Sunday, 14 July 2013

Oracle DBA Interview Questions

1. Which of the following does not affect the size of the SGA.
a) Database buffer
b) Redo log buffer
c) Stored procedure
d) Shared pool
Answer: c

2. A set of Dictionary tables are created

a) Once for the Entire Database
b) Every time a user is created
c) Every time a Tablespace is created
d) None of the above
Answer: a

3. The order in which Oracle processes a single SQL statement is ?

A. execute, parse, fetch
B. execute, fetch, parse
C. parse, execute, fetch
D. parse, fetch, execute
Answer: c

4. What are the mandatory datafiles to create a database in Oracle 11g?
Answer: c
5. In one server can we have different oracle versions?
A. No
B. Yes
Answer: b

6. How do sessions communicate with database?

A. Server processes use oracle net to connect to the instance.
B. Background processes use oracle net to connect to the database
C. User processes read from the database and write to the instance;
D. Server processes execute SQL received from user processes.
Answer: d

7. Which SGA memory structure cannot be resized dynamically after instance startup?

A. Database Buffer Cace
B. Java Pool
C. Large pool
D. Log buffer
E. Shared Pool
Answer: d

8. When a session changes data, where does the change get written?

A. To the data block in the cache, and the redo log buffer
B. To the data block on disk, and the current online redo log file
C. The session writes to the database buffer cache, and the log writer writes to the current online redo logfile
D. Nothing is written until the change is committed
Answer: a

9. How many maximum no of control files we can have within a database

A 3
Answer: d

10.System Data File Consists of
B.Business Data
C.Temporary Data
D.Undo Data
Answer: a

11. What is the function of SMON in instance recovery?

A.It writes data to the archive log files.
B.It writes data to the online redo log files.
C.It frees resources held by user processes.
D.It synchronizes data file header and control files.
E.It roles forward by applying changes in the redo log.
F.It writes dirty buffers from the buffer cache to the data files.
Answer: e

12. Which action occur during a checkpoint?

A.Oracle updates a control file.
B.Oracle performs a delayed block clean-out.
C.Oracle copies the online redo-log to the archive destinations. `
D.Oracle flushes the dirty blocks in the database buffer cache to disk.
Answer: d

13. SMON process is used to write into LOG files.

Answer: b

14. Oracle does not consider a transaction committed until.

A. The Data is written back to the disk by DBWR
B. The LGWR successfully writes the changes to redo
C. PMON Process commits the process changes
D. SMON Process Writes the data
Answer: b

15. How many maximum DBWn(Db writers) we can invoke?

A. 3
B. 1
C. 10
D. 20
Answer: d

16. Which activity would generate less undo data?

Answer: a

17. What happens when a user issues a COMMIT?
A. The CKPT process signals a checkpoint.
B. The DBWn process wrtes the transactions changed buffers to the datafiles.
C. The LGWR flushes the log buffer to the online redo log.
D. The ARCn process writes the change vectors to the archive redo log
Answer: c

18.What happens when a user process fails?
A.PMON performs process recovery.
B.SMON performs ICR
C.SMON frees resources held by user process.
D.Oracle Updates a controlfile.
Answer: a

19.What are the free buffers in the database buffer cache.

A.Buffer that have changed should be pushed to the disk.
B.Buffers that are currently in use.
C.Buffer that are being written to disk.
D.Buffer that can be overwritten.

20.When thw SMON Procees perform ICR.

A.For every startup
B.Only at the time of startup after graceful shutdown
C.Only at the time of startup after abort shutdown
 Answer: c

21. Which dynamic view can be queried when a database is started up in no mount state?
Answer: b

22. Which two tasks occur as a database transitions from the mount stage to the open stage?

A. The online data files & Redo log files are opened.
B. Memory for the SGA is allocated.
C. The Oracle password file is opened.
D. Stored procedures are pinned in the library cache
Answer: a

23. In which situation is it appropriate to enable the restricted session mode?

A. Creating a table
B. Dropping an index
C. Taking a rollback segment offline
D. Exporting a consistent image of a large number of tables.

Answer: d

24. Which is the component of an Oracle instance?
A. The SGA
B. The redo logs
C. The control cache
D. The password file

Answer: a

25. Which process is involved when a user starts a new session on the database server?

A. The Oracle login process
B. The Oracle server process
C. The system monitor (SMON) process
D. The process monitor (PMON) process
Answer: b

26. In the event of an Instance failure, which files store command data NOT written to the datafiles?

A. Control files
B. Online redo logs
C. Network segment
D. Archived redo logs
Answer: b

27. When are the base tables of the data dictionary created?

A. When the instance is created
B. When the database is created
C. When the catalog.sql script is executed
D. When the catproc.sql script is executed
 Answer: b

28. Sequence of events takes place while starting a Database is

A. Database opened, File mounted, Instance started
B. Instance started, Database mounted & Database opened
C. Database opened, Instance started & file mounted
D. Files mounted, Instance started & Database opened
Answer: b

 29. The alert log will never contain information about which database activity?

A.Place tablespace in end backup mode
B.Altering the database to take a data file offline
C.Performing operating system restore of the database files
D.Changing the database mode from NOARCHIVELOG to ARCHIVELOG
 Answer: c

30. Where can you find the non-default parameters when an instance is started?

a. Alert log
b. Online redo log
c. Archived redo log
d. System user's trace
 Answer: a

31. Which tablespace is used as the temporary tablespace if TEMPORARY TABLESPACE is not specified for a user?

 Answer: c
32. User SCOTT creates an index with this statement: CREATE INDEX emp_indx on employee (empno). In which tablespace would be the index created?

a. SYSTEM tablespace
b. SCOTTS default tablespace
c. Tablespace with rollback segments
d. Same tablespace as the EMPLOYEE table.
Answer: b

33. Which data dictionary view shows the available free space in a certain tablespace? (9-16)

 Answer: c

34. Which method increase the size of a tablespace?

A. Add a datafile to a tablespace.
B. Use the ALTER TABLESPACE command to increase the MINEXTENTS for the tablespace.
C. Use the ALTER TABLESPACE command to increase the MAXEXTENTS for the tablespace.
D. Use the ALTER TABLESPACE command to increase the MINIMUM EXTENT for the tablespace.
Answer: a

35. What does the command ALTER DATABASE . . . RENAME DATAFILE do? (8-37) (Not proper description of the ans.)

A. It copies a data file.
B. It updates the control file.
C. It copies a data file and updates the control file.
D. It copies a data file, deletes the obsolete file, and updates the control file.
Answer: b

36. Can you drop objects from a read-only tablespace?

A. No
B. Yes
C. Only when using the DBA role
D. Only when the tablespace is online
 Answer: b

37. SYSTEM TABLESPACE can be made off-line.

a) Yes
b) No
Answer: b

38. Datadictionary can span across multiple Tablespaces.

Answer: b

39. Multiple Tablespaces can share a single datafile.

Answer: b

40. All datafiles related to a Tablespace are removed when the Tablespace is dropped?

Answer: b

41. What is a default role?

A. A role that requires a password.
B. A role that requires no password.
C. A role automatically enabled when the user logs on.
D. A role automatically assigned when the user is created.
Answer: c

 42. Who is the owner of a role?

B. Nobody
D. The creator
 Answer: b

43. When granting the system privilege, which clause enables the grantee to further grant the privilege to other users or roles?

Answer: c

44. Which view will show a list of privileges that are available for the current session to a user?

Answer: a

45. Which view shows all of the objects accessible to the user in a database?

Answer: b

46. Which statement about profiles is false?

A. Profile assignments do not affect current sessions.
B. Profiles enable group resource limits for similar users.
C. Profiles are assigned to users, roles, and other profiles.
D. The ALTER USER command can be used to assign profiles to users.
Answer: c

 47. Which password management feature is NOT available by using a profile?

A. Account locking
B. Password history
C. Password change
D. Password aging and expiration
Answer: c

48. Which resource can not be controlled using profiles?

A. Idle time
B. CPU time
D. PGA memory allocations
E. Number of concurrent sessions for a user name
Answer: d

 49. You want to retrieve information about account expiration dates from the data dictionary. Which view do you use?

 Answer: a

50. It is very difficult to grant and manage common privileges needed by different groups of database users using roles.
 Answer: b

51. Which data dictionary view would you query to retrieve a table's header block number?
 Answer: f

52. When tables are stored in locally managed tablespaces, where is extent allocation information stored?

A. Memory
B. Data Dictionary
C. Temporary tablespace
D. Corresponding tablespace itself
Answer: d

 53. Which of the following three portions of a data block are collectively called as Overhead?

A.table directory, row directory and row data block header, table diretory and free space
C.table directory, row directory and data block header
D. data block header, row data and row header
 Answer: c

54. Can a tablespace hold objects from different schemes?

A. Yes.
Answer: a

55. Which data dictionary view would you query to retrieve a table's header block number? (11-41)

 Answer: f

56. What is default value for storage parameter INITIAL in 10g if extent management is Local ?

A. 8k
B. 40k
C. 16k
Answer: b

57. Using which package we can convert Tablespace from DMTS to LMTS?

Answer: b

58. Is it Possible to Change ORACLE Block size after creating database?

A. Yes
B. No
Answer: b

59. Locally Managed table spaces will increase the performance?

Answer: a

60.Index is a Space demanding Object ?

Answer: a

61. What is a potential reason for a Snapshot too old error message?

a. You did not refresh your snapshots in time.
b. An ITL entry in a data block has been reused.
c. Rollback segment extent sizes are too large.
d. Your online redo log files are not big enough to snap your largest transactions.
 Answer: b

62. An Oracle user receives the following error:

What is the possible solution? (10-36)
A. Increase the extent size of the rollback segments.
B. Perform media recovery.
C. Increase the number of rollback segments.
D. Increase the size of the rollback segment tablespace.
Answer: a

63. The status of the Rollback segment can be viewed through

Answer: d

64. Explicitly we can assign transaction to a rollback segment
Answer: a

65) Are uncommitted transactions written to flashback redologs?

A. Yes
B. No
Answer: a

66) Is it possible to do flashback after truncate?

B. Yes
Answer: a

67) Can we restore a dropped table after a new table with the same name has been created?

A. Yes
B. No
Answer: a

68. Which following command will clear database recyclebin?

A.delete recyclebin;
B. clear recyclebin;
C. purge recyclebin;
D. truncate recyclebin
Answer: c

69. What is the OPTIMAL parameter?

A. length of a rollback segment.
B. Optimizer mode
C. Size of the undo tablespace
D. None of the above
Answer: a

70. Flashback query time depends on ____?

A. Undo_retention
B. Flashback_timeout
Answer: a

71. Can we create spfile in shutdown mode?

B. No
 Answer: a

72. Can we alter static parameters by using scope=both?

A. Yes
B. No
Answer: b

73. Can we take backup of spfile in RMAN?

A. Yes
B. No
Answer: a

74. Does Drop Database command removes spfile?

A. Yes
B. No
Answer: a

75. Using which SQL command we can alter the parameters?

A. Alter database
B. Alter parameter
C. Alter system
Answer: c

76.OMF database will Improve the performance?

A. Yes
B. No
Answer: b

77.Max number of controlfiles that can be multiplexed in an OMF database?

A. 1
B. 5
C. 8
D. unlimited
Answer: b

78. Which environment variable is used to help set up Oracle names?
Answer: c

79. Which Net8 component waits for incoming requests on the server side?
A. Port
B. Server
C. Listener
D. Dispatcher
E. Background process
 Answer: c

80. What is the listener name when you start the listener without specifying an argument?
D. The same as the instance name.
Answer: b

81. When is a request sent to a listener?
A. After every call.
B. Before every call.
C. After name resolution.
D. Before name resolution.
Answer: c

82. In which file is the information that host naming is enabled stored?

A. init.ora
B. sqlnet.ora
C. tnsnames.ora
D. listener.ora
Answer: b

83. Which protocols can oracle Net 11g Use

 Answer: a

89. Which of the following statements about listeners is correct?

A. A listener can connect you to one instance only.
B. A listener can connect you to one service only.
C. Multiple listeners can share one network interface card.
D. An instance will only accept connections from the listener specified on the local_listener parameter.
 Answer: c

90. Can we perform DML operation on Materialized view?

Answer: b

91.Materialized views are schema objects, that can be used to summarize pre compute replicate and distribute data?

