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New versions of LatchProf and LatchProfX for latch contention troubleshooting and tuning

The LatchProf and LatchProfX scripts allow you to be more systematic with latch contention troubleshooting and tuning. No more guesswork is needed as these scripts give you exact session IDs and in this version also SQLIDs of the troublemaking applications.

You can download the new versions here:

Example output (with SQLID info) is below:

SQL> @latchprof name,sid,sqlid % % 100000

-- LatchProf 1.21 by Tanel Poder ( http://www.tanelpoder.com )

NAME                                       SID SQLID               Held       Gets  Held %     Held ms Avg hold ms
----------------------------------- ---------- ------------- ---------- ---------- ------- ----------- -----------
cache buffers chains                       133 3jbwa65aqmkvm        349        348     .35      14.169        .041
simulator lru latch                        133 3jbwa65aqmkvm         51         51     .05       2.071        .041
row cache objects                          133 3jbwa65aqmkvm          5          5     .01        .203        .041
cache buffers chains                        24                        5          5     .01        .203        .041
cache buffers chains                       149 3jbwa65aqmkvm          3          3     .00        .122        .041
resmgr group change latch                   33 147a57cxq3w5y          2          2     .00        .081        .041
cache buffers chains                         9 5raw2bzx227wp          2          1     .00        .081        .081
In memory undo latch                       149 f3y38zthh270n          2          1     .00        .081        .081
active checkpoint queue latch                5                        2          1     .00        .081        .081
cache buffers chains                       149 75621g9y3xmvd          2          2     .00        .081        .041
cache buffers chains                         9 gvgdv2v90wfa7          2          2     .00        .081        .041
cache buffers chains                        33 75621g9y3xmvd          2          2     .00        .081        .041
checkpoint queue latch                       5                        1          1     .00        .041        .041
ksuosstats global area                       8                        1          1     .00        .041        .041
cache buffers lru chain                    133 3jbwa65aqmkvm          1          1     .00        .041        .041
multiblock read objects                    155 75ju2gn3s8009          1          1     .00        .041        .041
resmgr group change latch                    9 0w2qpuc6u2zsp          1          1     .00        .041        .041
resmgr group change latch                   33 apgb2g9q2zjh1          1          1     .00        .041        .041
resmgr group change latch                  133 apgb2g9q2zjh1          1          1     .00        .041        .041
space background task latch                 17                        1          1     .00        .041        .041
cache buffers chains                       149 5raw2bzx227wp          1          1     .00        .041        .041
cache buffers chains                        33 5raw2bzx227wp          1          1     .00        .041        .041
cache buffers chains                        33 05s4vdwsf5802          1          1     .00        .041        .041
cache buffers chains                        31 0yas01u2p9ch4          1          1     .00        .041        .041
cache buffers chains                         9 41zu158rqf4kf          1          1     .00        .041        .041
In memory undo latch                        33 0bzhqhhj9mpaa          1          1     .00        .041        .041
In memory undo latch                        31 gvgdv2v90wfa7          1          1     .00        .041        .041
In memory undo latch                         9 gvgdv2v90wfa7          1          1     .00        .041        .041
simulator lru latch                        149 3jbwa65aqmkvm          1          1     .00        .041        .041
row cache objects                          133 5yq51dtyc6qf2          1          1     .00        .041        .041
SQL memory manager workarea list la        133 3jbwa65aqmkvm          1          1     .00        .041        .041
enqueues                                   141                        1          1     .00        .041        .041
row cache objects                          132                        1          1     .00        .041        .041

33 rows selected.

LatchProf scripts allow you to easily identify which session and SQLID (or sqlhash in 9i) cause the latch(es) to be held the most.

Let’s check what’s the most “latch-holding” SQL reported by LatchProf:

SQL> @sqlid 3jbwa65aqmkvm

HASH_VALUE  CH# SQL_TEXT
---------- ---- ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
1432996723    0 SELECT O.ORDER_ID, LINE_ITEM_ID, PRODUCT_ID, UNIT_PRICE, QUANTITY, ORDER_MODE, ORDER_STATUS, ORDER_TOTAL, SALES_REP_ID, PROMOTION_ID, C.CUSTOMER_ID,
 CUST_FIRST_NAME, CUST_LAST_NAME, CREDIT_LIMIT, CUST_EMAIL, ORDER_DATE FROM ORDERS O , ORDER_ITEMS OI, CUSTOMERS C WHERE O.ORDER_ID = OI.ORDER_ID AND
 O.CUSTOMER_ID = C.CUSTOMER_ID AND O.ORDER_STATUS <= 4

If you want to read more about the capabilities of LatchProf and LatchProfX, go here:

Note that the latest version (v1.21) also fixes a problem with Oracle 11.2 where the script execution plan order was wrong, causing the sampling to not happen in correct order. I added a NO_TRANSFORM_DISTINCT_AGG hint to disable a new transformation happening in 11.2 to make the scripts behave correctly…

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