V00D00 & APUD
02.10.2017

Direct path insert and IOTs

(Please tell me that I’m not the only one who thinks "Index Organized Table" instead of "Internet Of Things" when hearing IOT…) This post is inspired by Connor McDonald and his blog post from a year ago about direct mode operations and IOTs. You can read it here: https://connor-mcdonald.com/2016/07/04/direct-mode-operations-on-iots/amp/ While writing a redo parser for […]


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VOODOO
20.09.2017

rollback internals

While researching redo log internals for V00D00 we had to face the fact, that we know shit about real transactional behavior. When I say "real", I mean – under the hood. Even with a very simple stuff like COMMIT and ROLLBACK we were constantly amazed by the internal mechanisms. Today let’s take ROLLBACK under the […]


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V00D00
21.08.2017

How Oracle stores numbers internally

Before you proceed, please check out this short article written by Tanel Poder: http://blog.tanelpoder.com/2010/09/02/which-number-takes-more-space-in-an-oracle-row/ In the documentation, you can find the following explanation about the internal numeric format: Oracle stores numeric data in variable-length format. Each value is stored in scientific notation, with 1 byte used to store the exponent and up to 20 bytes […]


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VOODOO
24.07.2017

When UPDATE becomes an INSERT

During a research for VOODOO, we came across a lot of interesting stuff inside REDO. One of my favourites is an UPDATE, becoming an INSERT 🙂 So let’s see what has happened – I performed the following update on a sample table: The regular dump of redo log with an UPDATE looks like this: In […]


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POUG
05.07.2017

POUG voucher – contest

Contest time! I had a cool function in my database: When executed, it returned a -15% voucher for POUG conference. And POUG is a REALLY COOL confernece 🙂 Check it out: poug.org The problem is that I was cleaning my training database and dropped the function by accident. Fortunately, I have archivelogs and I wrote […]


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VOODOO
28.05.2017

How to recover a dropped package from archivelogs – based on research for VOODOO engine

Sorry for long time without post, but we are writing with Marcin Rydz a new heterogenous replication product based on archivelogs and it’s consuming a looooooot of our time 🙂 Yes I know it’s nothing new on the market. There are other cool products and I know they’ll be probably be better. But we want […]


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ODBV
12.03.2017

ODBV improvements

Thanks to suggestions made by Frits Hoogland, I made some improvements to the ODBV. The new version can be found here: http://ora-600.pl/oinstall/odbv.x86_64 The changes are: Recognition of first, second and third level bitmap block Recognition of pagetable segment header Block number ranges on the left side The blocks will be coloured properly to belonging segment. […]


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ODBV
01.02.2017

back to the basics: ALTER TABLE MOVE vs SHRINK

It’s time for the next article with ODBV visualisation 🙂 This time let’s examine the difference between move and shrink – this is very common question on a lot of trainings. You can find a lot of great articles in the Internet regarding this subject but I think that visualisation really helps to understand what […]


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ODBV
30.12.2016

back to the basics: truncate table reuse storage vs drop storage

From time to time I get questions on my trainings, what is the difference between TRUNCATE TABLE and TRUNCATE TABLE DROP STORAGE… well, there is no difference because DROP STORAGE is default 😉 DROP STORAGE Specify DROP STORAGE to deallocate all space from the deleted rows from the table except the space allocated by the […]


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odbv
03.11.2016

Oracle Database Block Visualizer

Recently I wanted to demonstrate to some people on my training, how Oracle database maintains blocks in a datafile – what happens after truncate, truncate with drop storage clause, delete, regular insert, direct path insert and so on… I didn’t find any tool for that so I’ve written my own. It’s core code is based […]


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#ThanksOTN
11.10.2016

OTN Appreciation Day : pragma UDF

Joining the OTN Appreciation Day 🙂 I really like the new pragma UDF feature for PL/SQL – it makes me believe that context switches will be less painful in the future 🙂 I wrote a little bit more about it here: http://blog.ora-600.pl/2015/10/29/oracle-12c-pragma-udf-the-truth/ And Martin Widlake wrote a lot about it here: https://mwidlake.wordpress.com/2015/11/11/pragma-udf-some-current-limitations/


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PL/SQL
19.09.2016

Using DTrace to understand why PL/SQL packages can be faster than stored procedures (kgiPinObject)

I know – everyone knows, that PL/SQL packages are faster than stored procedures. If you’ll ask anyone at the training or in your dev team "what is better" – you’ll (almost) always hear: PL/SQL packages. But why exactly? The documentation says: The first time you invoke a package subprogram, Oracle Database loads the whole package […]


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kksParseCursor
14.09.2016

session cached cursors and the significance of PL/SQL (kksParseCursor)

Years pass by and I think that the more I’m trying to understand the Oracle RDBMS – the less I know. Recently I started to examine the behavior of session cursor cache and I noticed an interesting thing. But let’s start from the beginning like we should 🙂 The documentation says: About the Session Cursor […]


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POUG 2016
01.09.2016

Voucher for POUG conference

Since the promotion tickets for the first international Oracle conference in Poland (poug.org/en) are sold out, I’ve decided to create a little contest allowing you to win a voucher code for -20% of the current ticket price. The task is easy, but you have to use DBA and DEV skills to resolve it. So the […]


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RICO
31.07.2016

how to recover dropped package

Sometimes you drop something by accident – you know, the syndrome called "An Enter Too Far". If you drop a table, the case is easy – you can use recyclebin to restore it. But when you drop a package or procedure… well, you have a problem 🙂 Of course, you could use a flashback query […]


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AWK
27.07.2016

AWK TO THE RESCUE 3 – match ASMLib with multipath

This will be just short article with very simple trick, showing how to match the ASMLib devices with actual multipath devices. I’m sure there is a simpler way… but I just love using AWK 🙂 If you know a simpler or more elegant solution – please post it in the comments section. My solution looks […]


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RAC 12c
14.06.2016

ORACLE RAC 12c: restore OCR and VOTEDISK

Let’s fuckup the cluster! Of course after this operation, the final state of the processes can look like this: The cssd service will not be able to start, because there are no voting disks: OK, so let’s try to stop the cluster services: Now we will have to start CRS in exclusive mode and start […]


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opifch2
27.05.2016

Context switch – PL/SQL cursor loops and fetchsize vs opifch2

Well it has been a month since my last blog post, so I think it’s time to write something 🙂 Those context switches can be a real pain in the ass – there is a great article by Frits Hoogland about context switching from SQL to PL/SQL – you can read it here: https://fritshoogland.wordpress.com/2016/01/23/plsql-context-switch/ You […]


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