Answer: a

92. Does a materialized view occupies space?

A. Yes
B. No
Answer: a

93. Can we name a Materialized View log?

A. Yes
B. No
Answer: b

94. By using which view can a normal user see public database link?

Answer: c

95. Can we change the refresh interval of a Materialized View?

Answer: a

96. Can we use a database link even after the target user has changed his password?

A. Yes
B. No
Answer: a

97. Can we convert a materialized view from refresh fast to complete?

A. Yes
B. No
Answer: a

98. A normal user can create public database link?

A. True
B. False
Answer: b

99. If we truncate the master table, materialized view log on that table__

A. Will be truncated
B. Wont be truncated
C. Will be dropped
Answer: c

100. What is the correct procedure for multiplexing online redo logs?

C. Shut down the database, copy the online redo-log, and start up the database.
D. Shut down the database, copy the online redo-log, edit the REDO_LOG_FILES parameter, and start up the database
Answer: b

101. In which situation would you need to create a new control file for an existing database?
A. When all redo-log files are lost.
B. When MAXLOGMEMBERS needs to be changed.
C. When RECOVERY_PARALLELISM needs to be changed.
D. When the name of the parameter file needs to be changed
Answer: b

102. When configuring a database for ARCHIVELOG mode, you use an initialisation parameter to specify which action?
A. The size of archived log files.
B. How frequently log files will be archived.
C. That the database is in ARCHIVELOG mode.
d. To Store Archive log Files
Answer: d

103. Which command creates a text backup of the control file?

Answer: a

104. You are configuring a database for ARCHIVELOG mode. Which initialization parameter should you use?

Answer: c

105. How does a DBA specify multiple control files?

A. With the ADD CONTROLFILE command.
B. By using the files in the STARTUP command.
C. With the MULTIPLEX control file command.
D. By listing the files in the CONTROL_FILES parameter.
Answer: d

106. Which dynamic view should a DBA query to obtain information about the different sections of the control file? (6-10)

Answer: c

107. What is the characteristics of the control file?

A. It is a text file
B. It is a fixed size.
C. It is required to start the instance.
D. It must be updated at every log switch.
nswer: d

108. Which statements about online redo log members in a group are true?

A. All files in all groups are the same size.
B. All members in a group are the same size.
C. The rollback segment size determines the member size.
D. Differently size of transactions requires that the DBA should differently sized members.
Answer: b

109. Which command does a DBA use to list the current status of archiving?

Answer: a

110. When performing an open database backup, which statement is NOT true?

A.The database is fully accessible to all users.
B.The database must be operating in ARCHIVELOG mode.
C.The database can be open but only in READ ONLY mode.
D.The database tablespaces should be in BEGIN BACKUP mode.
 Answer: c

111 .Which task can a DBA perform using the export/import facility?

A.Examine log files.
B.Recreate the control file.
C.Transport tablespaces between databases.
D.Make a logical backup of the rollback segment tablespace.
Answer: c

112.Why does this command cause an error?
exp system/manager inctype=full

A.The tables to export are not identified.
B.The user system cannot perform exports.
C.The full=y parameter needs to be specified.
D.The inctype parameter is not valid parameter.
 Answer: c

113. Which import option do you use to create tables without data?

Answer: a

114. Which export option will generate code to create an initial extent that is equal to the sum of the sizes of all the extents currently allocated to an object?

Answer: d

115. Can I take 1 dump file set from my source database and import it into multiple databases?

A. Yes
B. No
Answer: a

116. EXP command is used

A. To take Backup of the Oracle Database
B. To import data from the exported dump file
C. To create Rollback segments
D. None of the above
Answer: a

117. Can we export a dropped table?

A. No
B. Yes
Answer: a

118. What is the default value for IGNORE parameter in EXP/IMP?

A. Yes
B. No
Answer: b

120. Why is Direct Path Export Faster?

A. This option By Passes the SQL Layer
B. All SGA is used for Export
C. All of the above
D. None of the above
Answer: a

121. Is there a way to estimate the size of an export job before it gets underway?

B yes
Answer: b

122. Can I monitor a Data Pump Export or Import job while the job is in progress?

A. Yes
B. No
Answer: a

123. If a job is stopped either voluntarily or involuntarily, can I restart it?

A. No
B. Yes
Answer: b

124. Does Data Pump support Flashback?

A. Yes
B. no
Answer: a

125. If the tablespace is Read Only,Can we export objects from that tablespaces?

A. Yes
B. No
Answer: a

126. Dump files exported using traditional EXP are compatible with DATAPUMP?

A. True
B. False
Answer: b

127. Before a DBA creates a transportable tablespace, which condition must be completed?

A. All indexes are disabled or dropped.
B. The target system has precreated the tablespace.
C. The target system is in the same operating system.
D. The tables containing nested tables are contained in the same tablespace.
Answer: c

128. Can we transport tablespace from one database to another database which is having SYS owned objects?

A. Yes
B. No
Answer: b

129. What is default value for TRANSPORT_TABLESPACE Parameter in EXP?

A. Yes
B. No
Answer: b

130. How to find whether tablespace is created in that database or transported from another database?

A. V$database
B Dba_tablespaces
C. Dba_data_files
D. V$transport_tablespace
Answer: b

131. Can we Perform TTS using EXPDP?

A. Yes
B. No
Answer: a

132. Can we Transport Tablespace which has Materialized View in it?

A. Yes
B. No
Answer: b

133. When would a DBA need to perform a media recovery?

A. After instance failure occurs.
B. After abnormal termination of client program.
C. After the failure of an Oracle background process.
D. After the database is shutdown by using SHUTDOWN TRANSACTIONAL.
E. When a data file is not synchronized with the other data files, redo logs, and control files.
Answer: e

134. Why would you set a data file offline when the database is in MOUNT state?

A.To minimize downtime.
B.To allow for automatic data file recovery.
C.To prevent further corruption of a damaged data file.
D.To recover it later, when database is in NOARCHIVELOG mode.
Answer: b

135. What is the causes of media failures?

A.The server computer loses power.
B.A table is accidentally truncated.
C.The user issues an abnormal interrupt.
E.There is a logic error in the application.
F.There is a head crash on the disk containing a database file.
Answer: f

136. Which of the following would not require you to perform an incomplete recovery?

A. Instance failure
B. Missing archived redo log files during a media recovery
C. Loss of all copies of the control file
D. Media failure in a user tablespace in ARCHIEVELOG mode
Answer: a

137. In what scenario you have to open a database with reset logs option?

A. Rename Database
B. Point in time recovery
C. All of the above
Answer: c

138. Is it possible take consistent backup if the database is in NOARCHIVELOG mode?

A. Yes
B. No
Answer: a

139. Database is in Archivelog mode and Loss of unbackedup datafile is__?

A. Complete Online Recovery
B. Incomplete Recovery
C. Complete Offline recovery
Answer: a

140. You should issue a backup of the control file after issuing which command?

Answer: c

141. The alert log will never contain specific information about which database backup activity) ?

A. Placing tablespaces in begin backup mode.
B. Shutting the database down with an ABORT.
C. Performing an operating system backup of the database files.
D. Changing the database backup mode from ARCHIVELOG to NOARCHIVELOG
 Answer: c

142. A tablespace becomes unavailable because of a failure. The database is running in NOARCHIVELOG mode? What should the DBA do to make the database available?

A. Perform a tablespace recovery.
B. Perform a complete database recovery.
C. Restore the data files, redo log files, and control files from an earlier copy of a full database backup.
D. There is no possibility to make the database available.

Answer: c

143. How often does a read-only tablespace need to be backed up?

A. At all database backups
B. Whenever the control file is recreated
C. Only once after the tablespace becomes read-only
D. When the database is put into ARCHIVELOG mode

Answer: c

144. With the instance down, how would you recover a lost control file?

A. Restore backup control file & recover using backup controlfile

Answer: a

145. Which action does Oracle recommend after a DBA recovers from the loss of the current online redo-log?
A. Back up the data files
B. Back up the instance
C. Back up the database
D. Back up the control file
E. Archive any unarchived online redo-logs

Answer: c

146. Which command creates a text backup of the control file?

Answer: a

147. Which option is used in the parameter file to detect corruptions in an Oracle data block?


Answer: a

148. Your database is configured in ARCHIVELOG mode. Which backups cannot be performed?

A.Open database backups.
B.Operating system backups when the database is closed.
C.Online control file backups using the ALTER CONTROLFILE BACKUP command

Answer: c

149. Which statement about an open database backup is NOT true?

A. The database must be available in ARCHIVELOG mode.
B. The database is available for use during backups.
C. All the database files copied are consistent to a point-in-time.
D. An operating system backup of the database file is required.

Answer: c

150. When performing an open database backup, which statement is NOT true?
A. The database is fully accessible to all users.
B. The database must be operating in ARCHIVELOG mode.
C. The database can be open but only in READ ONLY mode.
D. The database tablespaces should be in BEGIN BACKUP mode.

Answer: c

151. You are using hot backup without being in archivelog mode, can you recover in the event of a failure?
 A. Yes
B. No

Answer: b

152. Which following statement is true when tablespaces are put in backup mode for hot backups?

A. High Volume of REDO is generated
B. No updates to tables in that tablespace
C. All of the above
D. None of the above

Answer: a

153. Can Consistant Backup be performed when the database is open ?

A. Yes
B. No

Answer: b

154. Can we shutdown the database if it is in BEGIN BACKUP mode?

A. Yes
B. No

Answer: a

155. Which data dictionary view helps you to view whether tablespace is in BEGIN BACKUP Mode or not?

A. v$tablespace
B. V$datafile
C. V$backup

Answer: c

156. Which command is used to allow RMAN to store a group of commands in the recovery catalog?


Answer: b

157.When using Recovery Manager without a catalog, the connection to the target database

A.Must be a local connection.
B.Must be a remote connection.
C.Can be a local or a remote connection.
D.Must be specified using a Net8 service name.

Answer: c

158. Work is done by Recovery Manager through ____

A. PL/SQL packages.
B. External procedures.
C. Operating system scripts.
D. Operating system commands

Answer: d

159. You perform an incomplete database recovery using RMAN. Which state of target database is needed?
A. Mount
B. Nomount
C. Open, initially open
D. Open, initially closed

Answer: a

160. Is it possible to perform Transportable tablespace(TTS) using RMAN ?

A. Yes
B. No

Answer: a

161. Which type of file does Not RMAN include in its backups?

A. Data files
B. Control files
C. Password files
E. Online redo-logs
F. Archived redo-logs

Answer: e

162. When using Recovery Manager without a catalog, the connection to the target database should be made as _____.

C. A user with SYSDBA privilege
D. A user that owns the RMAN catalog

Answer: c

167. RMAN online backup generates excessive Redo information

A. True
B. Flase

Answer: b

168. Which background process will be invoked when we enable BLOCK CHANGE TRACKING?

A. Rvwr

Answer: b

169. Where should a recovery catalog be created?

A. In the target database
B. In the source database
C. In the auxiliary database
D. In a database different from the target database

Answer: a

170. How to list restore points in RMAN?

C. All of the above

Answer: a

171. Without LIST FAILURE can we say ADVISE FAILURE in Data Recovery Advisor?

A. Yes
B. No

Answer: a

172. Import Catalog Command is used for ____

A. Take Backup of catalog
B. To Merge Two diff catalogs
C. Catalog Recovery

Answer: b

173. Interfile backup parallelism does

A. Divide files into Multiple sections & take backup parallel
B. Database backup parallely
C. Datafiles Backup Parallely

Answer: a

174. What command would you use to create a backup control file?

Answer: Alter database backup control file to trace.

175.What are the steps involved in Database Startup?

Answer: Start an instance, Mount the Database and Open the Database.

176. Can Full Backup be performed when the database is open?

Answer: No.

177. What are the steps involved in Database Shutdown?

Answer: Close the Database, Dismount the Database and Shutdown the Instance.

178. What is Archived Redo Log?

Answer: Archived Redo Log consists of Redo Log files that have archived before being

179. What is Restricted Mode of Instance Startup?

Answer: An instance can be started in (or later altered to be in) restricted mode so that
when the database is open connections are limited only to those whose user
accounts have been granted the RESTRICTED SESSION system privilege.

180. Explain the difference between a data block, an extent and a segment.

Answer: A data block is the smallest unit of logical storage for a database object. As objects grow they take chunks of additional storage that are composed of contiguous data blocks. These groupings of contiguous data blocks are called extents. All the extents that an object takes when grouped together are considered the segment of the database

181. How do you switch from an init.ora file to a spfile?

Answer: Issue the create spfile from pfile command

182. Give two examples of how you might determine the structure of the table DEPT.

Answer: Use the describe command or use the dbms_metadata.get_ddl package.

185. Where would you look for errors from the database engine?

Answer: In the alert log.

186. What command would you use to encrypt a PL/SQL application?

Answer: WRAP 

187. How would you determine the time zone under which a database was operating?
Answer: Select DBTIMEZONE from dual;

188. When a user process fails, what background process cleans up after it?
Answer: PMON 

189. Describe what redo logs are.
Answer: Redo logs are logical and physical structures that are designed to hold all the changes made to a database and are intended to aid in the recovery of a database.

