Re: Checking if remote database is up

Would a quick hack to code the procedure as a version of=20

declare
    l_alive number;
begin=20
     select 1 into l_alive from dual@remotedb;
            if l_alive =3D 1 then
    proc_name;
end if
end;
/=20

make sense?=20

This might avoid ocella upgrades breaking your check, or dealing with
the politics :).

Alternatively you might wish to add error handling for what ever
errors you get when the ocella db is down and add that to your
functions and procedures...


On 4/26/05, stephen booth <stephenbooth.uk@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:
> One of our new systems (Documentum from EMC) uses a database link to a
> remote database (Ocella from Ocella)  for some processes.  Due to
> organisation politics the people managing the Ocella database don't
> tell the people managing Documentum when they're taking their system
> down (the joys of working in the public sector).  Documentum can do
> most of it's functions when Ocella is down, it just can't do certain
> transactions, unfortunately it's currently not very good at dealing
> with situations where the Ocella database is down.
>=20
> We're looking at some way of checking if the Ocella database is up
> before trying a transaction that needs it then reporting back to the
> user if it's down.  What we're currently thinking of is putting an
> empty table in the Ocella database then querying that from a PL/SQL
> function over the link and trapping the error.  If we get data or 'No
> Rows Returned' then we know that the database is up and the link is
> working.  If we get an ORA-03113 then we know that the database is
> down or the link isn't working for some other reason (e.g. Network
> broken again).  the function returns either TRUE or FALSE depending on
> whether the remote dtabase is up or not.
>=20
> Does anyone have experience of a similar situation?  Is there a more
> elegant/reliable method?  Anything I've failed to consider that will
> make this all blow up?
>=20
> Thanks
>=20
> Stephen
>=20
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>=20


--=20
Niall Litchfield
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