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';
OWNER              INDEX_NAME    AUTO    TABLESPACE_NAME
________ _______________________ _______ __________________
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';
OWNER              INDEX_NAME    AUTO    TABLESPACE_NAME
________ _______________________ _______ __________________
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:

“_optimizer_use_auto_indexes”=OFF

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 12.2.0.3 on previous version model, while 18c is 12.2.0.2, after latest 12.2.0.1. 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:

versions

In summary, since August 1st 2019:
– 11.2.0.4 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 12.2.0.1 goes only up to Nov 2020 and for 18c (12.2.0.2) 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 (11.2.0.4, 12.1.0.2) or on 12.2 family (12.2.0.1, 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!

Quick ways to transfer files to Oracle Support – MOS directly from the Database Server

Hi all,

This will be a quick one but helped me a lot last week.

I was working on an Ora-0600 issue on a 2 node RAC cluster. Working with Oracle Support I was asked to transfer a TFA data as well ADRCI data so they could move forward with the SR, very common process right?

After I generated all the files, it was over 3gb of data to be sent over. If I was to get the file from the database server to my laptop I would need to transfer these files multiple times due to the jump servers in the middle.

This time I was luck as the database server was able to ping the site https://transport.oracle.com so I tried sending the files directly to MOS.

I will show you how I did it. This is not a mistery but can really save you time

You have 2 options which are straight forward

Using curl

curl -T FILE_YOU_WANT_TO_SEND -u MOS_USER https://transport.oracle.com/upload/issue/SR_NUMBER/

Using tfacfl

tfactl upload -sr SR_NUMBER -user MOS_USER FILE_YOU_WANT_TO_SEND

On both you need to provide your MOS credentials the SR number and the file you want o upload

After the upload is done, you will see in the attachments in the SR that the files is with the status like “Transferring to the SR” after a few minutes later you will see the update on the SR saying that the file was uploaded to the SR.

Hope this helps!

Elisson Almeida

Invalid system views after upgrading from 12c to 18c – X_$KGLOB and X_$KGLCURSOR

I was working on a client upgrade from 12c to 18c. The upgrade was done manually. After the dbupgrade 2 system views got invalid, X_$KGLCURSOR and X_$KGLOB

OWNER OBJECT_NAME OBJECT_TYPE STATUS
------------ -------------------------------------------------- ---------------------------------------- -------
SYS X_$KGLOB VIEW INVALID
SYS X_$KGLCURSOR VIEW INVALID

Man system objects invalid after an upgrade is never good.

Troubleshooting, I got the view text and tried to execute its sql

SQL> select TEXT from dba_Views where view_name = 'X_$KGLOB';

TEXT
------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
SELECT "ADDR","INDX","INST_ID","CON_ID","KGLHDADR","KGLHDPAR","KGLHDCLT","KGLNAOWN","KGLNAOBJ","KGLFNOBJ","KGLNADLK","KGLNAHSH","KGLNAHSV","KGLNATIM",
"KGLNAPTM","KGLHDNSP","KGLHDNSD","KGLHDLMD","KGLHDPMD","KGLHDFLG","KGLHDOBJ","KGLHDLDC","KGLHDIVC","KGLHDEXC","KGLHDLKC","KGLHDKMK","KGLHDDMK","KGLHDA
MK","KGLOBFLG","KGLOBSTA","KGLOBTYP","KGLOBTYD","KGLOBHMK","KGLOBHS0","KGLOBHS1","KGLOBHS2","KGLOBHS3","KGLOBHS4","KGLOBHS5","KGLOBHS6","KGLOBHS7","KG
LOBHD0","KGLOBHD1","KGLOBHD2","KGLOBHD3","KGLOBHD4","KGLOBHD5","KGLOBHD6","KGLOBHD7","KGLOBPC0","KGLOBPC6","KGLOBTP0","KGLOBT00","KGLOBT01","KGLOBT02"
,"KGLOBT03","KGLOBT04","KGLOBT05","KGLOBT35","KGLOBT06","KGLOBT07","KGLOBT08","KGLOBT09","KGLOBT10","KGLOBT11","KGLOBT12","KGLOBT13","KGLOBT14","KGLOB
T15","KGLOBT16","KGLOBT17","KGLOBT18","KGLOBT19","KGLOBT20","KGLOBT21","KGLOBT22","KGLOBT23","KGLOBT24","KGLOBT25","KGLOBT26","KGLOBT28","KGLOBT29","K
GLOBT30","KGLOBT31","KGLOBT27","KGLOBT32","KGLOBT33","KGLOBWAP","KGLOBWCC","KGLOBWCL","KGLOBWUI","KGLOBWDW","KGLOBT42","KGLOBT43","KGLOBT44","KGLOBT45
","KGLOBT46","KGLOBT47","KGLOBT49","KGLOBT50","KGLOBT52","KGLOBT53","KGLOBTL0","KGLOBTL1","KGLOBTS0","KGLOBTS1","KGLOBTN0","KGLOBTN1","KGLOBTN2","KGLO
BTN3","KGLOBTN4","KGLOBTN5","KGLOBTS2","KGLOBTS3","KGLOBTS5","KGLOBTT0","KGLOBCCE","KGLOBCCEH","KGLOBCLA","KGLOBCLC","KGLOBCCC","KGLOBTS4","KGLOBCBCA"
,"KGLOBT48","KGLOBDSO","KGLOBDEX","KGLOBDPX","KGLOBDLD","KGLOBDIV","KGLOBDPS","KGLOBDDR","KGLOBDDW","KGLOBDBF","KGLOBDRO","KGLOBDCP","KGLOBDEL","KGLOB
DFT","KGLOBDEF","KGLOBDUI","KGLOBDCL","KGLOBDAP","KGLOBDCC","KGLOBDPL","KGLOBDJV","KGLOBACS","KGLOBTS6","KGLOBTS7","KGLOBT54","KGLOBT55","KGLOBT56","K
GLOBT57","KGLOBDCO","KGLOBDCI","KGLOBDRR","KGLOBDRB","KGLOBDWR","KGLOBDWB","KGLOBT58","KGLOBDOR","KGLHDMTX","KGLHDMVL","KGLHDMSP","KGLHDMGT","KGLHDDMT
X","KGLHDDVL","KGLHDDSP","KGLHDDGT","KGLHDBID","KGLHDBMTX","KGLHDBVL","KGLHDBSP","KGLHDBGT","KGLOBT59","KGLOBDCU","KGLOBPROP","KGLNACON","KGLNAO1N","K
GLHDMAR","KGLMPFLG","KGLOBAQP","KGLOBT60","KGLOBT61","KGLIMSCANS","KGLIMBYTESUNCOMP","KGLIMBYTESINMEM" FROM X$KGLOB


