RE: Really Strange Problem

  • From: "Amaral, Rui" <Rui.Amaral@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: 'Niall Litchfield' <niall.litchfield@xxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Fri, 12 Nov 2010 09:12:55 -0500

I must add that even though I said to disable I would suggest remove it 
completely - at least on your prod machines - as any SA can run this at any 
time of the day and you don't want that happening on peak periods. Just my 2 

Rui Amaral
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From: Niall Litchfield [mailto:niall.litchfield@xxxxxxxxx]
Sent: Friday, November 12, 2010 9:01 AM
To: Amaral, Rui
Cc: norman.dunbar.capgemini@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx; john40855@xxxxxxxxx; 
Subject: Re: Really Strange Problem

ah, and the blog posting at
 makes a lot of sense if the storage is shared not only for the rac cluster but 
for vms as well. Cheers for the heads up.

On Fri, Nov 12, 2010 at 11:06 AM, Amaral, Rui 
<Rui.Amaral@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx<mailto:Rui.Amaral@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>> wrote:
We had this problem on all our redhat servers (with the same symptoms you 
described and very similar timings too) and it was tied to a cron job that ran 
to update the local os index db. Disable mlocate and any other package that 
uses locate in the name. That os job consumes 100% cpu when it runs.

----- Original Message -----
From: Dunbar, Norman (Capgemini) 
Sent: Friday, November 12, 2010 03:13 AM
To: john40855@xxxxxxxxx<mailto:john40855@xxxxxxxxx> 
Cc: oracle-l@xxxxxxxxxxxxx<mailto:oracle-l@xxxxxxxxxxxxx> 
Subject: RE: Really Strange Problem

Morning all,

>> 2:15 is the sort of time humans schedule things for, so I'd
>> double check *all* the schedulers that have access to the
>> system, both local and remote if that applies.

Silly, perhaps, but check the cleaners! It has been known - urban myths
notwithstanding - for cleaners too unplug things to plug in the Dyson.

Now, I'm pretty certain that cleaning staff will  not have access to a
server room, but ...


Norman Dunbar
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Capgemini Database Team (EA)
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