ORA-02158: invalid CREATE INDEX option while using redef_table on Oracle 12cR1

Hey all,
I’m working on a table redefinition project to migrate the existing tables and indexes to new compressed tablespaces. As the customer asked to have near 0 downtime to its data we decided to go with DBMS_REDEFINITION.

Simple right? Well… I sure hoped so.
I’m preparing a serie of posts about it, but before that I would like to share some hands on issues and that the magic of the new redef_table is not that great yet, at least on 12cR1/
Prior 12c, when would need to redefine a table you would use the DBMS_REDEFINITION and its 6 steps:

0 – Manually create a interim table to receive the data with the same structure as the original table
1 – DBMS_REDEFINITION.can_redef_table
2 – DBMS_REDEFINITION.start_redef_table
3 – DBMS_REDEFINITION.sync_interim_table
4 – DBMS_REDEFINITION.copy_table_dependents
5 – DBMS_REDEFINITION.finish_redef_table

And sometimes you would need to user the DBMS_REDEFINITION.REGISTER_DEPENDENT_OBJECT to help on some issues but if everything was good you would only need to do the steps above.

There are a few issues with the approach by that I mean BUGS 🙂 so you need to watch your back do an a good prep work.

In 12c you have a new procedure called DBMS_REDEFINITION.redef_table that would bundle all the 6 steps into one single procedure call. With its up and down side.
For me, the down side is that we can’t monitor the procedure, once this is no loger anything being recorded on dba_redefinition_errors.
By working as a transaction, everything works or its rolled back (Or it should but I will leave it for another post).

So the only way to know what is being done is to trace the session that is doing the redefinition. And that what I needed to do to see what was going on with a strange situation.

This is what was happening: I 1st tried the DBMS_REDEFINITION.redef_table and it raised ORA-02158: invalid CREATE INDEX option but when I used the 6 steps mentioned above (can_redef_table,start_redef_table,etc) it worked without issues:

That bugged me so I traced the session.

SQL> exec dbms_monitor.session_trace_enable(binds=>true,waits=>true);

tname => 'TEST1',
table_compression_type => 'COMPRESS FOR OLTP', 
table_part_tablespace => 'DATA_COMP', 
index_tablespace => 'DATA_COMP', 
index_key_compression_type   => 'COMPRESS ADVANCED LOW', 
lob_compression_type => 'COMPRESS HIGH', 
lob_tablespace => 'DATA_COMP', 
lob_store_as => 'SECUREFILE');
ERROR at line 1:ORA-02158: invalid CREATE INDEX option
ORA-06512: at "SYS.DBMS_REDEFINITION", line 3385
ORA-06512: at line 2

And this was the create index statement that was in the trace:


Can you see the issue?
Well neither could I, a colleague read the trace again and found a silly bug.

Here it is The create index had this:


Instead of this, it had this:


A silly space was missing and was causing the entire redefinition to fail!

I could not find any reference in MOS but that was it a space prevented to use the redef_table and caused me to lose some hours on it.

Hope this save you some time on your troubleshooting and I will be posting other strange situations that I found using the redef_table on Oracle 12cR1.

See you next post!

Elisson Almeida

GRID upgrade FREEZES – 11g to 12c

Hey guys,
Upgrading is always something critical and a delicate operation but when you have no feedback on in the screen even harder.

I was working on an upgrade and using the GUI to upgrade the GRID from 11g to 12c. The 11gr2 was working without issue and ASM was as well (note this point, we will come back here later on).

When it was time to run the rootupgrade.sh, it just got stuck. No matter what, the GRID upgrade to 12c just FROZE. Checking the logs the last message was only this:

CLSRSC-467: Shutdown of the current Oracle Grid Infrastructure stack has successfully completed.

Looking the other logs (/u01/app/12.1.0/grid/cfgtoollogs/crsconfig) there were messages related to OCR, pointing it cannot get OCR key with CLUUTIL, try using OCRDUMP. I checked ORC with ocrdump and ocrcheck. No issues there as well. Also, as I said before, the cluster was working without any issues.

As I had no error code or any thing that would give me a more specific cause. I went to a broad search on google and MOS. Saw all kind of things until I found the MOS: Wrong DiscoveryString /dev/*: rootupgrade.sh/root.sh hangs: Check OCR key using ocrdump (Doc ID 1916106.1)

I checked any my ASM disk discovery string was set to /dev/* which did not strike me as an issue as I mentioned it was working… BUT when I changed the script in ASM to /dev/asm-* the upgrade worked like a charm.

Also as note there is this note, with some best practices for upgrading: How to Upgrade to/Downgrade from Grid Infrastructure 12.1 and Known Issues (Doc ID 1579762.1).

Hope this helps and save some time in your troubleshooting.

Élisson Almeida

“TNS-12531: TNS:cannot allocate memory error” – Are you sure, Oracle?

Hey guys!
So, I was working on a server build and everything was running fine until I tried to start the listerner. The process hang on “Starting /u01/app/grid/product/12.1.0/grid/bin/tnslsnr: please wait…” and then raised TNS-12531: TNS:cannot allocate memory error.

Well 1st thing, looked the error up using orerr:

TNS-12531: TNS: cannot allocate memory
Cause: Sufficient memory could not be allocated to perform the desired activity.
Action: Either free some resource for TNS, or add more memory to the machine. For further details, turn on tracing and re-execute the operation.

Should be simple right? Well, not in this case. The server had plenty of resources and not even the database was up yet so over 90% of the server memory was free.

Checked all sort of things when I started to check the server network configuration.
Looking up found that the server will through this error also when the hostname definition is different from what is resolved by the /etc/hosts file.

Once those matched, volià, listener started successfully.

Not the memory right? Oracle and its tricks…

That kept me bugging so I found this article, which shows a trace of the listener with a bit more information.

Hope this can save you some minutes on troubleshooting.

Until next time!