11g Named and Mixed Notation in PL/SQL Subprogram Invocations

Hi All!
I was reviewing some features in Oracle and, basically, every single time I review them I find something new. Seems Oracle Databases’ features are near to infinite and we frequently find some that can really add value to our solutions.

So I decided to make a serie of posts with really quick notes about each one of them.
You can see all posts in this serie in my page of posts and some others more.

Ready? Here it goes:

Named and Mixed Notation in PL/SQL Subprogram Invocations

Prior to 11g, PL/SQL invoked from SQL had to have its parameters passed using positional notation, making it difficult to determine the meaning of parameters. Oracle 11g allows positional, named and mixed notation to be used when calling PL/SQL from SQL. Check example below:

SQL> -- Positional Notation.
SQL> SELECT add_func(10, 20) FROM dual;


SQL> -- Mixed Notation.
SQL> SELECT add_func(10, p_value_2 => 20) FROM dual;


SQL> -- Named Notation.
SQL> SELECT add_func(p_value_1 => 10, p_value_2 => 20) FROM dual;



ERROR OGG-05290 The Oracle GoldenGate CDC cleanup job is not enabled for database Msql_DB


When you try to start the Goldengate Extraction Process in MSQL server, and you receive the following error.

” ERROR OGG-05290 The Oracle GoldenGate CDC cleanup job is not enabled for database Msql_DB Create the Oracle GoldenGate CDC cleanup job prior to starting the capture process. “

   To create cleanUP job for Goldengate SQL Server, use the .bat script in the GOLDENGATE home directory.

Comand Sintax

ogg_cdc_cleanup_setup.bat createJob [goldengate user] [goldengate password] [database name] [database host] [instance]


ogg_cdc_cleanup_setup.bat createJob GGATE welcome1 Msql_DB msql-db01.net dbo


In some cases, it may return an error, stating that the process already exists.

” Msg 50000, Level 16, State 1, Server msql-db01, Line 34 The specified @name (‘OracleGGCleanup_Msql_DB_Job’) already exists. “

In this case, you may drop and recreate the Job. just change “createJob” for “dropJob”

The following is the success message of job creation

” INFO OGG-05281 Current OGG cleanup Job Settings – Job Name: OracleGGCleanup_Msql_DB_Job, JobSchedRec: , JobSchedFreq: , DatabaseName: Msql_DB, Tranlogoption managecdccleanup: 1, threshold: 500, retention: 4.320. “

Hope this helps!

Recover Standby Using an Incremental Backup

Hey all,
I know is there is a lot of posts about it in the internet, but I’m doing mine about it. The main reason is that the other has lots of steps and outputs and I miss simplicity. Hope you enjoy this one as well.

But why?
Sometimes if the standby database fails for any reason – for example when doing NOLOGGING actions in the primary database – then it can be necessary to recover the datafiles from the incremental backup as the archive logs will not contain the right information.

The recovery of the standby is relatively simple.

1. Take a cumulative incremental backup on the primary


Either take a level 1 backup

backup as compressed backupset incremental level 1 cumulative database filesperset 15;

Or get the scn to recover from on the standby using the following SQL

select min(f.fhscn) from x$kcvfh f, v$datafile d where f.hxfil =d.file# and d.enabled != 'READ ONLY';

2. Run the backup using the SCN

backup as compressed backupset incremental from scn &scn;

3. Create a copy of controlfile for Standby

alter database create standby controlfile as '/tmp/newctfl.ctl';

4. Copy incremental backup files and controlfile to standby

5. Restore copied Controlfile


SQL> shutdown abort; 
SQL> startup nomount; 
RMAN> restore controlfile from '/tmp/newctfl.ctl'; 
SQL> alter database mount;

6. Catalog the backup files in the standby controlfile


catalog start with '/tmp/rmanbackup/';

7. Recover the database with no redo


recover database noredo;

8. Start the managed recovery


alter database recover managed standby database using current logfile disconnect from session;

This is also an easy alternative to the lot more complex described in MOS Rolling a Standby Forward using an RMAN Incremental Backup To Fix The Nologging Changes (Doc ID 958181.1).

Hope you enjoy!

KSar: Generating Graphs from SAR Reports

We all know the SAR (System Activity Report), however sometimes it’s dificult to visualize a large amount of data or even extract some long term meaningful information.
How wonderful would be to have a graphical visualization from this data? Well, it’s pretty simple using KSAR.

KSAR is a BSD licensed Java based application to create graph of all parameters from the data collected by Unix sar utilities and can be exported to PDF, JPG, PNG, CSV, TXT and others.
The project Codes are here. The latest Version is KSar2-0.0.4.

See below an I/O Graph from month of Dec, generated from a database server, as an example:


To use it, first thing is to have SAR data. To get it we have basically 3 options:
A. Collect from current server.
B. Extract from other server using direct SSH connection.
C. Use a Generated SAR File
D. Run Java tool from Client Server.

Personally, I prefer to use option C, in order to avoid putting any code in client servers and also work in less intrusive mode as possible.
I also don’t use option B because we don’t usually have direct connection to client server, but sometimes with jumpboxes or similar.
There is a third reason: When Chosing option A or B, it’s automatically connected only daily data, but when using C, you can put all data you need. It need only to be available on server.

For reference regarding Option D, please check this link.

