RE: Failure to Release Diskspace

  • From: "Sais, Gene" <Gsais@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: "Kenneth.R.Fowler@xxxxxxxxxx" <Kenneth.R.Fowler@xxxxxxxxxx>, "andrew.kerber@xxxxxxxxx" <andrew.kerber@xxxxxxxxx>, "ian@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx" <ian@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Wed, 1 Sep 2010 17:51:36 +0000

I believe a dismount/mount will clear it, unfortunately the db will have to be 

From: oracle-l-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx [mailto:oracle-l-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] On 
Behalf Of Fowler, Kenneth R
Sent: Wednesday, September 01, 2010 1:49 PM
To: andrew.kerber@xxxxxxxxx; ian@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
Cc: Oracle-L Freelists; Fowler, Kenneth R
Subject: RE: Failure to Release Diskspace

Also a long time since I used VMS.  I do remember that one issue I sometimes 
faced is that the free block count on a disk device would sometimes not match 
up with reality (might be the issue you face).  To correct this we would use 
copy/allocate command... something like...

$ copy/allocate=nnnnnn junk.dat junk2.dat

where junk.dat was a small file and "nnnnnn" was some large number to force the 
command to fail.  This had the side effect of resetting the free block count 
for the device.


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From: oracle-l-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx [mailto:oracle-l-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] On 
Behalf Of Andrew Kerber
Sent: Wednesday, September 01, 2010 1:41 PM
To: ian@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
Cc: Oracle-L Freelists
Subject: Re: Failure to Release Diskspace
Dont you have to kill the process accessing the file before it can be resized?  
show dev/files and kill the processes that is accessing the file?  Its been a 
few years since I used VMS myself...
On Wed, Sep 1, 2010 at 12:31 PM, MacGregor, Ian A. 
<ian@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx<mailto:ian@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>> wrote:
I have not touched a VMS system for 20 odd years.   One of the things I did was 
to shrink the size of the  undo tablespace from 2770 MB to 1024 MB.  When I 
issue the VMS command

show device/full  <device_name>

the number of free blocks is no different than before.  What  needs to be done 
to get the space released.

Ian MacGregor
SLAC National Accelerator Center


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