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Just Learned more - Rename an Oracle database name -)

It's nothing in this post. I just changed Oracle database name and did it something for Grid Infrastructure for standalone server also.

- Check

SQL> select name from v$database;




SQL> shutdown immediate

Database closed.

Database dismounted.

ORACLE instance shut down.

Swapping the white shirt for a towel ?

For almost three years I have been a consultant. Dark suit, white shirt, tie. The official uniform of the 'You can trust us' brigade. [Aside, I was reading Superfreakonomics recently and learned that ties are often germ ridden so the soon we all stop wearing them, the better!]

CRS-1006: No more members to consider

I had an error which i would call weird cause i couldn’t understand it . I was asked to start 2-Node RAC db and its services.

11GR2 – Grid Infrastructure Upgrade – to

Please follow the following steps in order to upgrade Grid Infrastructure to


You need to apply GIPS2 ( Patch 9655006 – – Grid Infrastructure PSU 2) before you could upgrade it to You also must have latest 11.2 OPatch  – OPatch for 11.2 – Patch 6880880.  . . . → Read More: 11GR2 – Grid Infrastructure Upgrade – to


Here’s a quote that says it all:

Dr Joseph Lykken of Fermilab – in response to some (negative) results from the Large Hadron Collider that suggest the simplest form of SuperSymmetry is wrong:

“It [supersymmetry] is a beautiful idea. It explains dark matter, it explains the Higgs boson, it explains some aspects of cosmology; but that doesn’t mean it’s right.”

Mind you, Feynmann got there years ago:

RDBMS Online Patching

If you support Oracle RDBMS and want to zero downtime applying
patches to databases then it is time to have a look at new possibility
of Online Patching delivered with version and described here
RDBMS Online Patching Aka Hot Patching [ID 761111.1]

Setting Up Oracle Connection Manager

The Problem

It seems really simple. We have an Oracle database (on all nodes of a full rack Exadata, to be exact), which a lot of end-users connect to through apps designed in a rather adhoc and haphazard manner - on Excel spreadsheets, Access forms, TOAD reports and other assorted tools. We want to control the access from these machines and streamline them.

Reduce the number of commits

“Oftentimes, a database administrator (DBA) simply looks at the symptoms and immediately starts changing the system to fix those symptoms”
Op. Cit. Oracle Database Performance Tuning Guide 11g Release 2 (11.2)

Ok, let’s do this :-)


Here’s a deadlock graph the appeared on Oracle-L and OTN a couple of days ago.

Alter waiting on Select statement to complete

A few days ago, we faced an interesting problem on one of our customer’s slave mysqld servers.  An Alter for adding a new column was run on master server took 542 seconds where as it took few hours on the slave server to complete due to a SELECT blocking the Alter was not allowed to complete.

Here is the the select on the master server and it’s execution time from the binary logs.

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