190.  How would you force a log switch?


1. What are the components of physical database structure of Oracle database?
Oracle database is comprised of three types of files. One or more datafiles, two are more redo log files, and one or more control files.
2. What are the components of logical database structure of Oracle database?
There are tablespaces and database's schema objects.
3. What is a tablespace?
A database is divided into Logical Storage Unit called tablespaces. A tablespace is used to
grouped related logical structures together.
4. What is SYSTEM tablespace and when is it created?
Every Oracle database contains a tablespace named SYSTEM, which is automatically created
when the database is created. The SYSTEM tablespace always contains the data dictionary
tables for the entire database.
5. Explain the relationship among database, tablespace and data file.
Each databases logically divided into one or more tablespaces one or more data files are
explicitly created for each tablespace.
6. What is schema?
A schema is collection of database objects of a user.
7. What are Schema Objects?
Schema objects are the logical structures that directly refer to the database's data. Schema
objects include tables, views, sequences, synonyms, indexes, clusters, database triggers,
procedures, functions packages and database links.
8. Can objects of the same schema reside in different tablespaces?
9. Can a tablespace hold objects from different schemes?
10. What is Oracle table?
A table is the basic unit of data storage in an Oracle database. The tables of a database hold all of the user accessible data. Table data is stored in rows and columns.
11. What is an Oracle view?
A view is a virtual table. Every view has a query attached to it. (The query is a SELECT statement that identifies the columns and rows of the table(s) the view uses.)
11. What is Partial Backup ?
A Partial Backup is any operating system backup short of a full backup, taken while the database is open or shut down.
12. What is Mirrored on-line Redo Log ?
A mirrored on-line redo log consists of copies of on-line redo log files physically located on
separate disks, changes made to one member of the group are made to all members.
13. What is Full Backup ?
A full backup is an operating system backup of all data files, on-line redo log files and control file that constitute ORACLE database and the parameter.
14. Can a View based on another View ?
15. Can a Tablespace hold objects from different Schemes ?
16. Can objects of the same Schema reside in different tablespaces.?
17. What is the use of Control File ?
When an instance of an ORACLE database is started, its control file is used to identify the
database and redo log files that must be opened for database operation to proceed. It is also
used in database recovery.
18. Do View contain Data ?
Views do not contain or store data.
19. What are the Referential actions supported by FOREIGN KEY integrity constraint ?
UPDATE and DELETE Restrict - A referential integrity rule that disallows the update or deletion of referenced data. DELETE Cascade - When a referenced row is deleted all associated dependent rows are deleted.
20. What are the type of Synonyms?
There are two types of Synonyms Private and Public.
21. What is a Redo Log ?
The set of Redo Log files YSDATE,UID,USER or USERENV SQL functions, or the pseudo
columns LEVEL or ROWNUM.
22. What is an Index Segment ?
Each Index has an Index segment that stores all of its data.
23. Explain the relationship among Database, Tablespace and Data file.?
Each databases logically divided into one or more tablespaces one or more data files are
explicitly created for each tablespace
24. What are the different type of Segments ?
Data Segment, Index Segment, Rollback Segment and Temporary Segment.
25. What are Clusters ?
Clusters are groups of one or more tables physically stores together to share common columns and are often used together.
26. What is an Integrity Constrains ?
An integrity constraint is a declarative way to define a business rule for a column of a table.
27. What is an Index ?
An Index is an optional structure associated with a table to have direct access to rows, which can be created to increase the performance of data retrieval. Index can be created on one or more columns of a table.
28. What is an Extent ?
An Extent is a specific number of contiguous data blocks, obtained in a single allocation, and
used to store a specific type of information.
29. What is a View ?
A view is a virtual table. Every view has a Query attached to it. (The Query is a SELECT
statement that identifies the columns and rows of the table(s) the view uses.)
30. What is Table ?
A table is the basic unit of data storage in an ORACLE database. The tables of a database hold
all of the user accessible data. Table data is stored in rows and columns.
31. Can a view based on another view?
32. What are the advantages of views?
- Provide an additional level of table security, by restricting access to a predetermined set of rows and columns of a table.
- Hide data complexity.
- Simplify commands for the user.
- Present the data in a different perspective from that of the base table.
- Store complex queries.
33. What is an Oracle sequence?
A sequence generates a serial list of unique numbers for numerical columns of a database's
34. What is a synonym?
A synonym is an alias for a table, view, sequence or program unit.
35. What are the types of synonyms?
There are two types of synonyms private and public.
36. What is a private synonym?
Only its owner can access a private synonym.
37. What is a public synonym?
Any database user can access a public synonym.
38. What are synonyms used for?
- Mask the real name and owner of an object.
- Provide public access to an object
- Provide location transparency for tables, views or program units of a remote database.
- Simplify the SQL statements for database users.
39. What is an Oracle index?
An index is an optional structure associated with a table to have direct access to rows, which can be created to increase the performance of data retrieval. Index can be created on one or more columns of a table.
40. How are the index updates?
Indexes are automatically maintained and used by Oracle. Changes to table data are automatically incorporated into all relevant indexes.
41. What is a Tablespace?
A database is divided into Logical Storage Unit called tablespaces. A tablespace is used to grouped related logical structures together
42. What is Rollback Segment ?
A Database contains one or more Rollback Segments to temporarily store "undo" information.
43. What are the Characteristics of Data Files ?
A data file can be associated with only one database. Once created a data file can't change size. One or more data files form a logical unit of database storage called a tablespace.
44. How to define Data Block size ?
A data block size is specified for each ORACLE database when the database is created. A
database users and allocated free database space in ORACLE datablocks. Block size is specified
in INIT.ORA file and can?t be changed latter.
45. What does a Control file Contain ?
A Control file records the physical structure of the database. It contains the following information.
Database Name
Names and locations of a database's files and redolog files.
Time stamp of database creation.
46.What is difference between UNIQUE constraint and PRIMARY KEY constraint ?
A column defined as UNIQUE can contain Nulls while a column defined as PRIMARY KEY can't
contain Nulls.
47.What is Index Cluster ?
A Cluster with an index on the Cluster Key
48.When does a Transaction end ?
When it is committed or Rollbacked.
49. What is the effect of setting the value "ALL_ROWS" for OPTIMIZER_GOAL parameter
of the ALTER SESSION command ? What are the factors that affect OPTIMIZER in
choosing an Optimization approach ?
Answer The OPTIMIZER_MODE initialization parameter Statistics in the Data Dictionary the
OPTIMIZER_GOAL parameter of the ALTER SESSION command hints in the statement.
50. What is the effect of setting the value "CHOOSE" for OPTIMIZER_GOAL, parameter of
the ALTER SESSION Command ?
The Optimizer chooses Cost_based approach and optimizes with the goal of best throughput if statistics for atleast one of the tables accessed by the SQL statement exist in the data dictionary. Otherwise the OPTIMIZER chooses RULE_based approach.
51. How does one create a new database? (for DBA)
One can create and modify Oracle databases using the Oracle "dbca" (Database Configuration Assistant) utility. The dbca utility is located in the $ORACLE_HOME/bin directory. The Oracle Universal Installer (oui) normally starts it after installing the database server software.
One can also create databases manually using scripts. This option, however, is falling out of
fashion, as it is quite involved and error prone. Look at this example for creating and Oracle 9i
52. What database block size should I use? (for DBA)
Oracle recommends that your database block size match, or be multiples of your operating system block size. One can use smaller block sizes, but the performance cost is significant. Your choice should depend on the type of application you are running. If you have many small transactions as with OLTP, use a smaller block size. With fewer but larger transactions, as with a DSS application, use a larger block size. If you are using a volume manager, consider your "operating system block size" to be 8K. This is because volume manager products use 8K blocks (and this is not configurable).
53. What are the different approaches used by Optimizer in choosing an execution plan ?
Rule-based and Cost-based.
54. What does ROLLBACK do ?
ROLLBACK retracts any of the changes resulting from the SQL statements in the transaction. How does one coalesce free space?(for DBA) SMON coalesces free space (extents) into larger, contiguous extents every 2 hours and even then, only for a short period of time. SMON will not coalesce free space if a tablespace's default storage parameter "pctincrease" is set to 0. With Oracle 7.3 one can manually coalesce a tablespace using the ALTER TABLESPACE ... COALESCE; command, until then use:
SQL> alter session set events 'immediate trace name coalesce level n';
Where 'n' is the tablespace number you get from SELECT TS#, NAME FROM SYS.TS$;
You can get status information about this process by selecting from the
55. How does one prevent tablespace fragmentation? (for DBA)
Always set PCTINCREASE to 0 or 100. Bizarre values for PCTINCREASE will contribute to fragmentation. For example if you set PCTINCREASE to 1 you will see that your extents are going to have weird and wacky sizes: 100K, 100K, 101K, 102K, etc. Such extents of bizarre size are rarely re-used in their entirety. PCTINCREASE of 0 or 100 gives you nice round extent sizes that can easily be reused. Eg. 100K, 100K, 200K, 400K, etc. Thiru Vadivelu contributed the following:
Use the same extent size for all the segments in a given tablespace. Locally Managed tablespaces (available from 8i onwards) with uniform extent sizes virtually eliminates any tablespace fragmentation. Note that the number of extents per segment does not cause any performance issue anymore, unless they run into thousands and thousands where additional I/O may be required to fetch the additional blocks where extent maps of the segment are stored.
56. Where can one find the high water mark for a table? (for DBA)
There is no single system table, which contains the high water mark (HWM) for a table. A table's HWM can be calculated using the results from the following SQL statements:
Thus, the tables' HWM = (query result 1) - (query result 2) - 1
NOTE: You can also use the DBMS_SPACE package and calculate the HWM = TOTAL_BLOCKS
57. What is COST-based approach to optimization ?
Considering available access paths and determining the most efficient execution plan based on statistics in the data dictionary for the tables accessed by the statement and their associated clusters and indexes.
58. What does COMMIT do ?
COMMIT makes permanent the changes resulting from all SQL statements in the transaction. The changes made by the SQL statements of a transaction become visible to other user sessions transactions that start only after transaction is committed.
59. How are extents allocated to a segment? (for DBA)
Oracle8 and above rounds off extents to a multiple of 5 blocks when more than 5 blocks are requested. If one requests 16K or 2 blocks (assuming a 8K block size), Oracle doesn't round it up to 5 blocks, but it allocates 2 blocks or 16K as requested. If one asks for 8 blocks, Oracle will round it up to 10 blocks. Space allocation also depends upon the size of contiguous free space available. If one asks for 8 blocks and Oracle finds a contiguous free space that is exactly 8 blocks, it would give it you. If it were 9 blocks, Oracle would also give it to you. Clearly Oracle doesn't always round extents to a multiple of 5 blocks. The exception to this rule is locally managed tablespaces. If a tablespace is created with local extent management and the extent size is 64K, then Oracle allocates 64K or 8 blocks assuming 8K-block size. Oracle doesn't round it up to the multiple of 5 when a tablespace is locally managed.
60. Can one rename a database user (schema)? (for DBA)
No, this is listed as Enhancement Request 158508. Workaround: Do a user-level export of user A create new user B Import system/manager fromuser=A touser=B Drop user A
61. Define Transaction ?
A Transaction is a logical unit of work that comprises one or more SQL statements executed by a single user.
62. What is Read-Only Transaction ?
A Read-Only transaction ensures that the results of each query executed in the transaction are
consistant with respect to the same point in time.
63. What is a deadlock ? Explain .
Two processes wating to update the rows of a table which are locked by the other process then deadlock arises. In a database environment this will often happen because of not issuing proper row lock commands. Poor design of front-end application may cause this situation and the performance of server will reduce drastically. These locks will be released automatically when a commit/rollback operation performed or any one of this processes being killed externally. 64. What is a Schema ?
The set of objects owned by user account is called the schema.
65. What is a cluster Key ? The related columns of the tables are called the cluster key. The cluster key is indexed using a cluster index and its value is stored only once for multiple tables in the cluster.
66. What is Parallel Server ?
Multiple instances accessing the same database (Only In Multi-CPU environments) 67. What are the basic element of Base configuration of an oracle Database ?
It consists of
one or more data files.
one or more control files.
two or more redo log files.
The Database contains
multiple users/schemas
one or more rollback segments
one or more tablespaces
Data dictionary tables
User objects (table,indexes,views etc.,)
The server that access the database consists of
SGA (Database buffer, Dictionary Cache Buffers, Redo log buffers, Shared SQL pool)
SMON (System MONito)
PMON (Process MONitor)
LGWR (LoG Write)
DBWR (Data Base Write)
CKPT (Check Point)
User Process with associated PGS
68. What is clusters ?
Group of tables physically stored together because they share common columns and are often used together is called Cluster.
69. What is an Index ? How it is implemented in Oracle Database ?
An index is a database structure used by the server to have direct access of a row in a table. An index is automatically created when a unique of primary key constraint clause is specified in create table comman (Ver 7.0)
70. What is a Database instance ? Explain