1 row selected.
SQL> SELECT "ADDR","INDX","INST_ID","CON_ID","KGLHDADR","KGLHDPAR","KGLHDCLT","KGLNAOWN","KGLNAOBJ","KGLFNOBJ","KGLNADLK","KGLNAHSH","KGLNAHSV","KGLNATIM","KGLNAPTM","KGLHDNSP","KGLHDNSD","KGLHDLMD","KGLHDPMD","KGLHDFLG","KGLHDOBJ","KGLHDLDC","KGLHDIVC","KGLHDEXC","KGLHDLKC","KGLHDKMK","KGLHDDMK","KGLHDAMK","KGLOBFLG","KGLOBSTA","KGLOBTYP","KGLOBTYD","KGLOBHMK","KGLOBHS0","KGLOBHS1","KGLOBHS2","KGLOBHS3","KGLOBHS4","KGLOBHS5","KGLOBHS6","KGLOBHS7","KGLOBHD0","KGLOBHD1","KGLOBHD2","KGLOBHD3","KGLOBHD4","KGLOBHD5","KGLOBHD6","KGLOBHD7","KGLOBPC0","KGLOBPC6","KGLOBTP0","KGLOBT00","KGLOBT01","KGLOBT02","KGLOBT03","KGLOBT04","KGLOBT05","KGLOBT35","KGLOBT06","KGLOBT07","KGLOBT08","KGLOBT09","KGLOBT10","KGLOBT11","KGLOBT12","KGLOBT13","KGLOBT14","KGLOBT15","KGLOBT16","KGLOBT17","KGLOBT18","KGLOBT19","KGLOBT20","KGLOBT21","KGLOBT22","KGLOBT23","KGLOBT24","KGLOBT25","KGLOBT26","KGLOBT28","KGLOBT29","KGLOBT30","KGLOBT31","KGLOBT27","KGLOBT32","KGLOBT33","KGLOBWAP","KGLOBWCC","KGLOBWCL","KGLOBWUI","KGLOBWDW","KGLOBT42","KGLOBT43","KGLOBT44","KGLOBT45","KGLOBT46","KGLOBT47","KGLOBT49","KGLOBT50","KGLOBT52","KGLOBT53","KGLOBTL0","KGLOBTL1","KGLOBTS0","KGLOBTS1","KGLOBTN0","KGLOBTN1","KGLOBTN2","KGLOBTN3","KGLOBTN4","KGLOBTN5","KGLOBTS2","KGLOBTS3","KGLOBTS5","KGLOBTT0","KGLOBCCE","KGLOBCCEH","KGLOBCLA","KGLOBCLC","KGLOBCCC","KGLOBTS4","KGLOBCBCA","KGLOBT48","KGLOBDSO","KGLOBDEX","KGLOBDPX","KGLOBDLD","KGLOBDIV","KGLOBDPS","KGLOBDDR","KGLOBDDW","KGLOBDBF","KGLOBDRO","KGLOBDCP","KGLOBDEL","KGLOBDFT","KGLOBDEF","KGLOBDUI","KGLOBDCL","KGLOBDAP","KGLOBDCC","KGLOBDPL","KGLOBDJV","KGLOBACS","KGLOBTS6","KGLOBTS7","KGLOBT54","KGLOBT55","KGLOBT56","KGLOBT57","KGLOBDCO","KGLOBDCI","KGLOBDRR","KGLOBDRB","KGLOBDWR","KGLOBDWB","KGLOBT58","KGLOBDOR","KGLHDMTX","KGLHDMVL","KGLHDMSP","KGLHDMGT","KGLHDDMTX","KGLHDDVL","KGLHDDSP","KGLHDDGT","KGLHDBID","KGLHDBMTX","KGLHDBVL","KGLHDBSP","KGLHDBGT","KGLOBT59","KGLOBDCU","KGLOBPROP","KGLNACON","KGLNAO1N","KGLHDMAR","KGLMPFLG","KGLOBAQP","KGLOBT60","KGLOBT61","KGLIMSCANS","KGLIMBYTESUNCOMP","KGLIMBYTESINMEM" FROM X$KGLOB;
SELECT "ADDR","INDX","INST_ID","CON_ID","KGLHDADR","KGLHDPAR","KGLHDCLT","KGLNAOWN","KGLNAOBJ","KGLFNOBJ","KGLNADLK","KGLNAHSH","KGLNAHSV","KGLNATIM","KGLNAPTM","KGLHDNSP","KGLHDNSD","KGLHDLMD","KGLHDPMD","KGLHDFLG","KGLHDOBJ","KGLHDLDC","KGLHDIVC","KGLHDEXC","KGLHDLKC","KGLHDKMK","KGLHDDMK","KGLHDAMK","KGLOBFLG","KGLOBSTA","KGLOBTYP","KGLOBTYD","KGLOBHMK","KGLOBHS0","KGLOBHS1","KGLOBHS2","KGLOBHS3","KGLOBHS4","KGLOBHS5","KGLOBHS6","KGLOBHS7","KGLOBHD0","KGLOBHD1","KGLOBHD2","KGLOBHD3","KGLOBHD4","KGLOBHD5","KGLOBHD6","KGLOBHD7","KGLOBPC0","KGLOBPC6","KGLOBTP0","KGLOBT00","KGLOBT01","KGLOBT02","KGLOBT03","KGLOBT04","KGLOBT05","KGLOBT35","KGLOBT06","KGLOBT07","KGLOBT08","KGLOBT09","KGLOBT10","KGLOBT11","KGLOBT12","KGLOBT13","KGLOBT14","KGLOBT15","KGLOBT16","KGLOBT17","KGLOBT18","KGLOBT19","KGLOBT20","KGLOBT21","KGLOBT22","KGLOBT23","KGLOBT24","KGLOBT25","KGLOBT26","KGLOBT28","KGLOBT29","KGLOBT30","KGLOBT31","KGLOBT27","KGLOBT32","KGLOBT33","KGLOBWAP","KGLOBWCC","KGLOBWCL","KGLOBWUI","KGLOBWDW","KGLOBT42","KGLOBT43","KGLOBT44","KGLOBT45","KGLOBT46","KGLOBT47","KGLOBT49","KGLOBT50","KGLOBT52","KGLOBT53","KGLOBTL0","KGLOBTL1","KGLOBTS0","KGLOBTS1","KGLOBTN0","KGLOBTN1","KGLOBTN2","KGLOBTN3","KGLOBTN4","KGLOBTN5","KGLOBTS2","KGLOBTS3","KGLOBTS5","KGLOBTT0","KGLOBCCE","KGLOBCCEH","KGLOBCLA","KGLOBCLC","KGLOBCCC","KGLOBTS4","KGLOBCBCA","KGLOBT48","KGLOBDSO","KGLOBDEX","KGLOBDPX","KGLOBDLD","KGLOBDIV","KGLOBDPS","KGLOBDDR","KGLOBDDW","KGLOBDBF","KGLOBDRO","KGLOBDCP","KGLOBDEL","KGLOBDFT","KGLOBDEF","KGLOBDUI","KGLOBDCL","KGLOBDAP","KGLOBDCC","KGLOBDPL","KGLOBDJV","KGLOBACS","KGLOBTS6","KGLOBTS7","KGLOBT54","KGLOBT55","KGLOBT56","KGLOBT57","KGLOBDCO","KGLOBDCI","KGLOBDRR","KGLOBDRB","KGLOBDWR","KGLOBDWB","KGLOBT58","KGLOBDOR","KGLHDMTX","KGLHDMVL","KGLHDMSP","KGLHDMGT","KGLHDDMTX","KGLHDDVL","KGLHDDSP","KGLHDDGT","KGLHDBID","KGLHDBMTX","KGLHDBVL","KGLHDBSP","KGLHDBGT","KGLOBT59","KGLOBDCU","KGLOBPROP","KGLNACON","KGLNAO1N","KGLHDMAR","KGLMPFLG","KGLOBAQP","KGLOBT60","KGLOBT61","KGLIMSCANS","KGLIMBYTESUNCOMP","KGLIMBYTESINMEM" FROM X$KGLOB
*
ERROR at line 1:
ORA-00904: "KGLOBT24": invalid identifier
SQL> select TEXT from dba_Views where view_name = 'X_$KGLCURSOR'

