RE: Rapid Log Switching

  • From: "Johnson, William L (TEIS)" <WLJohnson@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: <John.Weatherman@xxxxxxxxxxx>, <jonathan@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>, <oracle-l@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Wed, 20 Feb 2008 16:58:11 -0500

Any chance you moved the archive log destination during your upgrade -
or left a large file in the archive destination that would have ito or
another tool kick off a log backup more frequently than you care to
imagine?  Maybe the backup tool is looking at the wrong destination - or
you placed a file there that puts you over the threshold to kick off a

If you use automation to kick off log backups, that could be the
Just a thought...

-----Original Message-----
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[mailto:oracle-l-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf Of Weatherman, John
Sent: Wednesday, February 20, 2008 4:14 PM
To: jonathan@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx; oracle-l@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
Subject: RE: Rapid Log Switching

This has been going on for about 19 hours now, and the system isn't
being hammered.  If it was, I could understand the log switches.  But I
have 20M logs that are switching when 2-6M in size.  I did have problems
with AWR before, but that is now under control....and then this

-----Original Message-----
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[mailto:oracle-l-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf Of Jonathan Lewis
Sent: Wednesday, February 20, 2008 2:52 PM
To: oracle-l@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
Subject: Re: Rapid Log Switching

What time did it start ?

Are you aware of the automatic stats collection that takes
place in 10g ?  This runs to collects stats on objects with stale
statistics every night with a window that is something like
midnight to 6 am.

Your system might run for weeks doing a couple of minutes
of stats collection every (weekday) night, and then decide one
night that most of the tables in the system have gone stale and
hammers the system for hours on end.


Jonathan Lewis

Author: Cost Based Oracle: Fundamentals

The Co-operative Oracle Users' FAQ

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Weatherman, John" <John.Weatherman@xxxxxxxxxxx>
To: <oracle-l@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Cc: "Terrell, Paul" <Paul.Terrell@xxxxxxxxxxx>; "Shamim, Aziz" 
Sent: Wednesday, February 20, 2008 7:58 PM
Subject: Rapid Log Switching


I'm on RH 2.6.9-42.ELsmp x86_64 Linux, running  I've been
having a lot of log issues for the last week.  Thanks to some help here,
I seem to have the worst of it under control now.

However, last night I began seeing log switches every 6 minutes.  The
logs are 20M in size, but are switching between 2-6M.  We do have
log_checkpoint_timeout set, but it is 1800 seconds (30 minutes), not 6

Does anyone have any ideas what other than the timeout or the log
filling up would cause a log switch?  It's not manual and it's not
backups, it's been too consistent and too long for either of those to
make any sense.  I'm not aware of anything else that should be
triggering log switches and haven't been able to find anything
suspicious with Google or Metalink.



John P Weatherman    john.weatherman@xxxxxxxxxxx

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