A database instance (Server) is a set of memory structure and background processes that access a set of database files. The process can be shared by all users. The memory structure that are used to store most queried data from database. This helps up to improve database performance by decreasing the amount of I/O performed against data file.
71. WWhat is the use of ANALYZE command ?
To perform one of these function on an index,table, or cluster:
- To collect statistics about object used by the optimizer and store them in the data dictionary.
- To delete statistics about the object used by object from the data dictionary.
- To validate the structure of the object.
- To identify migrated and chained rows of the table or cluster.
72. What is default tablespace ?
The Tablespace to contain schema objects created without specifying a tablespace name.
73. What are the system resources that can be controlled through Profile ?
The number of concurrent sessions the user can establish the CPU processing time available to
the user's session the CPU processing time available to a single call to ORACLE made by a SQL
statement the amount of logical I/O available to the user's session the amout of logical I/O
available to a single call to ORACLE made by a SQL statement the allowed amount of idle time
for the user's session the allowed amount of connect time for the user's session.
74. What is Tablespace Quota ?
The collective amount of disk space available to the objects in a schema on a particular
76. What are the different Levels of Auditing ?
Statement Auditing, Privilege Auditing and Object Auditing.
77. What is Statement Auditing ?
Statement auditing is the auditing of the powerful system privileges without regard to specifically
named objects
78. What are the database administrators utilities avaliable ?
SQL * DBA - This allows DBA to monitor and control an ORACLE database. SQL * Loader - It
loads data from standard operating system files (Flat files) into ORACLE database tables. Export
(EXP) and Import (imp) utilities allow you to move existing data in ORACLE format to and from
ORACLE database.
79. How can you enable automatic archiving ?
Shut the database
Backup the database
Modify/Include LOG_ARCHIVE_START_TRUE in init.ora file.
Start up the database.
80. What are roles? How can we implement roles ?
Roles are the easiest way to grant and manage common privileges needed by different groups of
database users. Creating roles and assigning provides to roles. Assign each role to group of
users. This will simplify the job of assigning privileges to individual users.
81. What are Roles ?
Roles are named groups of related privileges that are granted to users or other roles.
82. What are the use of Roles ?
REDUCED GRANTING OF PRIVILEGES - Rather than explicitly granting the same set of
privileges to many users a database administrator can grant the privileges for a group of related
users granted to a role and then grant only the role to each member of the group.
DYNAMIC PRIVILEGE MANAGEMENT - When the privileges of a group must change, only the
privileges of the role need to be modified. The security domains of all users granted the group's
role automatically reflect the changes made to the role.
SELECTIVE AVAILABILITY OF PRIVILEGES - The roles granted to a user can be selectively
enable (available for use) or disabled (not available for use). This allows specific control of a
user's privileges in any given situation.
APPLICATION AWARENESS - A database application can be designed to automatically enable
and disable selective roles when a user attempts to use the application.
83. What is Privilege Auditing ?
Privilege auditing is the auditing of the use of powerful system privileges without regard to
specifically named objects.
84. What is Object Auditing ?
Object auditing is the auditing of accesses to specific schema objects without regard to user.
85. What is Auditing ?
Monitoring of user access to aid in the investigation of database use.
85. How does one see the uptime for a database? (for DBA
Look at the following SQL query:
SELECT to_char (startup_time,'DD-MON-YYYY HH24: MI: SS') "DB Startup Time"
FROM sys.v_$instance;
Marco Bergman provided the following alternative solution:
SELECT to_char (logon_time,'Dy dd Mon HH24: MI: SS') "DB Startup Time"
FROM sys.v_$session
WHERE Sid=1 /* this is pmon */
Users still running on Oracle 7 can try one of the following queries:
Column STARTED format a18 head 'STARTUP TIME'
to_date (JUL.VALUE, 'J')
|| to_char (floor (SEC.VALUE/3600), '09')
|| ':'
-- || Substr (to_char (mod (SEC.VALUE/60, 60), '09'), 2, 2)
|| Substr (to_char (floor (mod (SEC.VALUE/60, 60)), '09'), 2, 2)
|| '.'
|| Substr (to_char (mod (SEC.VALUE, 60), '09'), 2, 2) STARTED
Where JUL.KEY like '%JULIAN%'
and SEC.KEY like '%SECOND%';
Select to_date (JUL.VALUE, 'J')
|| to_char (to_date (SEC.VALUE, 'SSSSS'), ' HH24:MI:SS') STARTED
where JUL.KEY like '%JULIAN%'
and SEC.KEY like '%SECOND%';
select to_char (to_date (JUL.VALUE, 'J') + (SEC.VALUE/86400), -Return a DATE
where JUL.KEY like '%JULIAN%'
and SEC.KEY like '%SECOND%';
86. Where are my TEMPFILES, I don't see them in V$DATAFILE or DBA_DATA_FILE? (for
Tempfiles, unlike normal datafiles, are not listed in v$datafile or dba_data_files. Instead query
v$tempfile or dba_temp_files:
SELECT * FROM v$tempfile;
SELECT * FROM dba_temp_files;
87. How do I find used/free space in a TEMPORARY tablespace? (for DBA
Unlike normal tablespaces, true temporary tablespace information is not listed in
SELECT tablespace_name, SUM (bytes used), SUM (bytes free)
FROM V$temp_space_header
GROUP BY tablespace_name;
88. What is a profile ?
Each database user is assigned a Profile that specifies limitations on various system resources
available to the user.
89. How will you enforce security using stored procedures?
Don't grant user access directly to tables within the application. Instead grant the ability to access
the procedures that access the tables. When procedure executed it will execute the privilege of
procedures owner. Users cannot access tables except via the procedure.
90. How can one see who is using a temporary segment? (for DBA
For every user using temporary space, there is an entry in SYS.V$_LOCK with type 'TS'.
All temporary segments are named 'ffff.bbbb' where 'ffff' is the file it is in and 'bbbb' is first block of
the segment. If your temporary tablespace is set to TEMPORARY, all sorts are done in one large
temporary segment. For usage stats, see SYS.V_$SORT_SEGMENT
From Oracle 8.0, one can just query SYS.v$sort_usage. Look at these examples:
select s.username, u."USER", u.tablespace, u.contents, u.extents, u.blocks
from sys.v_$session s, sys.v_$sort_usage u
where s.addr = u.session_addr
select s.osuser, s.process, s.username, s.serial#,
Sum (u.blocks)*vp.value/1024 sort_size
from sys.v_$session s, sys.v_$sort_usage u, sys.v_$parameter VP
where s.saddr = u.session_addr
and = 'db_block_size'
and s.osuser like '&1'
group by s.osuser, s.process, s.username, s.serial#, vp.value
91. How does one get the view definition of fixed views/tables?
Query v$fixed_view_definition. Example: SELECT * FROM v$fixed_view_definition WHERE
92. What are the dictionary tables used to monitor a database spaces ?
93. How can we specify the Archived log file name format and destination?
By setting the following values in init.ora file. LOG_ARCHIVE_FORMAT = arch %S/s/T/tarc (%S -
Log sequence number and is zero left paded, %s - Log sequence number not padded. %T -
Thread number lef-zero-paded and %t - Thread number not padded). The file name created is
arch 0001 are if %S is used. LOG_ARCHIVE_DEST = path.
94. What is user Account in Oracle database?
An user account is not a physical structure in Database but it is having important relationship to
the objects in the database and will be having certain privileges.
95. When will the data in the snapshot log be used?
We must be able to create a after row trigger on table (i.e., it should be not be already available)
After giving table privileges. We cannot specify snapshot log name because oracle uses the
name of the master table in the name of the database objects that support its snapshot log. The
master table name should be less than or equal to 23 characters. (The table name created will be
MLOGS_tablename, and trigger name will be TLOGS name).
96. What dynamic data replication?
Updating or Inserting records in remote database through database triggers. It may fail if remote
database is having any problem.
97. What is Two-Phase Commit ?
Two-phase commit is mechanism that guarantees a distributed transaction either commits on all
involved nodes or rolls back on all involved nodes to maintain data consistency across the global
distributed database. It has two phase, a Prepare Phase and a Commit Phase.
98. How can you Enforce Referential Integrity in snapshots ?
Time the references to occur when master tables are not in use. Peform the reference the
manually immdiately locking the master tables. We can join tables in snopshots by creating a
complex snapshots that will based on the master tables.
99. What is a SQL * NET?
SQL *NET is ORACLE's mechanism for interfacing with the communication protocols used by the
networks that facilitate distributed processing and distributed databases. It is used in Clint-Server
and Server-Server communications.
100. What is a SNAPSHOT ?
Snapshots are read-only copies of a master table located on a remote node which is periodically
refreshed to reflect changes made to the master table.
101. What is the mechanism provided by ORACLE for table replication ?
Snapshots and SNAPSHOT LOGs
102. What is snapshots?
Snapshot is an object used to dynamically replicate data between distribute database at specified
time intervals. In ver 7.0 they are read only.
103. What are the various type of snapshots?
Simple and Complex.
104. Describe two phases of Two-phase commit ?
Prepare phase - The global coordinator (initiating node) ask a participants to prepare (to promise
to commit or rollback the transaction, even if there is a failure) Commit - Phase - If all participants
respond to the coordinator that they are prepared, the coordinator asks all nodes to commit the
transaction, if all participants cannot prepare, the coordinator asks all nodes to roll back the
105. What is snapshot log ?
It is a table that maintains a record of modifications to the master table in a snapshot. It is stored
in the same database as master table and is only available for simple snapshots. It should be
created before creating snapshots.
106. What are the benefits of distributed options in databases?
Database on other servers can be updated and those transactions can be grouped together with
others in a logical unit.
Database uses a two phase commit.
107. What are the options available to refresh snapshots ?
COMPLETE - Tables are completely regenerated using the snapshots query and the master
tables every time the snapshot referenced.
FAST - If simple snapshot used then a snapshot log can be used to send the changes to the
snapshot tables.
FORCE - Default value. If possible it performs a FAST refresh; Otherwise it will perform a
complete refresh.
108. What is a SNAPSHOT LOG ?
A snapshot log is a table in the master database that is associated with the master table.
ORACLE uses a snapshot log to track the rows that have been updated in the master table.
Snapshot logs are used in updating the snapshots based on the master table.
109. What is Distributed database ?
A distributed database is a network of databases managed by multiple database servers that
appears to a user as single logical database. The data of all databases in the distributed
database can be simultaneously accessed and modified.
110. How can we reduce the network traffic?
- Replication of data in distributed environment.
- Using snapshots to replicate data.
- Using remote procedure calls.
111. Differentiate simple and complex, snapshots ?
- A simple snapshot is based on a query that does not contains GROUP BY clauses, CONNECT
BY clauses, JOINs, sub-query or snashot of operations.
- A complex snapshots contain atleast any one of the above.
112. What are the Built-ins used for sending Parameters to forms?
You can pass parameter values to a form when an application executes the call_form, New_form,
Open_form or Run_product.
113. Can you have more than one content canvas view attached with a window?
Yes. Each window you create must have atleast one content canvas view assigned to it. You can
also create a window that has manipulated content canvas view. At run time only one of the
content canvas views assign to a window is displayed at a time.
114. Is the After report trigger fired if the report execution fails?
115. Does a Before form trigger fire when the parameter form is suppressed?
116. What is SGA?
The System Global Area in an Oracle database is the area in memory to facilitate the transfer of
information between users. It holds the most recently requested structural information between
users. It holds the most recently requested structural information about the database. The
structure is database buffers, dictionary cache, redo log buffer and shared pool area.
117. What is a shared pool?
The data dictionary cache is stored in an area in SGA called the shared pool. This will allow
sharing of parsed SQL statements among concurrent users.
118. What is mean by Program Global Area (PGA)?
It is area in memory that is used by a single Oracle user process.
119. What is a data segment?
Data segment are the physical areas within a database block in which the data associated with
tables and clusters are stored.
120. What are the factors causing the reparsing of SQL statements in SGA?
Due to insufficient shared pool size.
Monitor the ratio of the reloads takes place while executing SQL statements. If the ratio is greater
than 1 then increase the SHARED_POOL_SIZE.
121. What are clusters?
Clusters are groups of one or more tables physically stores together to share common columns
and are often used together.
122. What is cluster key?
The related columns of the tables in a cluster are called the cluster key.
123. Do a view contain data?
Views do not contain or store data.
124. What is user Account in Oracle database?
A user account is not a physical structure in database but it is having important relationship to the
objects in the database and will be having certain privileges.
125. How will you enforce security using stored procedures?
Don't grant user access directly to tables within the application. Instead grant the ability to access
the procedures that access the tables. When procedure executed it will execute the privilege of
procedures owner. Users cannot access tables except via the procedure.
126. What are the dictionary tables used to monitor a database space?
127. Can a property clause itself be based on a property clause?
128. If a parameter is used in a query without being previously defined, what diff. exist
betw. report 2.0 and 2.5 when the query is applied?
While both reports 2.0 and 2.5 create the parameter, report 2.5 gives a message that a bind
parameter has been created.
129. What are the sql clauses supported in the link property sheet?
Where start with having.
130. What is trigger associated with the timer?
131. What are the trigger associated with image items?
When-image-activated fires when the operators double clicks on an image itemwhen-imagepressed
fires when an operator clicks or double clicks on an image item
132. What are the different windows events activated at runtimes?
Within this triggers, you can examine the built in system variable system. event_window to
determine the name of the window for which the trigger fired.
133. When do you use data parameter type?
When the value of a data parameter being passed to a called product is always the name of the
record group defined in the current form. Data parameters are used to pass data to produts