TEXT
------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
SELECT "ADDR","INDX","INST_ID","CON_ID","KGLHDADR","KGLHDPAR","KGLHDCLT","KGLNAOWN","KGLNAOBJ","KGLFNOBJ","KGLNADLK","KGLNAHSH","KGLNAHSV","KGLNATIM",
"KGLNAPTM","KGLHDNSP","KGLHDNSD","KGLHDLMD","KGLHDPMD","KGLHDFLG","KGLHDOBJ","KGLHDLDC","KGLHDIVC","KGLHDEXC","KGLHDLKC","KGLHDKMK","KGLHDDMK","KGLHDA
MK","KGLOBFLG","KGLOBSTA","KGLOBTYP","KGLOBTYD","KGLOBHMK","KGLOBHS0","KGLOBHS1","KGLOBHS2","KGLOBHS3","KGLOBHS4","KGLOBHS5","KGLOBHS6","KGLOBHS7","KG
LOBHD0","KGLOBHD1","KGLOBHD2","KGLOBHD3","KGLOBHD4","KGLOBHD5","KGLOBHD6","KGLOBHD7","KGLOBPC0","KGLOBPC6","KGLOBTP0","KGLOBT00","KGLOBT01","KGLOBT02"
,"KGLOBT03","KGLOBT04","KGLOBT05","KGLOBT35","KGLOBT06","KGLOBT07","KGLOBT08","KGLOBT09","KGLOBT10","KGLOBT11","KGLOBT12","KGLOBT13","KGLOBT14","KGLOB
T15","KGLOBT16","KGLOBT17","KGLOBT18","KGLOBT19","KGLOBT20","KGLOBT21","KGLOBT22","KGLOBT23","KGLOBT24","KGLOBT25","KGLOBT26","KGLOBT28","KGLOBT29","K
GLOBT30","KGLOBT31","KGLOBT27","KGLOBT32","KGLOBT33","KGLOBWAP","KGLOBWCC","KGLOBWCL","KGLOBWUI","KGLOBWDW","KGLOBT42","KGLOBT43","KGLOBT44","KGLOBT45
","KGLOBT46","KGLOBT47","KGLOBT49","KGLOBT50","KGLOBT52","KGLOBT53","KGLOBTL0","KGLOBTL1","KGLOBTS0","KGLOBTS1","KGLOBTN0","KGLOBTN1","KGLOBTN2","KGLO
BTN3","KGLOBTN4","KGLOBTN5","KGLOBTS2","KGLOBTS3","KGLOBTS5","KGLOBTT0","KGLOBCCE","KGLOBCCEH","KGLOBCLA","KGLOBCLC","KGLOBCCC","KGLOBTS4","KGLOBCBCA"
,"KGLOBT48","KGLOBDSO","KGLOBDEX","KGLOBDPX","KGLOBDLD","KGLOBDIV","KGLOBDPS","KGLOBDDR","KGLOBDDW","KGLOBDBF","KGLOBDRO","KGLOBDCP","KGLOBDEL","KGLOB
DFT","KGLOBDEF","KGLOBDUI","KGLOBDCL","KGLOBDAP","KGLOBDCC","KGLOBDPL","KGLOBDJV","KGLOBACS","KGLOBTS6","KGLOBTS7","KGLOBT54","KGLOBT55","KGLOBT56","K
GLOBT57","KGLOBDCO","KGLOBDCI","KGLOBDRR","KGLOBDRB","KGLOBDWR","KGLOBDWB","KGLOBT58","KGLOBDOR","KGLHDMTX","KGLHDMVL","KGLHDMSP","KGLHDMGT","KGLHDDMT
X","KGLHDDVL","KGLHDDSP","KGLHDDGT","KGLHDBID","KGLHDBMTX","KGLHDBVL","KGLHDBSP","KGLHDBGT","KGLOBT59","KGLOBDCU","KGLOBPROP","KGLNACON","KGLNAO1N","K
GLHDMAR","KGLMPFLG","KGLOBAQP","KGLOBT60","KGLOBT61","KGLIMSCANS","KGLIMBYTESUNCOMP","KGLIMBYTESINMEM" FROM X$KGLCURSOR


