Monitoring Oracle with oratop

Rick Miners' Oracle Blog


I recently had a situation where I was troubleshooting a system that had fallen victim to some intermittent and very high load averages. At first, there were no apparent reasons for the high load averages, so that sent me searching for some monitoring tools to help identify the issue. Besides using OSWBB and dstat, I also used the oratop utility which turns out to be a great way to get a quick overview and monitor active sessions in near real time in Oracle 11g and 12c databases. It is also RAC and ASM aware.


Here’s the MOS note for more info and downloads.
oratop – Utility for Near Real-time Monitoring of Databases, RAC and Single Instance (Doc ID 1500864.1)

Supported Oracle Releases

11gR2 (,


oratop in Action

There is a user guide available for download on the MOS note, but I will show my favorite options.

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First Day and Last Day of Current Month Oracle

Query to Select the First Day and Last Day of the Current Month


select trim(to_date(last_day(sysdate),’DD/MM/YYYY’)) as lastday from dual;

select trunc((sysdate),’month’) as FirstDay from dual;

Move Table to Another Tablespace Online Oracle Database 12c

The new PL/SQL procedure REDEF_TABLE in Oracle 12c  lets you redefine a table online in a single step. It can do the below changes

  • Move table,partition or index to another tablespace
  • Compression type change on a table including for table,partition and index

More information on DBMS_REDFINITION can be accessed on Oracle Support : Master Note:Overview of Online Redefinition of Tables (DBMS_REDEFINITION) (Doc ID 1357825.1)

We will now go ahead and move the table HR.EMP to another tablespace called TBS01 online.

uname => ‘HR’,
tname => ‘EMP’,
table_part_tablespace => ‘TBS01’

uname –> Schema Name in which Table resides
tname –> Table Name
table_part_tablespace –> New Tablespace to which table will be moved
index_tablespace => If you need to move the indexes to another table it can be done using an additional arguement

Data Recovery Advisor


Hello everyone!

During my career as an Oracle DBA, I saw many DBAs using this tool, the Data Recovery Advisor.
This is a tool that can assist with diagnosing media failure, providing RMAN commands to solved the problems.

Let’s start:

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Restore Table from RMAN Backup Oracle 12c


One of the amazing features of Oracle Database 12c is that now you can do a logical restore from a physical backup. Before 12c it was not possible to restore a table from a RMAN backup. This feature is amazing speciall when you have a large database and needs to restore a small table. One of the pre-requisites is you must have a Full Backup of the database and also archivelogs after the fully backup must be available. We can proceed to do the restore with below RMAN command

$ rman target /

AUXILIARY DESTINATION ‘/backups/rmanbkp’

HR.EMP is the table to be recovered from the RMAN backup

SYSDATE-0.22 is the time till where the table will be rolled back; this is to specify the point in time for recovery: UNTIL TIME, UNTIL SCN, or UNTIL SEQUENCE can be used

Auxiliary Destination is destination where a instance is created for the recovery process

REMAP TABLE clause is used to specify to restore the table with another name

Using this method even individual table paritions can be restored.

EXPDP/IMPDP – ORA-04063 (view “SYS.KU$_RADM_FPTM_VIEW” Has Errors) on Full Export / Import

This is caused by a mismatch between the character set in which the table radm_fptm$ is created and in which the type ku$_radm_fptm$_t is created. This leads to the ORA-932 error when trying to recompile the view SYS.KU$_RADM_FPTM_VIEW, you have specified UTF8 for the national characaterset instead of the default AL16UTF16 national characaterset:

To Check Character set

col parameter for a35
col value for a40
select * from nls_database_parameters where parameter like ‘%SET’ order by 1;


Workaround is  to recompile the Recompile the View ku$_radm_fptm_t

alter type ku$_radm_fptm_t compile reuse settings;

Type altered.

SQL> alter view SYS.KU$_RADM_FPTM_VIEW compile;

View altered.

set lines 140
col status for a9
col object_type for a20;
col owner.object for a50
select con_id, status, object_id, object_type,
owner||’.’||object_name “OWNER.OBJECT”
3 from cdb_objects where object_name like ‘%KU$_RADM_FPTM_VIEW%’ order by 4,1;


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SQL*Plus output in nice HTML format

Uwe Hesse


Every DBA knows that: SQL*Plus is a powerful tool, but its output is often almost unreadable. Do we have to format everything carefully with col commands or change to a more comfortable GUI instead? No! The early Tanel Poder has shown an easy way to get nice HTML output from SQL*Plus back in 2007 already:

I have adopted this idea and use it in my courses (also this week) whenever I need to do those queries on broad views like DBA_TABLESPACES or V$DATAFILE. I just run them in SQL*Plus as usual; if the output is unreadable, I call html.sql (First the SELECT, then simply @html), firefox opens and shows us a pretty looking HTML output, everybody is happy and the audience is stunned. Thank you, Tanel!

This is the adopted, slightly customized html.sql I use:

---------------------------------------- -- get the last SQL*Plus output in HTML -- after Tanel Poder ----------------------------------------…

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