job_name cannot be null

exec dbms_scheduler.create_job(job_name=>null,job_type=>’PLSQL_BLOCK’,job_action=>’BEGIN NULL; END;’) ORA-27451: JOB_NAME cannot be NULL ORA-06512: at “SYS.DBMS_ISCHED”, line 146 ORA-06512: at “SYS.DBMS_SCHEDULER”, line 288 ORA-06512: at line 1 This sounds like a proper error message. A bit less obvious is the drop_job message SQL> exec dbms_scheduler.drop_job(job_name=>null) ORA-20001: comma-separated list invalid near ORA-06512: at “SYS.DBMS_UTILITY”, line 236 ORA-06512: at “SYS.DBMS_UTILITY”, line […]

list database monitoring users

I am quite familiar with the SYSMAN tables but this one required me some googling beyond the Oracle documentation. The list of targets in your Oracle Enterprise Manager is in SYSMAN.MGMT_TARGETS. Each database target is monitored by a database user, typically DBSNMP. To retrieve this information, you need some to hijack your database, read this […]

Irrecoverable full backup part II : reporting

After my post Can you restore from a full online backup ?, I needed to come up with a report. Assuming that each backup goes in a different directory, I just wrote two reports. Report gaps in v$backup_redolog (or rc_backup_redolog if you use the catalog) DIR FIRST_CHANGE# NEXT_CHANGE# ——- ————- ———— /bck01/ 284891 285140 /bck01/ […]

Can you restore from a full online backup ?

The question is not HOW TO DO IT but WHETHER YOU CAN DO IT ! A typical backup script would contains something like BACKUP DATABASE PLUS ARCHIVELOG: backup database format ‘/u99/backup/DB01/20150518/full_0_%d_s%s_p%p’ plus archivelog format ‘/u99/backup/DB01/20150518/arc_%d_s%s_p%p’; Starting backup at 2015-05-18_18:27:55 current log archived input archived log thread=1 sequence=469 … piece handle= /u99/backup/DB01/20150518/arc_DB01_s86_p1 Finished backup at 2015-05-18_18:27:58 […]

run sudo, ssh, password, su in simulated interactive mode

Some commands do not like non-interactive mode $ passwd newpassword > newpassword > EOF Changing password for user lsc. Current password for lsc@example.com: passwd: Authentication token manipulation error $ echo oraclepassword | su – oracle standard in must be a tty $ echo sudopassword | sudo su – oracle [sudo] password for lsc: sudo: sorry, […]

bypass ora-20

When you really need to run one script, at all cost, an annoying error is ORA-00020: maximum number of processes (40) exceeded, which can even occurs as sysdba. Test case (21 is a not something to do in real life): SQL> alter system set processes=21 scope=spfile; System altered. SQL> startup force quiet ORACLE instance started. […]

switch user in Oracle

Almost a decade ago I wrote about su in sqlplus. This 10gR2 “new” feature allows delegation à la sudo. By checking the DBA_USERS in 12c I found PROXY_ONLY_CONNECT. According to Miguel Anjo, there is a secret syntax for allowing only the proxy user. SQL> ALTER USER app_user PROXY ONLY CONNECT; SQL> CONNECT app_user/xyz ERROR:ORA-28058: login […]

How to convert Excel file to csv

#excel to #csv in #powershell (New-Object -ComObject Excel.Application).Workbooks.Open("c:x.xlsx").SaveAs("c:x.csv",6) — laurentsch (@laurentsch) February 13, 2015 One-liner to convert Excel to CSV (or to and from any other format). There is a bug 320369 if you have excel in English and your locale is not America. Just change your settings to us_en before conversion.

Unusable index

After table maintenance, like move or split partition, underlying indexes are marked as unusable. This boils down to segment reorganisation, not dictionary change. For instance : CREATE TABLE t(x NUMBER) PARTITION BY RANGE(x) (PARTITION p1 VALUES LESS THAN (MAXVALUE)); CREATE INDEX i ON t (x); INSERT INTO t VALUES (1); ALTER TABLE T SPLIT PARTITION […]

Did you forget to run root.sh?