By the way, some other useful information about SAR:
1. SAR Collection Jobs can be checked on /etc/cron.d/sysstat
2. SAR Retention can be checked/adjusted on /etc/sysconfig/sysstat

Ok, now how to generate the SAR Files?
Using command: sar -A


[root@grepora-srvr ~]# cd /var/log/sa/
[root@grepora-srvr sa]# ls -lrt |tail -10
total 207080
-rw-r--r-- 1 root root 3337236 Dec 24 23:50 sa24
-rw-r--r-- 1 root root 3756100 Dec 24 23:53 sar24
-rw-r--r-- 1 root root 3337236 Dec 25 23:50 sa25
-rw-r--r-- 1 root root 3756113 Dec 25 23:53 sar25
-rw-r--r-- 1 root root 3337236 Dec 26 23:50 sa26
-rw-r--r-- 1 root root 3756104 Dec 26 23:53 sar26
-rw-r--r-- 1 root root 3337236 Dec 27 23:50 sa27
-rw-r--r-- 1 root root 3756096 Dec 27 23:53 sar27
-rw-r--r-- 1 root root 3337236 Dec 28 23:50 sa28
-rw-r--r-- 1 root root 3756100 Dec 28 23:53 sar28
-rw-r--r-- 1 root root 2317668 Dec 29 16:30 sa29
[root@grepora-srvr sa]# sar -A -f sa29 > sa29.txt
[root@grepora-srvr sa]# cat sa29.txt |head -10
Linux 3.8.13-118.4.2.el6uek.x86_64 (grepora-srvr) 12/29/2017 _x86_64_ (40 CPU)
12:00:01 AM CPU %usr %nice %sys %iowait %steal %irq %soft %guest %idle
12:10:01 AM all 97.74 0.00 1.71 0.01 0.00 0.00 0.52 0.00 0.02
12:10:01 AM 0 96.46 0.00 2.59 0.02 0.00 0.00 0.92 0.00 0.01
12:10:01 AM 1 98.55 0.00 1.24 0.01 0.00 0.00 0.20 0.00 0.00
12:10:01 AM 2 97.83 0.00 2.04 0.01 0.00 0.00 0.11 0.00 0.02
12:10:01 AM 3 98.44 0.00 1.41 0.01 0.00 0.00 0.14 0.00 0.01
12:10:01 AM 4 98.28 0.00 1.65 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.06 0.00 0.01
12:10:01 AM 5 98.27 0.00 1.70 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.02 0.00 0.00
[root@grepora-srvr sa]#

With this file you can copy it from client server your server and import using KSAR Interface. It’s pretty intuitive and easy to use.

But how to generate all available days or a set of specific days in past?
Here is a script I use for this:

### All Days of SAR
DT=$(ls /var/log/sa/sa[0-9][0-9] | tr '\n' ' ' | sed 's/\/var\/log\/sa\/sa/ /g')
## Explicit Days
#DT="07 08 09"
# Today
#DT=`date +"%d"`
for i in $DT; do
LC_ALL=C sar -A -f /var/log/sa/sa$i >> /tmp/sar-$(hostname)-multiple.txt
ls -l /tmp/sar-$(hostname)-multiple.txt

After this you can copy the generated file to you PC and generate the same report.

Hope you enjoy it!


Oracle ACE Program

Hello all!
I’m glad share I got nominated as Oracle ACE Associate!
Here is the Link for my profile in the ACE Directory.

But what is an Oracle ACE?

The Oracle ACE Program is designed to recognize and reward members of the Oracle Technology and Applications communities for their contributions. These individuals are technically proficient and willingly share their knowledge and experiences through presentations, blog posts, articles, social media posts, community forum support and more.

This way, we have 3 levels of (active) Oracle ACEs:
ACE Associate: The entry level, where I am right now.
ACE: Proficient Community Advocate.
ACE Director: Expert Community Advocate.

I got nominated in 3 Expertises: Database Management & Performance, Cloud, MySQL.

As additional info: Seems I’m the youngest ACE in Brazil and I’m also the only Brazilian ACE with Cloud Expertise.

So, for now on, you’ll see the following logo as a badge in our right menu:

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Thank you for all your support and for keeping me motivated to share and learn together all this time!



DFS Lock Handle During RMAN Backup on Standby Database

Hi all!
Some time ago I faced some session on wait event DFS Lock Handle during a RMAN Backup on Standby Database. Btw, running backup on a Standby is a very interesting approach to avoid running backups on primary, so all nodes can be fully dedicated to application ends.

Turn that in my situation I noticed there was a lock with my apply process. The fix? Quite simple: Cancel apply process, run backup, and restart apply again. In my case, using DG Broker:

connect / 
show configuration
show database 
edit database  set state = 'apply-off';

— Run Backup

edit database set state = 'apply-on';


Hope it helps!

Formatting DBMS_GET_DDL Output on SQLPlus

Hey all!
Issues when formatting output for DBMS_GET_DDL on SQLPlus? Me too!

Check below the best way to format it. Add to your scripts!

set long 20000 longchunksize 20000 pagesize 0 linesize 1000 feedback off verify off trimspool on
column ddl format a1000

   dbms_metadata.set_transform_param (dbms_metadata.session_transform, 'SQLTERMINATOR', true);
   dbms_metadata.set_transform_param (dbms_metadata.session_transform, 'PRETTY', true);
-- Now you command:
select dbms_get_ddl.xxx(..) as ddl from dual;

Hope you enjoy!