Oracle: Easily Decoding ROWID

Hi all,
Recently I needed to decode the rowid so I could find some information about it, I found this bit of code that I thought useful:

v_rid VARCHAR2(20) ;
v_type NUMBER;
v_obj NUMBER;
v_rfno NUMBER;
v_bno NUMBER;
v_rno NUMBER;
dbms_output.put_line('Row_ID = "'||v_rid||'"');
dbms_rowid.rowid_info(CHARTOROWID(v_rid), v_type, v_obj, v_rfno, v_bno, v_rno);
IF v_type = 0 THEN
dbms_output.put_line('RowID Type -> Restricted');
ELSE dbms_output.put_line('RowID Type -> Extended');
dbms_output.put_line('Object ID = "'||v_obj||'"');
dbms_output.put_line('Relative File Number = "'||v_rfno||'"');
dbms_output.put_line('Block Number = "'||v_bno||'"');
dbms_output.put_line('Row Number = "'||v_rno||'"');

Note that I have hard-coded the rowid but it is relatively easy to either edit this or indeed to incorporate this into a procedure.

Here’s the sample output

RowID Type -> Extended
Object ID = "18"
Relative File Number = "1"
Block Number = "241"
Row Number = "27"

Hope this helps!

Shellscript & Oracle: Run Script for a List of Databases

Hey all!
Quick tip/script for today: How to run same script for a list of databases quickly?

In my case I have same password/user in all databases, but in case you haven’t you can make a similar awk command to retrieve users and passwords from a file.

The list:

$: cat /tmp/dbs.cfg

The script:

for DBSID in ${*-$(awk -F: '!/^#/ {print $1}' /tmp/dbs.cfg}
    print "
        connect user/password@${DBSID}
        exit " |
    sqlplus /nolog >> /tmp/output_test.log

Hope it helps!

Purge Recycle Bin Older than…

Hello all!

Have your recyclebin being full/big but don’t want to make a complete “PURGE RECYCLE BIN;”?
Want remove only older than x days (like older than 30 days)?

Please don’t:

DELETE from DBA_RECYCLEBIN where droptime<sysdate-30;
PURGE DBA_RECYCLEBIN where droptime<sysdate-30;

A good way to perform that is to execute output from:

# 30 Days
select 'purge table '||owner||'."'||OBJECT_NAME||'";' 
from dba_recyclebin where type='TABLE' 
and to_date(droptime,'YYYY-MM-DD:HH24:MI:SS')<sysdate-30;

# 30 minutes
select 'purge table '||owner||'."'||OBJECT_NAME||'";' 
from dba_recyclebin where type='TABLE' and 

There is some reference here too:
How To Drop / Delete / Purge Recyclebin or DBA_RECYCLBIN For Objects Older Than x Days/minutes or selective purge of objects from recycle bin (Doc ID 1596147.1)

And here you can see an awesome procedure in case you want to automate that in a job or similar:

Hope it help you!

Oracle Database 9i: Where is my SQL_ID? Which SQL is in lock?

Struggling with that, right?
As you know, in Oracle Database 9i the view V$SESSION doesn’t have SQL_ID column…
So how to map SQLs in my database? And, for example, how to get the SQLs causing a lock?

In the end of the day, the SQL_ID is only a representation of the hash_value of an SQL. You can even make the translation from SQL_ID to Hash Value as you can check on this post by Tanel Poder.

Ok, but I have to map which sql is causing the lock in my 9i database, how can I do that?

Here it goes:

If session status is ACTIVE:

SELECT s1.sql_text from v$sqlarea s1,v$session s2 where s2.SID=&sid and s2.SQL_ADDRESS = s1.ADDRESS

If session status is INACTIVE:

SELECT s1.sql_text from v$sqlarea s1,v$session s2 where s2.SID=&sid and s2.prev_sql_addr = s1.ADDRESS

You’re welcome! 😉

See you next week!