1 row selected.
SQL> SELECT "ADDR","INDX","INST_ID","CON_ID","KGLHDADR","KGLHDPAR","KGLHDCLT","KGLNAOWN","KGLNAOBJ","KGLFNOBJ","KGLNADLK","KGLNAHSH","KGLNAHSV","KGLNATIM",
"KGLNAPTM","KGLHDNSP","KGLHDNSD","KGLHDLMD","KGLHDPMD","KGLHDFLG","KGLHDOBJ","KGLHDLDC","KGLHDIVC","KGLHDEXC","KGLHDLKC","KGLHDKMK","KGLHDDMK","KGLHDA
MK","KGLOBFLG","KGLOBSTA","KGLOBTYP","KGLOBTYD","KGLOBHMK","KGLOBHS0","KGLOBHS1","KGLOBHS2","KGLOBHS3","KGLOBHS4","KGLOBHS5","KGLOBHS6","KGLOBHS7","KG
LOBHD0","KGLOBHD1","KGLOBHD2","KGLOBHD3","KGLOBHD4","KGLOBHD5","KGLOBHD6","KGLOBHD7","KGLOBPC0","KGLOBPC6","KGLOBTP0","KGLOBT00","KGLOBT01","KGLOBT02"
,"KGLOBT03","KGLOBT04","KGLOBT05","KGLOBT35","KGLOBT06","KGLOBT07","KGLOBT08","KGLOBT09","KGLOBT10","KGLOBT11","KGLOBT12","KGLOBT13","KGLOBT14","KGLOB
T15","KGLOBT16","KGLOBT17","KGLOBT18","KGLOBT19","KGLOBT20","KGLOBT21","KGLOBT22","KGLOBT23","KGLOBT24","KGLOBT25","KGLOBT26","KGLOBT28","KGLOBT29","K
GLOBT30","KGLOBT31","KGLOBT27","KGLOBT32","KGLOBT33","KGLOBWAP","KGLOBWCC","KGLOBWCL","KGLOBWUI","KGLOBWDW","KGLOBT42","KGLOBT43","KGLOBT44","KGLOBT45
","KGLOBT46","KGLOBT47","KGLOBT49","KGLOBT50","KGLOBT52","KGLOBT53","KGLOBTL0","KGLOBTL1","KGLOBTS0","KGLOBTS1","KGLOBTN0","KGLOBTN1","KGLOBTN2","KGLO
BTN3","KGLOBTN4","KGLOBTN5","KGLOBTS2","KGLOBTS3","KGLOBTS5","KGLOBTT0","KGLOBCCE","KGLOBCCEH","KGLOBCLA","KGLOBCLC","KGLOBCCC","KGLOBTS4","KGLOBCBCA"
,"KGLOBT48","KGLOBDSO","KGLOBDEX","KGLOBDPX","KGLOBDLD","KGLOBDIV","KGLOBDPS","KGLOBDDR","KGLOBDDW","KGLOBDBF","KGLOBDRO","KGLOBDCP","KGLOBDEL","KGLOB
DFT","KGLOBDEF","KGLOBDUI","KGLOBDCL","KGLOBDAP","KGLOBDCC","KGLOBDPL","KGLOBDJV","KGLOBACS","KGLOBTS6","KGLOBTS7","KGLOBT54","KGLOBT55","KGLOBT56","K
GLOBT57","KGLOBDCO","KGLOBDCI","KGLOBDRR","KGLOBDRB","KGLOBDWR","KGLOBDWB","KGLOBT58","KGLOBDOR","KGLHDMTX","KGLHDMVL","KGLHDMSP","KGLHDMGT","KGLHDDMT
X","KGLHDDVL","KGLHDDSP","KGLHDDGT","KGLHDBID","KGLHDBMTX","KGLHDBVL","KGLHDBSP","KGLHDBGT","KGLOBT59","KGLOBDCU","KGLOBPROP","KGLNACON","KGLNAO1N","K
GLHDMAR","KGLMPFLG","KGLOBAQP","KGLOBT60","KGLOBT61","KGLIMSCANS","KGLIMBYTESUNCOMP","KGLIMBYTESINMEM" FROM X$KGLCURSOR
2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 
SQL> /
X","KGLHDDVL","KGLHDDSP","KGLHDDGT","KGLHDBID","KGLHDBMTX","KGLHDBVL","KGLHDBSP","KGLHDBGT","KGLOBT59","KGLOBDCU","KGLOBPROP","KGLNACON","KGLNAO1N","K
*
ERROR at line 13:
ORA-00904: "KGLHDMAR": invalid identifier

