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May 2015

If you use swingbench take note of sbutil

This is going to be a very short post for a change. I have used Swingbench extensively and really love the tool. Many thanks to Dominic Giles!

Recently he announced a new tool on his blog that you can use to inflate your data volume. So instead of using the “-scale” argument when executing oewizard you can just keep the defaults and later on create as much data as you like. Here is an example, the reason for this post.

Setting the Scene

Indexing and Transparent Data Encryption Part I (The Secret Life of Arabia)

Database security has been a really hot topic recently so I thought I might write a few posts in relation to indexing and Transparent Data Encryption (TDE) which is available as part of the Oracle Advanced Security option. To protect the database from unauthorized “backed-door” accesses, the data within the actual database files can be encrypted. […]

SQL ID Specific Performance Information

When you need to have information about one SQL_ID and don’t need everything and the kitchen sink, there are a few different ways to collect this via Oracle.  I’m surprised how rarely this is covered in performance tuning/optimization, (whatever the current “acceptable” term is for fixing a database when there are performance issues arise… J)  classes, manuals and documentation.

Fixing my iPhone with my Backside

{Things got worse with this phone >>}

Working with Oracle often involves fixing things – not because of the Oracle software (well, occasionally it is) but because of how it is used or the tech around it. Sometimes the answer is obvious, sometime you can find help on the web and sometimes you just have to sit on the issue for a while. Very, very occasionally, quite literally.


Dreaded “out of battery” icon

Migrated rows

I received an email recently describing a problem with a query which was running a full tablescan but: “almost all the waits are on ‘db file sequential read’ and the disk read is 10 times the table blocks”.  Some further information supplied was that the tablespace was using ASSM and 16KB block size; the table had 272 columns (ouch!) and the Oracle version was

Quiz Night

How many rows will you return from a single table query if you include the predicate

        rownum > 2

in the where clause.

Warning: this IS a catch question

To make it easier and avoid ambiguity, you may assume the table is the standard SCOTT.EMP table.


Part 2:

This posting was prompted by noticing a note that Dominic Brooks posted a few months ago.

Can you supply a workaround for the little oddity he’s described.

fsfreeze in Linux

The fsfreeze command, is used to suspend and resume access to a file system. This allows consistent snapshots to be taken of the filesystem. fsfreeze supports Ext3/4, ReiserFS, JFS and XFS.

A filesystem can be frozen using following command:

#cccccc;line-height: 1.4"># /sbin/fsfreeze -f /data

Now if you are writing to this filesystem, the process/command will be stuck. For example, following command will be stuck in D (UNINTERUPTEBLE_SLEEP) state:

#cccccc;line-height: 1.4"># echo “testing” > /data/file

Only after the filesystem is unfreezed using the following command, can it continue: