....[Read More]

Posted by Pete On 14/01/13 At 07:43 PM