Not easy to detect, and depending on the product (agent/database), it may have only limited side effects. Like external jobs not running, operating systems statistics not collected. But it is not always easy to diagnose. For instance if you patch from OMS 12cR2 to 12cR3, and you run the root.sh only in 12cR2, they are […]

Do you have a partition in 2015

You need to check the high_value from dba_tab_partitions. Or you you could metadata. With metadata, it is not a long, it either clob or clob-xml. SELECT t.table_name, MAX ( TO_DATE ( REGEXP_SUBSTR ( EXTRACT ( (VALUE (x)), ‘HIBOUNDVAL’).getStringVal (), ‘ \d{4}-\d{2}-\d{2} \d{2}:\d{2}:\d{2}’), ‘YYYY-MM-DD HH24:MI;:SS’)) high_value FROM user_tables t, TABLE ( XMLSEQUENCE ( EXTRACT ( xmltype […]

anonymous cypher suites for SSL (and a 12c pitfall)

If you configure your listener for encryption only, you do not really need authentication. It works pretty fine until 11.2.0.2, I wrote multiple posts on ssl. You add SSL_CLIENT_AUTHENTICATION=FALSE to your server sqlnet.ora and listener.ora and specify an “anon” cipher suite in your client. You do not need to validate the certificate, so a default […]

How to *really* send a script to the background

Let’s check this small script – foo.sh #!/bin/sh echo foo.1:`date` | tee $HOME/tmp/foo.txt sleep 3 echo foo.2:`date` | tee -a $HOME/tmp/foo.txt $ $HOME/tmp/foo.sh foo.1:Thu Nov 27 17:34:53 CET 2014 foo.2:Thu Nov 27 17:34:56 CET 2014 Very obvious, I write to the console, wait three seconds, then write to the console. Ok, let’s take another script […]

KeepAlive socket in 12c listener

A not uncommon issue with firewalls and listeners are timeouts. Your production database may be behind a firewall, you may connect from a remote location, even your Windows workstation may have some firewall activated, possibly you use ssh tunnels or TCPS. All those occasionally lead to timeouts and connection abortion, for instance ORA-03113 end-of-file on […]

12.1.0.2 on AIX

just released today http://www.oracle.com/technetwork/database/enterprise-edition/downloads/index.html only in Enterprise Edition at the moment, and now available on HPUX, zLinux and AIX #oracle12c #db12102 is out for a bunch of platform #aix #os390 #hpux #zlinux — laurentsch (@laurentsch) November 17, 2014 This is the first and last patchset for 12cR1 #oracle 12.1.0.2 is the last patch set for […]

one more stragg

select to_char( sum( power(100,rownum-1)* deptno ), ‘FM99G99G99G99G99’, ‘NLS_NUMERIC_CHARACTERS=,;’ ) deptlist from dept DEPTLIST ————— 40;30;20;10 I also wrote about distinct listagg. The same applies for sum distinct. select to_char( sum(power(1e3,d-1)*deptno), ‘FM999G999G999’, ‘NLS_NUMERIC_CHARACTERS=,;’ ) deptsum, to_char( sum(distinct power(1e2,d-1)*deptno), ‘FM99G99G99’, ‘NLS_NUMERIC_CHARACTERS=,;’ ) deptsumdist, to_char( sum(power(1e1,d-1)), ‘FM9G9G9’, ‘NLS_NUMERIC_CHARACTERS=,;’ ) deptcount, to_char( sum(power(1e4,c-1)*comm), ‘FM9999G9999G9999G9999G9999’, ‘NLS_NUMERIC_CHARACTERS=,;’ ) commlist from ( […]

poor man ActiveDirectory password checker

To have the same users in multiple databases and no single sign on is quite a nightmare for password expiration, synchronisation and validation. You probably were discouraged by the long long route to kerberos, where the 11.2.0.2 bugs are fixed in 11.2.0.4, the 12.1 bugs are fixed in 12.2. And lot’s of system changes that […]