invoked with the run_product built-in subprogram.
134. What is difference between open_form and call_form?
when one form invokes another form by executing open_form the first form remains displayed,
and operators can navigate between the forms as desired. when one form invokes another form
by executing call_form, the called form is modal with respect to the calling form. That is, any
windows that belong to the calling form are disabled, and operators cannot navigate to them until
they first exit the called form.
135. What is new_form built-in?
When one form invokes another form by executing new_form oracle form exits the first form and
releases its memory before loading the new form calling new form completely replace the first
with the second. If there are changes pending in the first form, the operator will be prompted to
save them before the new form is loaded.
136. What is the "LOV of Validation" Property of an item? What is the use of it?
When LOV for Validation is set to True, Oracle Forms compares the current value of the text item
to the values in the first column displayed in the LOV. Whenever the validation event occurs. If the
value in the text item matches one of the values in the first column of the LOV, validation
succeeds, the LOV is not displayed, and processing continues normally. If the value in the text
item does not match one of the values in the first column of the LOV, Oracle Forms displays the
LOV and uses the text item value as the search criteria to automatically reduce the list.
137. What is the diff. when Flex mode is mode on and when it is off?
When flex mode is on, reports automatically resizes the parent when the child is resized.
138. What is the diff. when confine mode is on and when it is off?
When confine mode is on, an object cannot be moved outside its parent in the layout.
139. What are visual attributes?
Visual attributes are the font, color, pattern proprieties that you set for form and menu objects that
appear in your application interface.
140. Which of the two views should objects according to possession?
view by structure.
141. What are the two types of views available in the object navigator(specific to report
View by structure and view by type .
142. What are the vbx controls?
Vbx control provide a simple method of building and enhancing user interfaces. The controls can
use to obtain user inputs and display program outputs.vbx control where originally develop as
extensions for the ms visual basic environments and include such items as sliders, rides and
143. What is the use of transactional triggers?
Using transactional triggers we can control or modify the default functionality of the oracle forms.
144. How do you create a new session while open a new form?
Using open_form built-in setting the session option Ex. Open_form('Stocks ',active,session).
when invoke the mulitiple forms with open form and call_form in the same application, state
whether the following are true/False
145. What are the ways to monitor the performance of the report?
Use reports profile executable statement. Use SQL trace facility.
146. If two groups are not linked in the data model editor, What is the hierarchy between
Two group that is above are the left most rank higher than the group that is to right or below it.
147. An open form can not be execute the call_form procedure if you chain of called forms
has been initiated by another open form?
148. Explain about horizontal, Vertical tool bar canvas views?
Tool bar canvas views are used to create tool bars for individual windows. Horizontal tool bars are
display at the top of a window, just under its menu bar. Vertical Tool bars are displayed along the
left side of a window
149. What is the purpose of the product order option in the column property sheet?
To specify the order of individual group evaluation in a cross products.
150. What is the use of image_zoom built-in?
To manipulate images in image items.
151. How do you reference a parameter indirectly?
To indirectly reference a parameter use the NAME IN, COPY 'built-ins to indirectly set and
reference the parameters value' Example name_in ('capital parameter my param'), Copy
('SURESH','Parameter my_param')
152. What is a timer?
Timer is an "internal time clock" that you can programmatically create to perform an action each
time the times.
153. What are the two phases of block coordination?
There are two phases of block coordination: the clear phase and the population phase. During,
the clear phase, Oracle Forms navigates internally to the detail block and flushes the obsolete
detail records. During the population phase, Oracle Forms issues a SELECT statement to
repopulate the detail block with detail records associated with the new master record. These
operations are accomplished through the execution of triggers.
154. What are Most Common types of Complex master-detail relationships?
There are three most common types of complex master-detail relationships:
master with dependent details
master with independent details
detail with two masters
155. What is a text list?
The text list style list item appears as a rectangular box which displays the fixed number of
values. When the text list contains values that can not be displayed, a vertical scroll bar appears,
allowing the operator to view and select undisplayed values.
156. What is term?
The term is terminal definition file that describes the terminal form which you are using r20run.
157. What is use of term?
The term file which key is correspond to which oracle report functions.
158. What is pop list?
The pop list style list item appears initially as a single field (similar to a text item field). When the
operator selects the list icon, a list of available choices appears.
159. What is the maximum no of chars the parameter can store?
The maximum no of chars the parameter can store is only valid for char parameters, which can
be upto 64K. No parameters default to 23Bytes and Date parameter default to 7Bytes.
160. What are the default extensions of the files created by library module?
The default file extensions indicate the library module type and storage format .pll - pl/sql library
module binary
161. What are the Coordination Properties in a Master-Detail relationship?
The coordination properties are
These Properties determine when the population phase of block
coordination should occur.
162. How do you display console on a window ?
The console includes the status line and message line, and is displayed at the bottom of the
window to which it is assigned.To specify that the console should be displayed, set the console
window form property to the name of any window in the form. To include the console, set console
window to Null.
163. What are the different Parameter types?
Text ParametersData Parameters
164. State any three mouse events system variables?
165. What are the types of calculated columns available?
Summary, Formula, Placeholder column.
166. Explain about stacked canvas views?
Stacked canvas view is displayed in a window on top of, or "stacked" on the content canvas view
assigned to that same window. Stacked canvas views obscure some part of the underlying
content canvas view, and or often shown and hidden programmatically.
167. How does one do off-line database backups? (for DBA
Shut down the database from sqlplus or server manager. Backup all files to secondary storage
(eg. tapes). Ensure that you backup all data files, all control files and all log files. When
completed, restart your database.
Do the following queries to get a list of all files that needs to be backed up:
select name from sys.v_$datafile;
select member from sys.v_$logfile;
select name from sys.v_$controlfile;
Sometimes Oracle takes forever to shutdown with the "immediate" option. As workaround to this
problem, shutdown using these commands:
alter system checkpoint;
shutdown abort
startup restrict
shutdown immediate
Note that if you database is in ARCHIVELOG mode, one can still use archived log files to roll
forward from an off-line backup. If you cannot take your database down for a cold (off-line)
backup at a convenient time, switch your database into ARCHIVELOG mode and perform hot
(on-line) backups.
168. What is the difference between SHOW_EDITOR and EDIT_TEXTITEM?
Show editor is the generic built-in which accepts any editor name and takes some input string and
returns modified output string. Whereas the edit_textitem built-in needs the input focus to be in
the text item before the built-in is executed.
169. What are the built-ins that are used to Attach an LOV programmatically to an item?
(by setting the LOV_NAME property)
170. How does one do on-line database backups? (for DBA
Each tablespace that needs to be backed-up must be switched into backup mode before copying
the files out to secondary storage (tapes). Look at this simple example.
! cp xyfFile1 /backupDir/
It is better to backup tablespace for tablespace than to put all tablespaces in backup mode.
Backing them up separately incurs less overhead. When done, remember to backup your control
files. Look at this example:
ALTER SYSTEM SWITCH LOGFILE; -- Force log switch to update control file headers
NOTE: Do not run on-line backups during peak processing periods. Oracle will write complete
database blocks instead of the normal deltas to redo log files while in backup mode. This will lead
to excessive database archiving and even database freezes.
171. How does one backup a database using RMAN? (for DBA
The biggest advantage of RMAN is that it only backup used space in the database. Rman doesn't
put tablespaces in backup mode, saving on redo generation overhead. RMAN will re-read
database blocks until it gets a consistent image of it. Look at this simple backup example.
rman target sys/*** nocatalog
run {
allocate channel t1 type disk;
format '/app/oracle/db_backup/%d_t%t_s%s_p%p'
( database );
release channel t1;
Example RMAN restore:
rman target sys/*** nocatalog
run {
allocate channel t1 type disk;
# set until time 'Aug 07 2000 :51';
restore tablespace users;
recover tablespace users;
release channel t1;
The examples above are extremely simplistic and only useful for illustrating basic concepts. By
default Oracle uses the database controlfiles to store information about backups. Normally one
would rather setup a RMAN catalog database to store RMAN metadata in. Read the Oracle
Backup and Recovery Guide before implementing any RMAN backups.
Note: RMAN cannot write image copies directly to tape. One needs to use a third-party media
manager that integrates with RMAN to backup directly to tape. Alternatively one can backup to
disk and then manually copy the backups to tape.
172. What are the different file extensions that are created by oracle reports?
Rep file and Rdf file.
173. What is strip sources generate options?
Removes the source code from the library file and generates a library files that contains only
pcode. The resulting file can be used for final deployment, but can not be subsequently edited in
the designer.ex. f45gen module=old_lib.pll userid=scott/tiger strip_source YES output_file
173. How does one put a database into ARCHIVELOG mode? (for DBA
The main reason for running in archivelog mode is that one can provide 24-hour availability and
guarantee complete data recoverability. It is also necessary to enable ARCHIVELOG mode
before one can start to use on-line database backups. To enable ARCHIVELOG mode, simply
change your database startup command script, and bounce the database:
SQLPLUS> connect sys as sysdba
SQLPLUS> startup mount exclusive;
SQLPLUS> alter database archivelog;
SQLPLUS> archive log start;
SQLPLUS> alter database open;
NOTE1: Remember to take a baseline database backup right after enabling archivelog mode.
Without it one would not be able to recover. Also, implement an archivelog backup to prevent the
archive log directory from filling-up.
NOTE2: ARCHIVELOG mode was introduced with Oracle V6, and is essential for database pointin-
time recovery. Archiving can be used in combination with on-line and off-line database
NOTE3: You may want to set the following INIT.ORA parameters when enabling ARCHIVELOG
mode: log_archive_start=TRUE, log_archive_dest=... and log_archive_format=...
NOTE4: You can change the archive log destination of a database on-line with the ARCHIVE
LOG START TO 'directory'; statement. This statement is often used to switch archiving between a
set of directories.
NOTE5: When running Oracle Real Application Server (RAC), you need to shut down all nodes
before changing the database to ARCHIVELOG mode.
174. What is the basic data structure that is required for creating an LOV?
Record Group.
175. How does one backup archived log files? (for DBA
One can backup archived log files using RMAN or any operating system backup utility.
Remember to delete files after backing them up to prevent the archive log directory from filling up.
If the archive log directory becomes full, your database will hang! Look at this simple RMAN
backup script:
RMAN> run {
2> allocate channel dev1 type disk;
3> backup
4> format '/app/oracle/arch_backup/log_t%t_s%s_p%p'
5> (archivelog all delete input);
6> release channel dev1;
7> }
176. Does Oracle write to data files in begin/hot backup mode? (for DBA
Oracle will stop updating file headers, but will continue to write data to the database files even if a
tablespace is in backup mode.
In backup mode, Oracle will write out complete changed blocks to the redo log files. Normally
only deltas (changes) are logged to the redo logs. This is done to enable reconstruction of a block
if only half of it was backed up (split blocks). Because of this, one should notice increased log
activity and archiving during on-line backups.
177. What is the Maximum allowed length of Record group Column?
Record group column names cannot exceed 30 characters.
178. Which parameter can be used to set read level consistency across multiple queries?
Read only
179. What are the different types of Record Groups?
Query Record Groups
NonQuery Record Groups
State Record Groups
180. From which designation is it preferred to send the output to the printed?
181. what are difference between post database commit and post-form commit?
Post-form commit fires once during the post and commit transactions process, after the database
commit occurs. The post-form-commit trigger fires after inserts, updates and deletes have been
posted to the database but before the transactions have been finalized in the issuing the
command. The post-database-commit trigger fires after oracle forms issues the commit to
finalized transactions.
182. What are the different display styles of list items?
Pop_listText_listCombo box
183. Which of the above methods is the faster method?
performing the calculation in the query is faster.
184. With which function of summary item is the compute at options required?
percentage of total functions.
185. What are parameters?
Parameters provide a simple mechanism for defining and setting the valuesof inputs that are
required by a form at startup. Form parameters are variables of type char,number,date that you
define at design time.
186. What are the three types of user exits available ?
Oracle Precompiler exits, Oracle call interface, NonOracle user exits.
187. How many windows in a form can have console?
Only one window in a form can display the console, and you cannot change the console
assignment at runtime.
188. What is an administrative (privileged) user? (for DBA
Oracle DBAs and operators typically use administrative accounts to manage the database and
database instance. An administrative account is a user that is granted SYSOPER or SYSDBA
privileges. SYSDBA and SYSOPER allow access to a database instance even if it is not running.
Control of these privileges is managed outside of the database via password files and special