Describing the source tables used by the views, the columns that generated the error do not exist there. What?!

Looking up MOS – found this note, Invalid x_$ Objects After Upgrade (Doc ID 361757.1)

Although this note does not mention these views explicitly there is a part of that says that

"This is NOT a dictionary corruption, but the result of an unsupported operation.

.....

These x_$ views do not compile because they are based on x$ tables which have changed (columns dropped) and/or do not exist (X$ table dropped).

New (default) 10g & 11g databases do not have views with the prefix x_$.

Please note that this solution can be applied to any and all x_$ views found invalid after upgrade/migration.
These tables are built on x$ tables in the previous release and the same rules still apply."

So these are save to ignore or drop them.

Hope this helps.

Elisson Almeida

Waiting for ASM to startup after upgrading to Oracle 18c

Hi,
Something strange happened to me and I would like to share with you. I was upgrading one of my Virtual Machine which was an Oracle Restart – SIHA,  running 11.2.0.4 to 18c on Oracle Linux 6.9.

The upgrade went fine using the GUI no issues nor strange log messages, but the issue happened when I rebooted the VM. For some reason (which I don’t knew) the startup was hanging when trying to start HAS and then it outputted the error below:

PRCR-1070 :Failed to check if resource ora.asm is registered
CRS-0184 : Cannot communicate with the CRS daemon
Waiting for ASM to startup

Looking up on MOS I found this note – Oracle Linux 6 server hangs on boot with error: Waiting for ASM to startup (Doc ID 2495023.1)

The startup was hanging waiting on acfssihamount but as ASM was not up yet and it could not start.

