Initialization Parameters

Voodoo with init parameters and Oracle Restart

Uwe Kirchhoff, one of the best techies I know in the entire Oracle CSS (formerly ACS) Support, mailed me before the Christmas holidays with a simple question. He discovered that altering init.ora parameters in a session does not necessarily write the parameter down into the spfile. Sounds a bit like Voodoo with init parameters,  and Oracle Restart has a role in this story as well. If you don’t have or do not plan to use Oracle Restart, then this is not interesting for you. But of course, you are free to still read it 🙂

Voodoo with init parameters and Oracle Restart

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Alert.log: New timestamp format in Oracle 12.2

Timestamp Format Change

There’s an interesting change in the alert.log since Oracle Database 12.2.0.1: The format of the timestamps has changed.

If you compare the timestamps in Oracle 12.1 vs Oracle 12.2 you’ll recognize the change immediately:

Oracle 12.1 Oracle 12.2
Wed Feb 08 15:39:29 2017
Database mounted in Exclusive Mode
Lost write protection disabled
Completed: ALTER DATABASE   MOUNT
Wed Feb 08 15:39:29 2017
ALTER DATABASE OPEN
Wed Feb 08 15:39:29 2017
Ping without log force is disabled.
Starting background process TMON

2017-05-29T14:09:17.064493+02:00
Database mounted in Exclusive Mode
Lost write protection disabled
Completed: ALTER DATABASE   MOUNT
2017-05-29T14:09:17.252853+02:00
ALTER DATABASE OPEN
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New (some undocumented) Parameters in Oracle 12.1.0.2

Every release offers some surprises – even to myself 😉

Right now Roy and I are in the final steps to refresh our big slide deck to the new layout, but more important, to have Oracle 12.1.0.2 information included as well (were necessary). So I did my usual “compare parameters” query between releases – getting unusual surprises this time.

This is the list of new parameters introduced with the patch set Oracle Database 12.1.0.2. Where applicable I have added the link to the doc.

But as you may recognize not all of them are explained in the doc 😉

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