operating system groups. This password file is created with the orapwd utility.
189.What are the two repeating frame always associated with matrix object?
One down repeating frame below one across repeating frame.
190. What are the master-detail triggers?\
191. How does one connect to an administrative user? (for DBA
If an administrative user belongs to the "dba" group on Unix, or the "ORA_DBA" (ORA_sid_DBA)
group on NT, he/she can connect like this:
connect / as sysdba
No password is required. This is equivalent to the desupported "connect internal" method.
A password is required for "non-secure" administrative access. These passwords are stored in
password files. Remote connections via Net8 are classified as non-secure. Look at this example:
connect sys/password as sysdba
192. How does one create a password file? (for DBA
The Oracle Password File ($ORACLE_HOME/dbs/orapw or orapwSID) stores passwords for
users with administrative privileges. One needs to create a password files before remote
administrators (like OEM) will be allowed to connect.
Follow this procedure to create a new password file:
. Log in as the Oracle software owner
. Runcommand: orapwd file=$ORACLE_HOME/dbs/orapw$ORACLE_SID password=mypasswd
. Shutdown the database (SQLPLUS> SHUTDOWN IMMEDIATE)
. Edit the INIT.ORA file and ensure REMOTE_LOGIN_PASSWORDFILE=exclusive is set.
. Startup the database (SQLPLUS> STARTUP)
NOTE: The orapwd utility presents a security risk in that it receives a password from the
command line. This password is visible in the process table of many systems. Administrators
needs to be aware of this!
193. Is it possible to modify an external query in a report which contains it?
194. Does a grouping done for objects in the layout editor affect the grouping done in the
data model editor?
195. How does one add users to a password file? (for DBA
One can select from the SYS.V_$PWFILE_USERS view to see which users are listed in the
password file. New users can be added to the password file by granting them SYSDBA or
SYSOPER privileges, or by using the orapwd utility. GRANT SYSDBA TO scott;
196. If a break order is set on a column would it affect columns which are under the
197. Why are OPS$ accounts a security risk in a client/server environment? (for DBA
If you allow people to log in with OPS$ accounts from Windows Workstations, you cannot be sure
who they really are. With terminals, you can rely on operating system passwords, with Windows,
you cannot.
If you set REMOTE_OS_AUTHENT=TRUE in your init.ora file, Oracle assumes that the remote
OS has authenticated the user. If REMOTE_OS_AUTHENT is set to FALSE (recommended),
remote users will be unable to connect without a password. IDENTIFIED EXTERNALLY will only
be in effect from the local host. Also, if you are using "OPS$" as your prefix, you will be able to log
on locally with or without a password, regardless of whether you have identified your ID with a
password or defined it to be IDENTIFIED EXTERNALLY.
198. Do user parameters appear in the data modal editor in 2.5?
199. Can you pass data parameters to forms?
200. Is it possible to link two groups inside a cross products after the cross products
group has been created?
201. What are the different modals of windows?
Modalless windows
Modal windows
202. What are modal windows?
Modal windows are usually used as dialogs, and have restricted functionality compared to
modelless windows. On some platforms for example operators cannot resize, scroll or iconify a
modal window.
203. What are the different default triggers created when Master Deletes Property is set to
Master Deletes Property Resulting Triggers
Non-Isolated(the default) On-Check-Delete-Master
204. What are the different default triggers created when Master Deletes Property is set to
Master Deletes Property Resulting Triggers
Isolated On-Clear-Details
205. What are the different default triggers created when Master Deletes Property is set to
Master Deletes Property Resulting Triggers
Cascading On-Clear-Details
206. What is the diff. bet. setting up of parameters in reports 2.0 reports2.5?
LOVs can be attached to parameters in the reports 2.5 parameter form.
207. What are the difference between lov & list item?
Lov is a property where as list item is an item. A list item can have only one column, lov can have
one or more columns.
208. What is the advantage of the library?
Libraries provide a convenient means of storing client-side program units and sharing them
among multiple applications. Once you create a library, you can attach it to any other form, menu,
or library modules. When you can call library program units from triggers menu items commands
and user named routine, you write in the modules to which you have attach the library. When a
library attaches another library, program units in the first library can reference program units in the
attached library. Library support dynamic loading-that is library program units are loaded into an
application only when needed. This can significantly reduce the run-time memory requirements of
209. What is lexical reference? How can it be created?
Lexical reference is place_holder for text that can be embedded in a sql statements. A lexical
reference can be created using & before the column or parameter name.
210. What is system.coordination_operation?
It represents the coordination causing event that occur on the master block in master-detail
211. What is synchronize?
It is a terminal screen with the internal state of the form. It updates the screen display to reflect
the information that oracle forms has in its internal representation of the screen.
212. What use of command line parameter cmd file?
It is a command line argument that allows you to specify a file that contain a set of arguments for
213. What is a Text_io Package?
It allows you to read and write information to a file in the file system.
214. What is forms_DDL?
Issues dynamic Sql statements at run time, including server side pl/SQl and DDL
215. How is link tool operation different bet. reports 2 & 2.5?
In Reports 2.0 the link tool has to be selected and then two fields to be linked are selected and
the link is automatically created. In 2.5 the first field is selected and the link tool is then used to
link the first field to the second field.
216. What are the different styles of activation of ole Objects?
In place activationExternal activation
217. How do you reference a Parameter?
In Pl/Sql, You can reference and set the values of form parameters using bind variables syntax.
Ex. PARAMETER name = '' or :block.item = PARAMETER Parameter name
218. What is the difference between object embedding & linking in Oracle forms?
In Oracle forms, Embedded objects become part of the form module, and linked objects are
references from a form module to a linked source file.
219. Name of the functions used to get/set canvas properties?
Get_view_property, Set_view_property
220. What are the built-ins that are used for setting the LOV properties at runtime?
221. What are the built-ins used for processing rows?
222. What are built-ins used for Processing rows?
223. What are the built-in used for getting cell values?
224. What are the built-ins used for Getting cell values?
225. Atleast how many set of data must a data model have before a data model can be
base on it?
226. To execute row from being displayed that still use column in the row which property
can be used?
Format trigger.
227. What are different types of modules available in oracle form?
Form module - a collection of objects and code routines Menu modules - a collection of menus
and menu item commands that together make up an application menu library module - a
collection of user named procedures, functions and packages that can be called from other
modules in the application
228. What is the remove on exit property?
For a modelless window, it determines whether oracle forms hides the window automatically
when the operators navigates to an item in the another window.
229. What is WHEN-Database-record trigger?
Fires when oracle forms first marks a record as an insert or an update. The trigger fires as soon
as oracle forms determines through validation that the record should be processed by the next
post or commit as an insert or update. c generally occurs only when the operators modifies the
first item in the record, and after the operator attempts to navigate out of the item.
230. What is a difference between pre-select and pre-query?
Fires during the execute query and count query processing after oracle forms constructs the
select statement to be issued, but before the statement is actually issued. The pre-query trigger
fires just before oracle forms issues the select statement to the database after the operator as
define the example records by entering the query criteria in enter query mode.Pre-query trigger
fires before pre-select trigger.
231. What are built-ins associated with timers?
232. What are the built-ins used for finding object ID functions?
233. What are the built-ins used for finding Object ID function?
234. Any attempt to navigate programmatically to disabled form in a call_form stack is
235. Use the Add_group_row procedure to add a row to a static record group 1. true or
236. What third party tools can be used with Oracle EBU/ RMAN? (for DBA
The following Media Management Software Vendors have integrated their media management
software packages with Oracle Recovery Manager and Oracle7 Enterprise Backup Utility. The
Media Management Vendors will provide first line technical support for the integrated
backup/recover solutions.
Veritas NetBackup
EMC Data Manager (EDM)
IBM's Tivoli Storage Manager - formerly ADSM
Legato Networker
ManageIT Backup and Recovery
Sterling Software's SAMS:Alexandria - formerly from Spectralogic
Sun Solstice Backup
237. Why and when should one tune? (for DBA
One of the biggest responsibilities of a DBA is to ensure that the Oracle database is tuned
properly. The Oracle RDBMS is highly tunable and allows the database to be monitored and
adjusted to increase its performance. One should do performance tuning for the following
The speed of computing might be wasting valuable human time (users waiting for response);
Enable your system to keep-up with the speed business is conducted; and Optimize hardware
usage to save money (companies are spending millions on hardware). Although this FAQ is not
overly concerned with hardware issues, one needs to remember than you cannot tune a Buick
into a Ferrari.
238. How can a break order be created on a column in an existing group? What are the
various sub events a mouse double click event involves?
By dragging the column outside the group.
239. What is the use of place holder column? What are the various sub events a mouse
double click event involves?
A placeholder column is used to hold calculated values at a specified place rather than allowing is
to appear in the actual row where it has to appear.
240. What is the use of hidden column? What are the various sub events a mouse double
click event involves?
A hidden column is used to when a column has to embed into boilerplate text.
241. What database aspects should be monitored? (for DBA
One should implement a monitoring system to constantly monitor the following aspects of a
database. Writing custom scripts, implementing Oracle's Enterprise Manager, or buying a thirdparty
monitoring product can achieve this. If an alarm is triggered, the system should
automatically notify the DBA (e-mail, page, etc.) to take appropriate action.
Infrastructure availability:
. Is the database up and responding to requests
. Are the listeners up and responding to requests
. Are the Oracle Names and LDAP Servers up and responding to requests
. Are the Web Listeners up and responding to requests
Things that can cause service outages:
. Is the archive log destination filling up?
. Objects getting close to their max extents
. User and process limits reached
Things that can cause bad performance:
See question "What tuning indicators can one use?".
242. Where should the tuning effort be directed? (for DBA
Consider the following areas for tuning. The order in which steps are listed needs to be
maintained to prevent tuning side effects. For example, it is no good increasing the buffer cache if
you can reduce I/O by rewriting a SQL statement. Database Design (if it's not too late):
Poor system performance usually results from a poor database design. One should generally
normalize to the 3NF. Selective denormalization can provide valuable performance
improvements. When designing, always keep the "data access path" in mind. Also look at proper
data partitioning, data replication, aggregation tables for decision support systems, etc.
Application Tuning:
Experience showed that approximately 80% of all Oracle system performance problems are
resolved by coding optimal SQL. Also consider proper scheduling of batch tasks after peak
working hours.
Memory Tuning:
Properly size your database buffers (shared pool, buffer cache, log buffer, etc) by looking at your
buffer hit ratios. Pin large objects into memory to prevent frequent reloads.
Disk I/O Tuning:
Database files needs to be properly sized and placed to provide maximum disk subsystem
throughput. Also look for frequent disk sorts, full table scans, missing indexes, row chaining, data
fragmentation, etc
Eliminate Database Contention:
Study database locks, latches and wait events carefully and eliminate where possible. Tune the
Operating System:
Monitor and tune operating system CPU, I/O and memory utilization. For more information, read
the related Oracle FAQ dealing with your specific operating system.
243. What are the various sub events a mouse double click event involves? What are the
various sub events a mouse double click event involves?
Double clicking the mouse consists of the mouse down, mouse up, mouse click, mouse down &
mouse up events.
245. What are the default parameter that appear at run time in the parameter screen? What
are the various sub events a mouse double click event involves?
Destype and Desname.
246. What are the built-ins used for Creating and deleting groups?
CREATE-GROUP (function)
247. What are different types of canvas views?
Content canvas views
Stacked canvas views
Horizontal toolbar
vertical toolbar.
248. What are the different types of Delete details we can establish in Master-Details?
249. What is relation between the window and canvas views?
Canvas views are the back ground objects on which you place the interface items (Text items),
check boxes, radio groups etc.,) and boilerplate objects (boxes, lines, images etc.,) that operators
interact with us they run your form . Each canvas views displayed in a window.
250. What is a User_exit?
Calls the user exit named in the user_exit_string. Invokes a 3Gl program by name which has
been properly linked into your current oracle forms executable.
251. How is it possible to select generate a select set for the query in the query property
By using the tables/columns button and then specifying the table and the column names.
252. How can values be passed bet. precompiler exits & Oracle call interface?
By using the statement EXECIAFGET & EXECIAFPUT.
253. How can a square be drawn in the layout editor of the report writer?
By using the rectangle tool while pressing the (Constraint) key.
254. How can a text file be attached to a report while creating in the report writer?
By using the link file property in the layout boiler plate property sheet.
255. How can I message to passed to the user from reports?
By using SRW.MESSAGE function.
256. Does one need to drop/ truncate objects before importing? (for DBA
Before one import rows into already populated tables, one needs to truncate or drop these tables
to get rid of the old data. If not, the new data will be appended to the existing tables. One must
