ORA-00600: internal error code, arguments: [kghfrempty:ds]

Hi all,
Annoying thing, just because that sounded veeery unsual to me. I would expect a different error.

I have seen this “[kghfrempty:ds]” in past a couple times, and if you did see it too you may have noticed, this is almost as much generic as the ORA-600 itself. It happens because this is usually in the top of KGH errors in general. Some examples:


kghnerror <- kghfrempty <- kghfrempty_ex <- qerhjFreeSpace
<- qerhjFetch <- qersoProcessULS <- qersoFetch <- opifch2 <- kpoal8
<- opiodr <- kpoodrc <- rpiswu2 <- kpoodr <- upirtrc
<- kpurcsc <- kpufch0 <- kpufch <- OCIStmtFetch2 <- qksanExecSql <- qksanAnalyzeSql


kghfrempty <- kghfrempty_partial <- kghgex <- kghfnd <- kghalo <- kghgex <- kghalf <- ktmrProcessCRClone 
<- ktmbRead <- ktmrget_int <- ktmrget <- kdmsTransGet <- kdst_fetch_imc  <- kdsttgr  <- qertbFetch

And as being it can be related either to analyze bugs (as per stack 1), In-Memory Column Store – IMC (as per stack 2), create views, rollback over cluster, trigger creation, use function based indexes, or several other generic situations (there is no pattern, as you can see).

So what do to if you get this message? Well, generically, read all the MOS notes available and try to match you case. IF you match, pray to have a bug for your current version, or open an SR to either have a backport or start a new investigation.

A few examples of things to check:

  • ALERT: Bug 13605839 ORA-600 [ktbsdp1] ORA-600 [kghfrempty:ds] ORA-600 [kdBlkCheckError]. Corruption in Rollback with Clusterwide Global Transactions in RAC (Doc ID 1527740.1)
  • SQL Analyze Fails with ORA-600[kghfrempty:ds] (Doc ID 2247180.1)
    Bug 21556276 – dataguide createviewonpath hit ora 600 [kghfrempty:ds] (Doc ID 21556276.8)
  • Bug 20878625 – ORA-600[kghfrempty:ds] with IMC enabled (Doc ID 20878625.8)
  • Bug 19212166 – ORA-600 [KGHFREMPTY:DS] With Cache Line Alignment Enabled (Doc ID 19212166.8)
  • Bug 6797925 – ORA-600 [kghfrempty:ds] During Creation Of Trigger In XML Schema (Doc ID 6797925.8)
  • 11.1: ORA-600 [17147] AND [kghfrempty:ds] On Select Using Functional Indexes (Doc ID 884882.1)
  • ORA-600 [kghfrempty:ds] And ORA-600 [kghrcdepth:ds] While Gathering Statistics (Doc ID 1480132.1)

BUUT I just noticed some undocumented scenario causing this and it might help you on fixing this as well.
I noticed I was getting this error for different queries but always from same application. So I addressed a complete review on application layer and noticed the JDBC 7 on this application. Happens we had just upgraded from 12.1 to 19c.

SO, after upgrading jdbc, it started to work again properly and no MOS SR was required. So lesson learned: When you receive this kghfrempty:ds], speacially after migration, also check for your application JDBC version.

For compatibility Matrix: Starting With Oracle JDBC Drivers – Installation, Certification, and More! ( Doc ID 401934.1 )

Hope it helps, cheers!

ORA-65532: cannot alter or drop automatically created indexes

Hello all,
Quickly walking through this, as it was new to me (as for everybody, I guess): So what if I’m not happy with Oracle algorithm and I want to drop and AUTO Index on 19c?