To fix it you need to boot OS in rescue mode and execute

chroot /mnt/sysimage

Once you do that you will be able to change the startup configuration settings using chkconfig and disable acfssihamount

chkconfig --list acfssihamount
chkconfig acfssihamount off
chkconfig --list acfssihamount

After this exit out the rescue mode and the system should boot normally.

Hope it helps!

Elisson Almeida

Value FROM v$option where parameter = ‘Unified Auditing’

Hi all,
So, just a quick post to clarify once it cost me a few mins to explain this to a client and, indeed, Oracle could have made it easier.

So, facing the info below, doesn’t mean that you don’t have Unified Auditing enabled:

SELECT value FROM v$option WHERE parameter = 'Unified Auditing';
VALUE
-----------------
FALSE

It does mean you just don’t have PURE Unified auditing, but a MIXED configuration, where old fashioned Auditing is also accepted.

See, this way, the MIXED Auditing is by default it is enabled in 12c. The idea is that you use apart from traditional auditing all the features of unified auditing. Once we are comfortable with the unified concept, we can migrate exiting audit setup to unified policy , we can enable pure auditing. This serves as a good mediator for an easy and hassle free switch to the preferred Unified auditing.

HOWEVER, let’s agree that Oracle could have made the value column a little bit m ore meaningful, if this was the case. The actual values actually mean:

FALSE – > MIXED AUDTING
TRUE –> PURE AUDITING

OK, but what if I want to enable ONLY the PURE Auditing, disabling the ‘Classic’ Auditing and changing this value on v$option to TRUE? Well, then you need to relink library for your instance. Note, for RAC linking need to be done all the nodes.

Steps to Change to PURE Unified Auditing Only:

SELECT value FROM v$option WHERE parameter = 'Unified Auditing';
VALUE
-----------------
FALSE

sqlplus / as sysdba <<
shutdown immediate;
exit;

cd $ORACLE_HOME/rdbms/lib
 
make -f ins_rdbms.mk unaiaud_on ioracle
 
sqlplus / as sysdba<<
startup
 
SELECT value FROM v$option WHERE parameter = 'Unified Auditing';
VALUE
-----------------
TRUE

Reference: https://docs.oracle.com/database/121/DBSEG/auditing.htm#DBSEG824

Hope it helps, cheers!

Oracle New Visual Online Tools

Hi all,
So, after a long time of same old documentation style, Oracle started sharing some nice and visual pages for some specifics. Here are 2 examples:

1. Oracle Move to Cloud  (http://www.oracle.com/goto/move)
This one was shown to me by Ricardo Gonzalez, and it’s a GREAT tool if you are planning migrations to Oracle Cloud in general.

The part I like most is where you select the source and destination formats/versions you want and all recommended migration methods are suggested. Of course additional validation on database are required for each method, but it can potentially remind you of things you may be forgetting.

NewScreenshot 2019-05-08 às 16.56.46

Something else I like very much as well is the section with executive summaries of each migration tool. It’s basically ready for a print screen to put in the slides you are going to present to your boss… 🙂

NewScreenshot 2019-05-08 às 16.57.16.png

Also, you have handy some links to papers for the most different migration scenarios, as per:

NewScreenshot 2019-05-08 às 16.57.24

2. Oracle Database Features: (https://apex.oracle.com/database-features/)
I actually got it from this post by Portilho, and found it great! See how it looks like:

NewScreenshot 2019-05-08 às 16.52.14

And by selecting any of the features you can see more info in a very simple way, as per below. By the way, with one click you can be directed to the documentation (the old fashioned one):

NewScreenshot 2019-05-08 às 16.55.08

 

Hope you enjoy those as much as I did and hope Oracle continue providing those sort of interfaces to us!

Cheers!

Oracle: “Invisible” Locks!

Have you ever heard:
“My session was killed. I’m trying again. There is no locks. But My SQL doesn’t run!”

By default, when a session is disconnected from Oracle, the SQLs uncommitted are undone (rollback). So, in case of a long routing there is a probably a rollback in place.

How Oracle rollback take that long? Well, it’s Oracle mechanism. The RDBMS basically assume you know what your are doing and start writing the new blocks so the commit will be very quick. Which, however, is bad in case of rollbacks.

How to check if this is your case?

select ktuxeusn, to_char(sysdate,'DD-MON-YYYY HH24:MI:SS') "Time", ktuxesiz, ktuxesta
from x$ktuxe
where ktuxecfl = 'DEAD'
4 /

KTUXEUSN Time KTUXESIZ KTUXESTA
---------- -------------------- ---------- ----------------
31 07-APR-2018 16:48:53 17705 ACTIVE
48 07-APR-2018 16:48:53 108856 ACTIVE

Hm.. What can I do? Not much really, we need to wait the rollback to complete.
One thing that can be done to increase the rollback is changing the fast_start_parallel_rollback parameter, as per:

SQL> show parameters roll

NAME TYPE VALUE
------------------------------------ ----------- ------------------------------
fast_start_parallel_rollback string LOW
rollback_segments string
transactions_per_rollback_segment integer 5
SQL> alter system set fast_start_parallel_rollback=HIGH;

System altered.