always DROP existing Sequences before re-importing. If the sequences are not dropped, they
will generate numbers inconsistent with the rest of the database. Note: It is also advisable to drop
indexes before importing to speed up the import process. Indexes can easily be recreated after
the data was successfully imported.
257. How can a button be used in a report to give a drill down facility?
By setting the action associated with button to Execute pl/sql option and using the
SRW.Run_report function.
258. Can one import/export between different versions of Oracle? (for DBA
Different versions of the import utility is upwards compatible. This means that one can take an
export file created from an old export version, and import it using a later version of the import
utility. This is quite an effective way of upgrading a database from one release of Oracle to the
Oracle also ships some previous catexpX.sql scripts that can be executed as user SYS enabling
older imp/exp versions to work (for backwards compatibility). For example, one can run
$ORACLE_HOME/rdbms/admin/catexp7.sql on an Oracle 8 database to allow the Oracle 7.3
exp/imp utilities to run against an Oracle 8 database.
259. What are different types of images?
Boiler plate imagesImage Items
260. Can one export to multiple files?/ Can one beat the Unix 2 Gig limit? (for DBA
From Oracle8i, the export utility supports multiple output files. This feature enables large exports
to be divided into files whose sizes will not exceed any operating system limits (FILESIZE=
parameter). When importing from multi-file export you must provide the same filenames in the
same sequence in the FILE= parameter. Look at this example:
exp SCOTT/TIGER FILE=D:\F1.dmp,E:\F2.dmp FILESIZE=10m LOG=scott.log
Use the following technique if you use an Oracle version prior to 8i:
Create a compressed export on the fly. Depending on the type of data, you probably can export
up to 10 gigabytes to a single file. This example uses gzip. It offers the best compression I know
of, but you can also substitute it with zip, compress or whatever.
# create a named pipe
mknod exp.pipe p
# read the pipe - output to zip file in the background
gzip < exp.pipe > scott.exp.gz &
# feed the pipe
exp userid=scott/tiger file=exp.pipe ...
261. What is bind reference and how can it be created?
Bind reference are used to replace the single value in sql, pl/sql statements a bind reference can
be created using a (:) before a column or a parameter name.
262. How can one improve Import/ Export performance? (for DBA
. Set the BUFFER parameter to a high value (e.g. 2M)
. Set the RECORDLENGTH parameter to a high value (e.g. 64K)
. Stop unnecessary applications to free-up resources for your job.
. If you run multiple export sessions, ensure they write to different physical disks.
. DO NOT export to an NFS mounted filesystem. It will take forever.
. Create an indexfile so that you can create indexes AFTER you have imported data. Do this by
setting INDEXFILE to a filename and then import. No data will be imported but a file containing
index definitions will be created. You must edit this file afterwards and supply the passwords for
the schemas on all CONNECT statements.
. Place the file to be imported on a separate physical disk from the oracle data files
. Increase DB_CACHE_SIZE (DB_BLOCK_BUFFERS prior to 9i) considerably in the init$SID.ora
. Set the LOG_BUFFER to a big value and restart oracle.
. Stop redo log archiving if it is running (ALTER DATABASE NOARCHIVELOG;)
. Create a BIG tablespace with a BIG rollback segment inside. Set all other rollback segments
offline (except the SYSTEM rollback segment of course). The rollback segment must be as big as
your biggest table (I think?)
. Use COMMIT=N in the import parameter file if you can afford it
. Use ANALYZE=N in the import parameter file to avoid time consuming ANALYZE statements
. Remember to run the indexfile previously created
263. Give the sequence of execution of the various report triggers?
Before form , After form , Before report, Between page, After report.
264. What are the common Import/ Export problems? (for DBA
ORA-00001: Unique constraint (...) violated - You are importing duplicate rows. Use IGNORE=NO
to skip tables that already exist (imp will give an error if the object is re-created).
ORA-01555: Snapshot too old - Ask your users to STOP working while you are exporting or use
ORA-01562: Failed to extend rollback segment - Create bigger rollback segments or set
parameter COMMIT=Y while importing
IMP-00015: Statement failed ... object already exists... - Use the IGNORE=Y import parameter to
ignore these errors, but be careful as you might end up with duplicate rows.
265. Why is it preferable to create a fewer no. of queries in the data model?
Because for each query, report has to open a separate cursor and has to rebind, execute and
fetch data.
266. Where is the external query executed at the client or the server?
At the server.
267. Where is a procedure return in an external pl/sql library executed at the client or at the
At the client.
268. What is coordination Event?
Any event that makes a different record in the master block the current record is a coordination
causing event.
269. What is the difference between OLE Server & Ole Container?
An Ole server application creates ole Objects that are embedded or linked in ole Containers ex.
Ole servers are ms_word & ms_excel. OLE containers provide a place to store, display and
manipulate objects that are created by ole server applications. Ex. oracle forms is an example of
an ole Container.
270. What is an object group?
An object group is a container for a group of objects; you define an object group when you want
to package related objects, so that you copy or reference them in other modules.
271. What is an LOV?
An LOV is a scrollable popup window that provides the operator with either a single or multi
column selection list.
272. At what point of report execution is the before Report trigger fired?
After the query is executed but before the report is executed and the records are displayed.
273. What are the built -ins used for Modifying a groups structure?
ADD_GROUP_ROW (procedure)
274. What is an user exit used for?
A way in which to pass control (and possibly arguments ) form Oracle report to another Oracle
products of 3 GL and then return control ( and ) back to Oracle reports.
275. What is the User-Named Editor?
A user named editor has the same text editing functionality as the default editor, but, because it is
a named object, you can specify editor attributes such as windows display size, position, and title.
276. My database was terminated while in BACKUP MODE, do I need to recover? (for DBA
If a database was terminated while one of its tablespaces was in BACKUP MODE (ALTER
TABLESPACE xyz BEGIN BACKUP;), it will tell you that media recovery is required when you try
to restart the database. The DBA is then required to recover the database and apply all archived
logs to the database. However, from Oracle7.2, you can simply take the individual datafiles out of
backup mode and restart the database.
One can select from V$BACKUP to see which datafiles are in backup mode. This normally saves
a significant amount of database down time.
Thiru Vadivelu contributed the following:
From Oracle9i onwards, the following command can be used to take all of the datafiles out of hot
backup mode:
The above commands need to be issued when the database is mounted.
277. What is a Static Record Group?
A static record group is not associated with a query, rather, you define its structure and row
values at design time, and they remain fixed at runtime.
278. What is a record group?
A record group is an internal Oracle Forms that structure that has a column/row framework similar
to a database table. However, unlike database tables, record groups are separate objects that
belong to the form module which they are defined.
279. My database is down and I cannot restore. What now? (for DBA
Recovery without any backup is normally not supported, however, Oracle Consulting can
sometimes extract data from an offline database using a utility called DUL (Disk UnLoad). This
utility reads data in the data files and unloads it into SQL*Loader or export dump files. DUL does
not care about rollback segments, corrupted blocks, etc, and can thus not guarantee that the data
is not logically corrupt. It is intended as an absolute last resort and will most likely cost your
company a lot of money!!!
280. I've lost my REDOLOG files, how can I get my DB back? (for DBA
The following INIT.ORA parameter may be required if your current redo logs are corrupted or
blown away. Caution is advised when enabling this parameter as you might end-up losing your
entire database. Please contact Oracle Support before using it. _allow_resetlogs_corruption =
281. What is a property clause?
A property clause is a named object that contains a list of properties and their settings. Once you
create a property clause you can base other object on it. An object based on a property can
inherit the setting of any property in the clause that makes sense for that object.
282. What is a physical page ? & What is a logical page ?
A physical page is a size of a page. That is output by the printer. The logical page is the size of
one page of the actual report as seen in the Previewer.
283. I've lost some Rollback Segments, how can I get my DB back? (for DBA
Re-start your database with the following INIT.ORA parameter if one of your rollback segments is
corrupted. You can then drop the corrupted rollback segments and create it from scratch.
Caution is advised when enabling this parameter, as uncommitted transactions will be marked as
committed. One can very well end up with lost or inconsistent data!!! Please contact Oracle
Support before using it. _Corrupted_rollback_segments = (rbs01, rbs01, rbs03, rbs04)
284. What are the differences between EBU and RMAN? (for DBA
Enterprise Backup Utility (EBU) is a functionally rich, high performance interface for backing up
Oracle7 databases. It is sometimes referred to as OEBU for Oracle Enterprise Backup Utility. The
Oracle Recovery Manager (RMAN) utility that ships with Oracle8 and above is similar to Oracle7's
EBU utility. However, there is no direct upgrade path from EBU to RMAN.
285. How does one create a RMAN recovery catalog? (for DBA
Start by creating a database schema (usually called rman). Assign an appropriate tablespace to it
and grant it the recovery_catalog_owner role. Look at this example:
sqlplus sys
SQL>create user rman identified by rman;
SQL> alter user rman default tablespace tools temporary tablespace temp;
SQL> alter user rman quota unlimited on tools;
SQL> grant connect, resource, recovery_catalog_owner to rman;
SQL> exit;
Next, log in to rman and create the catalog schema. Prior to Oracle 8i this was done by running
the catrman.sql script. rman catalog rman/rman
RMAN>create catalog tablespace tools;
RMAN> exit;
You can now continue by registering your databases in the catalog. Look at this example:
rman catalog rman/rman target backdba/backdba
RMAN> register database;
286. How can a group in a cross products be visually distinguished from a group that does
not form a cross product?
A group that forms part of a cross product will have a thicker border.
287. What is the frame & repeating frame?
A frame is a holder for a group of fields. A repeating frame is used to display a set of records
when the no. of records that are to displayed is not known before.
288. What is a combo box?
A combo box style list item combines the features found in list and text item. Unlike the pop list or
the text list style list items, the combo box style list item will both display fixed values and accept
one operator entered value.
289. What are three panes that appear in the run time pl/sql interpreter?
1. Source pane.
2. interpreter pane.
3. Navigator pane.
290. What are the two panes that Appear in the design time pl/sql interpreter?
1. Source pane.
2. Interpreter pane
291. What are the two ways by which data can be generated for a parameters list of
1. Using static values.
2. Writing select statement.
292. What are the various methods of performing a calculation in a report ?
1. Perform the calculation in the SQL statements itself.
2. Use a calculated / summary column in the data model.
293. What are the default extensions of the files created by menu module?
294. What are the default extensions of the files created by forms modules?
.fmb - form module binary
.fmx - form module executable
295. To display the page no. for each page on a report what would be the source & logical
page no. or & of physical page no.?
& physical page no.
296. It is possible to use raw devices as data files and what is the advantages over file.
system files ?
Yes. The advantages over file system files. I/O will be improved because Oracle is bye-passing
the kernnel which writing into disk. Disk Corruption will be very less.
297. What are disadvantages of having raw devices ?
We should depend on export/import utility for backup/recovery (fully reliable) The tar command
cannot be used for physical file backup, instead we can use dd command which is less flexible
and has limited recoveries.
298. What is the significance of having storage clause ?
We can plan the storage for a table as how much initial extents are required, how much can be
extended next, how much % should leave free for managing row updations etc.,
299. What is the use of INCTYPE option in EXP command ?
Type export should be performed COMPLETE,CUMULATIVE,INCREMENTAL. List the sequence
of events when a large transaction that exceeds beyond its optimal value when an entry wraps
and causes the rollback segment toexpand into anotion Completes. e. will be written.
300. What is the use of FILE option in IMP command ?
The name of the file from which import should be performed.
301. What is a Shared SQL pool?
The data dictionary cache is stored in an area in SGA called the Shared SQL Pool. This will allow
sharing of parsed SQL statements among concurrent users.
302. What is hot backup and how it can be taken?
Taking backup of archive log files when database is open. For this the ARCHIVELOG mode
should be enabled. The following files need to be backed up. All data files. All Archive log, redo
log files. All control files.
303. List the Optional Flexible Architecture (OFA) of Oracle database? or How can we
organize the tablespaces in Oracle database to have maximum performance ?
SYSTEM - Data dictionary tables.
DATA - Standard operational tables.
DATA2- Static tables used for standard operations
INDEXES - Indexes for Standard operational tables.
INDEXES1 - Indexes of static tables used for standard operations.
TOOLS - Tools table.
TOOLS1 - Indexes for tools table.
RBS - Standard Operations Rollback Segments,
RBS1,RBS2 - Additional/Special Rollback segments.
TEMP - Temporary purpose tablespace
TEMP_USER - Temporary tablespace for users.
USERS - User tablespace.
304. How to implement the multiple control files for an existing database ?
Shutdown the database Copy one of the existing control file to new location Edit Config ora file by
adding new control file. name Restart the database.
305. What is advantage of having disk shadowing/ Mirroring ?
Shadow set of disks save as a backup in the event of disk failure. In most Operating System if
any disk failure occurs it automatically switchover to place of failed disk. Improved performance
because most OS support volume shadowing can direct file I/O request to use the shadow set of
files instead of the main set of files. This reduces I/O load on the main set of disks.
306. How will you force database to use particular rollback segment ?
307. Why query fails sometimes ?
Rollback segment dynamically extent to handle larger transactions entry loads. A single
