Parameter Workarounds: Changing your Entire Database’s Behavior Because of a Query

This post is just a reflection, basically based on my last post about Adaptive Query Optimization/SQL Plan Directives. Several times we find some situations that can be solved by setting a parameter (likely a “_”) and we just proceed with an “alter system” disregarding about all the impact of this.

This is specially important when talking about “optimizer” parameters even for bugs causing ORA-600’s or performance issues… Changing those parameters in system will affect not only the SQL with the error but all SQLs in database, which may cause a really bad effect in some cases.

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Ok Matheus, but what can I do?
Let’s to the obvious and generally applied methods:

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Adaptive Query Optimization: SQL Plan Directives Causing High CPU after 12c Upgrade

Hello all!

As DBAs we are always being recommended by Oracle and also recommending to clients to update their databases, but we have to be aware about new features and their effects. This is the case of Adaptive Query Optimization and in this particular case on SQL Plan Directives.

SQL Plan Directives are one of the functionalities that compose the Adaptive Query Optimization in Oracle Database 12c. The basic idea is pretty interesting: The SQL Optimizer keeps reviewing bad (“suboptimal”, as they like to say) plans, tipically incorrect cardinality estimations and generates SQL plan directives, like for missing histograms or extended statistics.

In my case, just after the upgrade to 12c (made on Jan 27th), the CPU usage increased for the same report always ran in the database:

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Ok, how to check it?

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