I have some news, two items actually.
First, today (it’s still 18th June in California) is my blog’s 8th anniversary!
I wrote my first blog post, about Advanced Oracle Troubleshooting, exactly 8 years ago, on 18th June 2007 and have written 229 blog posts since. I had started writing and accumulating my TPT script collection a couple of years earlier and now it has over 1000 files in it! And no, I don’t remember what all of them do and even why I had written them. Also I haven’t yet created an index/documentation for all of them (maybe on the 10th anniversary? ;)
Thanks everyone for your support, reading, commenting and the ideas we’ve exchanged over all these years, it’s been awesome to learn something new every single day!
A new version 4.21 of the XPLAN_ASH utility is available for download. I publish this version because it will be used in the recent video tutorials explaining the Active Session History functionality of the script.
This is mainly a maintenance release that fixes some incompatibilities of the 4.2 version with less recent versions (10.2 and 220.127.116.11).
As an extra however, this version now differentiates between general CPU usage and in-memory CPU usage (similar to 18.104.22.168 Real-Time SQL Monitoring). This is not done in all possible sections of the output yet, but the most important ones are already covered.
I finally got around preparing another part of the XPLAN_ASH video tutorial.
This part is about the main funcationality of XPLAN_ASH: SQL statement execution analysis using Active Session History and Real-Time SQL Monitoring.
In this video tutorial I'll explain what the output of XPLAN_ASH is supposed to mean when using the Active Session History functionality of the script. Before diving into the details of the script output using sample reports I provide some overview and introduction in this part that hopefully makes it simpler to understand how the output is organized and what it is supposed to mean.
This is the initial, general introduction part. More parts to follow.
A new version 4.2 of the XPLAN_ASH utility is available for download.
There were no too significant changes in this release, mainly some new sections related to I/O figures were added.
One thing to note is that some of the sections in recent releases may require a linesize larger than 700, so the script's settings have been changed to 800. If you use corresponding settings for CMD.EXE under Windows for example you might have to adjust accordingly to prevent ugly line wrapping.
Here are the notes from the change log:
- New sections "Concurrent activity I/O Summary based on ASH" and "Concurrent activity I/O Summary per Instance based on ASH" to see the I/O activity summary for concurrent activity
A new version 4.1 of the XPLAN_ASH utility is available for download.
This version in particular supports now the new 12c "Adaptive" plan feature - previous versions don't cope very well with those if you don't add the "ADAPTIVE" formatting option manually.
Here are the notes from the change log:
- GV$SQL_MONITOR and GV$SQL_PLAN_MONITOR can now be customized in the
settings as table names in case you want to use your own custom monitoring repository that copies data from GV$SQL_MONITOR and GV$SQL_PLAN_MONITOR in order to keep/persist monitoring data. The tables need to have at least those columns that are used by XPLAN_ASH from the original views
A minor update 4.01 to the XPLAN_ASH utility is available for download.
These are the notes from the change log:
- More info for RAC Cross Instance Parallel Execution: Many sections now show a GLOBAL aggregate info in addition to instance-specific data
- The Parallel Execution Server Set detection and ASSUMED_DEGREE info now makes use of the undocumented PX_STEP_ID and PX_STEPS_ARG info (bit mask part of the PX_FLAGS column) on 22.214.171.124+
- Since version 4.0 added from 126.96.36.199 on the PX *MAX* DOP in the "SQL statement execution ASH Summary" based on the new PX_FLAGS column of ASH it makes sense to add a PX *MIN* DOP in the summary to see at one glance if different DOPs were used or not
A new version of the XPLAN_ASH tool (detailed analysis of a single SQL statement execution) is available for download. The previous post includes links to video tutorials explaining what the tool is about.
The new version comes with numerous improvements and new features. The most important ones are:
A new major release (version 3.0) of my XPLAN_ASH tool is available for download.
In addition to many changes to the way the information is presented and many other smaller changes to functionality there is one major new feature: XPLAN_ASH now also supports S-ASH, the free ASH implementation.
If you run XPLAN_ASH in a S-ASH repository owner schema, it will automatically detect that and adjust accordingly.
XPLAN_ASH was tested against the latest stable version of S-ASH (2.3). There are some minor changes required to that S-ASH release in order to function properly with XPLAN_ASH. Most of them will be included in the next S-ASH release as they really are only minor and don't influence the general S-ASH functionality at all.
Catchy title, huh? :-)
The Snapper v4 is getting ready! I am going to launch it on Wednesday 13 Feb 11am PST at the Snapper V4 webinar (register here).
The major new features include:
Snapper is still a free-to-use tool and it still does NOT require any object creation nor changes in your databases for use. Now even DBMS_LOCK access isn’t needed, although it’s still useful for convenience.