Hope it helps!
Cheers!

DG Broker ORA-16766: Redo Apply is stopped after a Database Restart

So, the other day I was engaged to check a dataguard, while checking its status with the dg broker I found this error

Error: ORA-16766: Redo Apply is stopped

Checking for it on dg broker:

DGMGRL> show configuration verbose

Configuration - DGCONFIG

Protection Mode: MaxPerformance
Databases:
PRIMARY - Primary database
STANDBY - Physical standby database
Error: ORA-16766: Redo Apply is stopped

Properties:
FastStartFailoverThreshold = '30'
OperationTimeout = '30'
FastStartFailoverLagLimit = '30'
CommunicationTimeout = '180'
ObserverReconnect = '0'
FastStartFailoverAutoReinstate = 'TRUE'
FastStartFailoverPmyShutdown = 'TRUE'
BystandersFollowRoleChange = 'ALL'
ObserverOverride = 'FALSE'
ExternalDestination1 = ''
ExternalDestination2 = ''
PrimaryLostWriteAction = 'CONTINUE'

Fast-Start Failover: DISABLED

Configuration Status:
ERROR

GMGRL> show database verbose STANDBY

Database - STANDBY

Enterprise Manager Name: STANDBY
Role: PHYSICAL STANDBY
Intended State: APPLY-ON
Transport Lag: 0 seconds (computed 3 seconds ago)
Apply Lag: 1 hour(s) 50 minutes 6 seconds (computed 0 seconds ago)
Apply Rate: 828.00 KByte/s
Real Time Query: OFF
Instance(s):
STANDBY

Database Error(s):
ORA-16766: Redo Apply is stopped

Properties:
DGConnectIdentifier = 'STANDBY'
ObserverConnectIdentifier = ''
LogXptMode = 'ASYNC'
DelayMins = '0'
Binding = 'optional'
MaxFailure = '0'
MaxConnections = '1'
ReopenSecs = '300'
NetTimeout = '30'
RedoCompression = 'DISABLE'
LogShipping = 'ON'
PreferredApplyInstance = ''
ApplyInstanceTimeout = '0'
ApplyParallel = 'AUTO'
StandbyFileManagement = 'AUTO'
ArchiveLagTarget = '900'
LogArchiveMaxProcesses = '4'
LogArchiveMinSucceedDest = '1'
DbFileNameConvert = ''
LogFileNameConvert = ''
FastStartFailoverTarget = ''
InconsistentProperties = '(monitor)'
InconsistentLogXptProps = '(monitor)'
SendQEntries = '(monitor)'
LogXptStatus = '(monitor)'
RecvQEntries = '(monitor)'
ApplyLagThreshold = '0'
TransportLagThreshold = '0'
TransportDisconnectedThreshold = '30'
SidName = 'STANDBY'
StaticConnectIdentifier = '(DESCRIPTION=(ADDRESS=(PROTOCOL=tcp)(HOST=SB_SERVER)(PORT=1521))(CONNECT_DATA=(SERVICE_NAME=STANDBY_DGMGRL)(INSTANCE_NAME=STANDBY)(SERVER=DEDICATED)))'
StandbyArchiveLocation = 'USE_DB_RECOVERY_FILE_DEST'
AlternateLocation = ''
LogArchiveTrace = '0'
LogArchiveFormat = 'STANDBY_%r_%t_%s.arc'
TopWaitEvents = '(monitor)'

Database Status:
ERROR

The standby state was APPLY-ON but when checked the standby if the MRP process was running I found none!

sqlplus / as sysdba

SQL*Plus: Release 11.2.0.4.0 Production on Fri Jan 4 17:05:12 2019

Copyright (c) 1982, 2013, Oracle. All rights reserved.


Connected to:
Oracle Database 11g Enterprise Edition Release 11.2.0.4.0 - 64bit Production
With the Partitioning, Automatic Storage Management, OLAP, Data Mining
and Real Application Testing options

17:05:12 SYS@STANDBY AS SYSDBA> SELECT PROCESS, STATUS FROM v$managed_standby;

PROCESS STATUS
--------- ------------
ARCH CLOSING
ARCH CLOSING
ARCH CLOSING
ARCH CLOSING
RFS IDLE
RFS IDLE
RFS IDLE
RFS WRITING

8 rows selected.

Elapsed: 00:00:00.01

Checking further I found that the database was bounced while the MRP was running and that was the only explanation that I could see to see a difference between the dg broker also I could not find any error in the dg broker log $ORACLE_HOME/rdbms/log/drc*.log

After setting the state to apply-off and them to apply-on the issue was resolved.

