adrci: A survival guide for the DBA

Uwe Hesse

Starting with 11gR1, we have a new way to deal with Oracle Errors & Tracefiles: There is now a special command line utility dedicated for that purpose called adrci (Automatic Diagnostic Repository Command Interpreter). This posting is intended to show you the (in my view) essential commands, a DBA ought to know in order to use it. We will look at

  1. Viewing the alert.log
  2. The relation between incident & problem
  3. Creation of Packages & ZIP files to send to Oracle Support
  4. Managing, especially purging tracefiles

I will at first create a problem. Don’t do that with your Production Database! Especially: Never do DML on dictionary tables!

[oracle@uhesse ~]$ sqlplus / as sysdba SQL*Plus: Release 11.2.0.2.0 Production on Wed Jun 1 10:25:06 2011 Copyright (c) 1982, 2010, Oracle.  All rights reserved. Connected to: Oracle Database 11g Enterprise Edition Release 11.2.0.2.0 - 64bit Production With the Partitioning, OLAP, Data Mining and Real…

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