Should be easy, like “drop index XXXX;” right? Wrong. See the struggle:

SQL> drop index GREPORA."SYS_AI_9xu652x5fyu5i";
drop index GREPORA."SYS_AI_9xu652x5fyu5i"
ERROR at line 1:
ORA-65532: cannot alter or drop automatically created indexes

OK, so let’s have a look on my auto created indexes. You can see them with flag AUTO as YES on query below:

SQL> select owner, index_name, auto, tablespace_name from dba_indexes natural where auto='YES';
________ _______________________ _______ __________________
GREPORA  SYS_AI_9xu652x5fyu5i    YES     GREPORA
GREPORA  SYS_AI_few32swe423dw    YES     GREPORA
GREPORA  SYS_AI_94osd824n202f    YES     GREPORA

Ok, so I cannot drop, let me alter it and set it as unusable, then, as it would archive my intend anyway:

SQL> alter index ADMIN."SYS_AI_9xu652x5fyu5i" unusable;
alter index ADMIN."SYS_AI_9xu652x5fyu5i" unusable
ERROR at line 1:
ORA-65532: cannot alter or drop automatically created indexes

Hmmm, so it means I cannot alter it as well?
Well, kind of, there is something I can do:

SQL> alter index ADMIN."SYS_AI_9xu652x5fyu5i" rebuild tablespace GREPORA2 online;
Index altered.

Noice, thanks for nothing. What is changed?
Well, you can use a workaround to move it to a new tablespace and then drop the tablespace:

SQL> drop tablespace GREPORA2 including contents;
Tablespace dropped.

And index will be gone:

SQL> select owner,index_name,auto,tablespace_name from dba_indexes natural where auto='YES';
________ _______________________ _______ __________________
GREPORA  SYS_AI_few32swe423dw    YES     GREPORA
GREPORA  SYS_AI_94osd824n202f    YES     GREPORA

OK, so that’s bad, right… What the worse part? If you simply drop it, Oracle will probably recreate it, based on algorithm, right?
Gee, thanks for nothing (again)!

This, though, is easier to change: Simply alter the Audo Indexing to report mode:

exec dbms_auto_index.configure('AUTO_INDEX_MODE','REPORT');

This is interesting right?
Ok, we have more options, we can even exclude specific schemas from AUTO_INDEX, choose a default tablespace, define retentions and a lot of things.

As usual, the best reference I could find: https://oracle-base.com/articles/19c/automatic-indexing-19c

Just one thing you might want to consider and it’s not on Tim Hall’s post. Specially if the index is bad for one specific query, is to avoid using it during that specific query. We can do it with session/system parameter:


Well, hope it helps you. Cheers!

Stop Migrating Databases to 12c!

If you are starting an upgrade plan, do it directly to 19c. Why?

Well, first let’s say that 19c is “equal” to on previous version model, while 18c is, after latest So, thinking reasonably, you would already plan for latest PSU on the future version, right? So this is 19c.

But not only this. It’s well known that Oracle’s Terminal Patchset is the Long Term Release for each version. And for 12.2 family this is 19c.

The image below (From Doc ID 742060.1) should help on clarifying this:


In summary, since August 1st 2019:
– is already on Extended Support (20% more expensive unless you have ULA)
– 12.1 family is already on Extended Support (20% more expensive unless you have ULA)

Which only leave us with 12.2 Family. Now I ask you, why jump to any “PSU” other than the final one?
Also, support on goes only up to Nov 2020 and for 18c ( only to Jun 2021, while 19c goes up to 2026 with ES/ULA!

I’m not even raising the great improvements we have on newer versions (if you are in 11.2, shame on you, you are basically 6 years behind the world technology wise).
Myself , I already migrated several databases on different clients to 19c and it’s running preeeetty fine. So trust on it!

Ok, so to migrate to 19c? (Some tips):
– To migrate directly to 19c you need to be on supported terminal patch set (, or on 12.2 family (, 18c).
– Get in touch and use AutoUpgrade mechanism (you’ll love it!) – AutoUpgrade Tool (Doc ID 2485457.1)
– Check Upgrade Guide: https://docs.oracle.com/en/database/oracle/oracle-database/19/upgrd/index.html
– Have a look on Mike Dietrich blog for news: https://mikedietrichde.com/
– Test it before doing in prod.

Additional Reference:
Release Schedule of Current Database Releases (Doc ID 742060.1)
Very nice and complete post (in portuguese) on this topic from Ricardo Portilho.

I like very much the table below as well:

NewScreenshot 2019-08-13 às 15.11.34

See you!