DGMGRL> edit database STANDBY set state='apply-off';
Succeeded.
DGMGRL> edit database STANDBY set state='apply-on';
Succeeded.
DGMGRL> show database verbose STANDBY;

Database - STANDBY

Enterprise Manager Name: STANDBY
Role: PHYSICAL STANDBY
Intended State: APPLY-ON
Transport Lag: 0 seconds (computed 1 second ago)
Apply Lag: 0 seconds (computed 1 second ago)
Apply Rate: 0 Byte/s
Real Time Query: OFF
Instance(s):
STANDBY

Properties:
DGConnectIdentifier = 'STANDBY'
ObserverConnectIdentifier = ''
LogXptMode = 'ASYNC'
DelayMins = '0'
Binding = 'optional'
MaxFailure = '0'
MaxConnections = '1'
ReopenSecs = '300'
NetTimeout = '30'
RedoCompression = 'DISABLE'
LogShipping = 'ON'
PreferredApplyInstance = ''
ApplyInstanceTimeout = '0'
ApplyParallel = 'AUTO'
StandbyFileManagement = 'AUTO'
ArchiveLagTarget = '900'
LogArchiveMaxProcesses = '4'
LogArchiveMinSucceedDest = '1'
DbFileNameConvert = ''
LogFileNameConvert = ''
FastStartFailoverTarget = ''
InconsistentProperties = '(monitor)'
InconsistentLogXptProps = '(monitor)'
SendQEntries = '(monitor)'
LogXptStatus = '(monitor)'
RecvQEntries = '(monitor)'
ApplyLagThreshold = '0'
TransportLagThreshold = '0'
TransportDisconnectedThreshold = '30'
SidName = 'STANDBY'
StaticConnectIdentifier = '(DESCRIPTION=(ADDRESS=(PROTOCOL=tcp)(HOST=SB_SERVER)(PORT=1521))(CONNECT_DATA=(SERVICE_NAME=STANDBY_DGMGRL)(INSTANCE_NAME=STANDBY)(SERVER=DEDICATED)))'
StandbyArchiveLocation = 'USE_DB_RECOVERY_FILE_DEST'
AlternateLocation = ''
LogArchiveTrace = '0'
LogArchiveFormat = 'STANDBY_%r_%t_%s.arc'
TopWaitEvents = '(monitor)'

Database Status:
SUCCESS

DGMGRL> show configuration

Configuration - DGCONFIG

Protection Mode: MaxPerformance
Databases:
PRIMARY - Primary database
STANDBY - Physical standby database

Fast-Start Failover: DISABLED

Configuration Status:
SUCCESS

DGMGRL> exit

sqlplus / as sysdba
17:17:54 SYS@STANDBY AS SYSDBA> SELECT PROCESS, STATUS FROM v$managed_standby;

PROCESS STATUS
--------- ------------
ARCH CLOSING
ARCH CLOSING
ARCH CLOSING
ARCH CLOSING
RFS IDLE
RFS IDLE
RFS IDLE
RFS IDLE
MRP0 APPLYING_LOG

9 rows selected.

Elapsed: 00:00:00.00

Hope it helps, unti the next one.

Elisson Almeida

 

Oracle Security: Immediate Protection for JVM Exploits (CVE-2018-3110)

Hello all!

Now that CVE-2018-3110 is a hot topic, I think this is a pretty interesting topic to go on.

So, we all know this is consistently one of the components with more CVEs for Oracle Databases. Basically because you can create Java objects in the database (which I think is an abomination :D) and run this code there, usually doing some tricks to escalate privileges to DBA, to PDB, to CDB, to host and other CDBs…

The problem is that (before 18c) OJVM PSU Patches are not RAC Rolling installable. Which means will need a maintenance window to apply fixes for this component. Quite bad, hãn… And if you discover a vulnerability and the PSU window is only in a month or so?

Well, we have a solution 🙂
It is well described in MOS Oracle Recommended Patches — “Oracle JavaVM Component Database PSU and Update” (OJVM PSU and OJVM Update) Patches (Doc ID 1929745.1), under the name “Mitigation Patch”.

It basically consists in install a patch Patch 19721304: SCRIPT TO LOCK DOWN JAVA DEVELOPMENT, which is a Rolling Patch, which allows you to disable any new Java object to be created. This is, so, assuming exploits can be done by creating new java objects on DB (as most of Java CVEs). Also, this patch don’t have any version requirement (after 9i).

Having the patch, however, doesn’t mean you are automatically protected against any vulnerability, but means you can protect yourself temporary by disabling new java objects creation with “exec dbms_java_dev.disable;” anytime.

The Mitigation Patch does not remove Java objects or block any java execution, it only disable the creation of new Java objects, so if the exploit is already planted, it’s not a viable solution. The mitigation patch can be used in any scenario where the PSU or proper JVM fixes cannot be applied at the moment but it’s wanted to prevent against JVM vulnerabilities.

Now, before downloading the patch, first check if it’s not already installed to your home, as it’s part of some Boundle Patches, like “Database Bundle Patch : 12.1.0.2.180417 (27338029)“.

Important Note: The intent is to be like a “workaround” while the PSU is planned. This was not built to be definitive solution. The idea is to just disable new Java objects to be created until the fix is applied on the proper planned maintenance window.

Hope it helps!