Helpful Hints for RMAN Recovery

When you copy your backup files onto disk for RMAN to use for practicing cold-metal restore/recovery, make sure that they are at least visible to the oracle OS user.  It doesn't help to have them owned by root with perm 640.Thank me later.

Bind Variables and Parallel Queries Do Not Mix

This post was promised long ago, and I apologize for the tardiness. Some of you may recall my whining about seemingly unexplainable instance hanging since migrating our database to 64-bit hardware in September. Well, after some back and forth and hand-offs from one rep to another, we finally were given... [Read More]

Don: 1 vs. 1Z0-043: 0

Passed the 1Z0-043 exam today, otherwise known as the OCP exam. Just need some other jazz like my hands-on course requirement form to be processed and then I should get my badge and gun and key to the executive washroom.Thanks to Bradd Piontek for reminding me of how silly it... [Read More]

ALTER TABLE doesn't like synonyms

Something new I found out today. When performing an ALTER TABLE statement (in this case to add a column) in another schema for which you have a synonym (public or private), you must refer to it with the schema qualifier, e.g. HR.EMPLOYEES rather than just EMPLOYEES. It seems the DDL... [Read More]