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Advanced Oracle Troubleshooting Guide, Part 7: Sampling latch holder statistics using LatchProf

I have been too busy since getting back from vacation, thus no posts for a while. But I hope the waiting was worthwhile as I present you LatchProf, a tool for digging in to latch contention problems – using plain SQL and sqlplus!

As, I’m still busy, I make it short.

LatchProf is a script similar to WaitProf, only it samples latch holder statistics from V$LATCHHOLDER. As V$LATCHHOLDER contains a SID column (with session ID of a latch holder) it becomes possible to find who is hitting a latch the most (a way to prove that crappy monitoring tools which constantly scan through V$SQL DO cause library cache latch contention themselves).