transaction may wipeout all available free space in the Rollback Segment Tablespace. This
prevents other user using Rollback segments.
308. What is the use of RECORD LENGTH option in EXP command ?
Record length in bytes.
309. How will you monitor rollback segment status ?
Querying the DBA_ROLLBACK_SEGS view
IN USE - Rollback Segment is on-line.
AVAILABLE - Rollback Segment available but not on-line.
OFF-LINE - Rollback Segment off-line
INVALID - Rollback Segment Dropped.
NEEDS RECOVERY - Contains data but need recovery or corupted.
PARTLY AVAILABLE - Contains data from an unresolved transaction involving a distributed
310. What is meant by Redo Log file mirroring ? How it can be achieved?
Process of having a copy of redo log files is called mirroring. This can be achieved by creating
group of log files together, so that LGWR will automatically writes them to all the members of the
current on-line redo log group. If any one group fails then database automatically switch over to
next group. It degrades performance.
311. Which parameter in Storage clause will reduce no. of rows per block?
PCTFREE parameter
Row size also reduces no of rows per block.
312. What is meant by recursive hints ?
Number of times processes repeatedly query the dictionary table is called recursive hints. It is
due to the data dictionary cache is too small. By increasing the SHARED_POOL_SIZE parameter
we can optimize the size of Data Dictionary Cache.
313. What is the use of PARFILE option in EXP command ?
Name of the parameter file to be passed for export.
314. What is the difference between locks, latches, enqueues and semaphores? (for DBA
A latch is an internal Oracle mechanism used to protect data structures in the SGA from
simultaneous access. Atomic hardware instructions like TEST-AND-SET is used to implement
latches. Latches are more restrictive than locks in that they are always exclusive. Latches are
never queued, but will spin or sleep until they obtain a resource, or time out.
Enqueues and locks are different names for the same thing. Both support queuing and
concurrency. They are queued and serviced in a first-in-first-out (FIFO) order.
Semaphores are an operating system facility used to control waiting. Semaphores are controlled
by the following Unix parameters: semmni, semmns and semmsl. Typical settings are:
semmns = sum of the "processes" parameter for each instance
(see init<instance>.ora for each instance)
semmni = number of instances running simultaneously;
semmsl = semmns
315. What is a logical backup?
Logical backup involves reading a set of database records and writing them into a file. Export
utility is used for taking backup and Import utility is used to recover from backup.
316. Where can one get a list of all hidden Oracle parameters? (for DBA
Oracle initialization or INIT.ORA parameters with an underscore in front are hidden or
unsupported parameters. One can get a list of all hidden parameters by executing this query:
select *
where substr(KSPPINM,1,1) = '_';
The following query displays parameter names with their current value:
select a.ksppinm "Parameter", b.ksppstvl "Session Value", c.ksppstvl "Instance Value"
from x$ksppi a, x$ksppcv b, x$ksppsv c
where a.indx = b.indx and a.indx = c.indx
and substr(ksppinm,1,1)='_'
order by a.ksppinm;
Remember: Thou shall not play with undocumented parameters!
317. What is a database EVENT and how does one set it? (for DBA
Oracle trace events are useful for debugging the Oracle database server. The following two
examples are simply to demonstrate syntax. Refer to later notes on this page for an explanation
of what these particular events do.
Either adding them to the INIT.ORA parameter file can activate events. E.g.
event='1401 trace name errorstack, level 12'
... or, by issuing an ALTER SESSION SET EVENTS command: E.g.
alter session set events '10046 trace name context forever, level 4';
The alter session method only affects the user's current session, whereas changes to the
INIT.ORA file will affect all sessions once the database has been restarted.
318. What is a Rollback segment entry ?
It is the set of before image data blocks that contain rows that are modified by a transaction. Each
Rollback Segment entry must be completed within one rollback segment. A single rollback
segment can have multiple rollback segment entries.
319. What database events can be set? (for DBA
The following events are frequently used by DBAs and Oracle Support to diagnose problems:
" 10046 trace name context forever, level 4 Trace SQL statements and show bind variables in
trace output.
" 10046 trace name context forever, level 8 This shows wait events in the SQL trace files
" 10046 trace name context forever, level 12 This shows both bind variable names and wait
events in the SQL trace files
" 1401 trace name errorstack, level 12 1401 trace name errorstack, level 4 1401 trace name
processstate Dumps out trace information if an ORA-1401 "inserted value too large for column"
error occurs. The 1401 can be replaced by any other Oracle Server error code that you want to
" 60 trace name errorstack level 10 Show where in the code Oracle gets a deadlock (ORA-60),
and may help to diagnose the problem.
The following lists of events are examples only. They might be version specific, so please call
Oracle before using them:
" 10210 trace name context forever, level 10 10211 trace name context forever, level 10 10231
trace name context forever, level 10 These events prevent database block corruptions
" 10049 trace name context forever, level 2 Memory protect cursor
" 10210 trace name context forever, level 2 Data block check
" 10211 trace name context forever, level 2 Index block check
" 10235 trace name context forever, level 1 Memory heap check
" 10262 trace name context forever, level 300 Allow 300 bytes memory leak for connections
Note: You can use the Unix oerr command to get the description of an event. On Unix, you can
type "oerr ora 10053" from the command prompt to get event details.
320. How can one dump internal database structures? (for DBA
The following (mostly undocumented) commands can be used to obtain information about internal
database structures.
o Dump control file contents
alter session set events 'immediate trace name CONTROLF level 10'
o Dump file headers
alter session set events 'immediate trace name FILE_HDRS level 10'
o Dump redo log headers
alter session set events 'immediate trace name REDOHDR level 10'
o Dump the system state
NOTE: Take 3 successive SYSTEMSTATE dumps, with 10-minute intervals alter session set
events 'immediate trace name SYSTEMSTATE level 10'
o Dump the process state
alter session set events 'immediate trace name PROCESSSTATE level 10'
o Dump Library Cache details
alter session set events 'immediate trace name library cache level 10'
o Dump optimizer statistics whenever a SQL statement is parsed (hint: change statement or flush
pool) alter session set events '10053 trace name context forever, level 1'
o Dump a database block (File/ Block must be converted to DBA address) Convert file and block
number to a DBA (database block address).
Eg: variable x varchar2;
exec :x := dbms_utility.make_data_block_address(1,12);
print x
alter session set events 'immediate trace name blockdump level 50360894'
321. What are the different kind of export backups?
Full back - Complete database
Incremental - Only affected tables from last incremental date/full backup date.
Cumulative backup - Only affected table from the last cumulative date/full backup date.
322. How free extents are managed in Ver 6.0 and Ver 7.0 ?
Free extents cannot be merged together in Ver 6.0.
Free extents are periodically coalesces with the neighboring free extent in Ver 7.0
323. What is the use of RECORD option in EXP command?
For Incremental exports, the flag indirects whether a record will be stores data dictionary tables
recording the export.
324. What is the use of ROWS option in EXP command ?
Flag to indicate whether table rows should be exported. If 'N' only DDL statements for the
database objects will be created.
325. What is the use of COMPRESS option in EXP command ?
Flag to indicate whether export should compress fragmented segments into single extents.
326. How will you swap objects into a different table space for an existing database ?
Export the user
Perform import using the command imp system/manager file=export.dmp indexfile=newrite.sql.
This will create all definitions into newfile.sql. Drop necessary objects.
Run the script newfile.sql after altering the tablespaces.
Import from the backup for the necessary objects.
327. How does Space allocation table place within a block ?
Each block contains entries as follows
Fixed block header
Variable block header
Row Header,row date (multiple rows may exists)
PCTEREE (% of free space for row updation in future)
328. What are the factors causing the reparsing of SQL statements in SGA?
Due to insufficient Shared SQL pool size. Monitor the ratio of the reloads takes place while
executing SQL statements. If the ratio is greater than 1 then increase the SHARED_POOL_SIZE.
329. What is dictionary cache ?
Dictionary cache is information about the databse objects stored in a data dictionary table.
330. What is a Control file ?
Database overall physical architecture is maintained in a file called control file. It will be used to
maintain internal consistency and guide recovery operations. Multiple copies of control files are
331. What is Database Buffers ?
Database buffers are cache in the SGA used to hold the data blocks that are read from the data
segments in the database such as tables, indexes and clusters DB_BLOCK_BUFFERS
parameter in INIT.ORA decides the size.
332. How will you create multiple rollback segments in a database ?
Create a database which implicitly creates a SYSTEM Rollback Segment in a SYSTEM
tablespace. Create a Second Rollback Segment name R0 in the SYSTEM tablespace. Make new
rollback segment available (After shutdown, modify init.ora file and Start database) Create other
tablespaces (RBS) for rollback segments. Deactivate Rollback Segment R0 and activate the
newly created rollback segments.
333. What is cold backup? What are the elements of it?
Cold backup is taking backup of all physical files after normal shutdown of database. We need to
- All Data files.
- All Control files.
- All on-line redo log files.
- The init.ora file (Optional)
334. What is meant by redo log buffer ?
Changes made to entries are written to the on-line redo log files. So that they can be used in roll
forward operations during database recoveries. Before writing them into the redo log files, they
will first brought to redo log buffers in SGA and LGWR will write into files frequently.
LOG_BUFFER parameter will decide the size.
335. How will you estimate the space required by a non-clustered tables?
Calculate the total header size
Calculate the available dataspace per data block
Calculate the combined column lengths of the average row
Calculate the total average row size.
Calculate the average number rows that can fit in a block
Calculate the number of blocks and bytes required for the table.
After arriving the calculation, add 10 % additional space to calculate the initial extent size for a
working table.
336. How will you monitor the space allocation ?
By querying DBA_SEGMENT table/view.
337. What is meant by free extent ?
A free extent is a collection of continuous free blocks in tablespace. When a segment is dropped
its extents are reallocated and are marked as free.
338. What is the use of IGNORE option in IMP command ?
A flag to indicate whether the import should ignore errors encounter when issuing CREATE
339. What is the use of ANALYSE ( Ver 7) option in EXP command ?
A flag to indicate whether statistical information about the exported objects should be written to
export dump file.
340. What is the use of ROWS option in IMP command ?
A flag to indicate whether rows should be imported. If this is set to 'N' then only DDL for database
objects will be executed.
341. What is the use of INDEXES option in EXP command ?
A flag to indicate whether indexes on tables will be exported.
342. What is the use of INDEXES option in IMP command ?
A flag to indicate whether import should import index on tables or not.
343. What is the use of GRANT option in EXP command?
A flag to indicate whether grants on databse objects will be exported or not. Value is 'Y' or 'N'.
344. What is the use of GRANT option in IMP command ?
A flag to indicate whether grants on database objects will be imported.
345. What is the use of FULL option in EXP command ?
A flag to indicate whether full databse export should be performed.
346. What is the use of SHOW option in IMP command ?
A flag to indicate whether file content should be displayed or not.
347. What is the use of CONSTRAINTS option in EXP command ?
A flag to indicate whether constraints on table need to be exported.
348. What is the use of CONSISTENT (Ver 7) option in EXP command ?
A flag to indicate whether a read consistent version of all the exported objects should be
349. What are the different methods of backing up oracle database ?
- Logical Backups
- Cold Backups
- Hot Backups (Archive log)
350. What is the difference between ON-VALIDATE-FIELD trigger and a POST-CHANGE
trigger ?
When you changes the Existing value to null, the On-validate field trigger will fire post change
trigger will not fire. At the time of execute-query post-change trigger will fire, on-validate field
trigger will not fire.
351. When is PRE-QUERY trigger executed ?
When Execute-query or count-query Package procedures are invoked.
352. How do you trap the error in forms 3.0 ?
using On-Message or On-Error triggers.
353. How many pages you can in a single form ?
354. While specifying master/detail relationship between two blocks specifying the join
condition is a must ? True or False. ?
355. EXIT_FORM is a restricted package procedure ?a. True b. False
356. What is the usage of an ON-INSERT,ON-DELETE and ON-UPDATE TRIGGERS ?
These triggers are executes when inserting, deleting and updating operations are performed and
can be used to change the default function of insert, delete or update respectively. For Eg,
instead of inserting a row in a table an existing row can be updated in the same table.
357. What are the types of Pop-up window ?
the pop-up field editor
pop-up list of values
pop-up pages.
Alert :
358. What is an SQL *FORMS ?
SQL *forms is 4GL tool for developing and executing; Oracle based interactive application.
359. How do you control the constraints in forms ?
Select the use constraint property is ON Block definition screen.
360. What is the difference between restricted and unrestricted package procedure ?
Restricted package procedure that affects the basic functions of SQL * Forms. It cannot used in
all triggers except key triggers. Unrestricted package procedure that does not interfere with the
basic functions of SQL * Forms it can be used in any triggers.
361. A query fetched 10 records How many times does a PRE-QUERY Trigger and POSTQUERY
Trigger will get executed ?
PRE-QUERY fires once.
POST-QUERY fires 10 times.
362. Give the sequence in which triggers fired during insert operations, when the following
3 triggers are defined at the same block level ?
363. State the order in which these triggers are executed ?
364. What the PAUSE package procedure does ?
Pause suspends processing until the operator presses a function key
365. What do you mean by a page ?
Pages are collection of display information, such as constant text and graphics
366. What are the type of User Exits ?
ORACLE Precompliers user exits
OCI (ORACLE Call Interface)
Non-ORACEL user exits.
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367. What is the difference between an ON-VALIDATE-FIELD trigger and a trigger ?
On-validate-field trigger fires, when the field Validation status New or changed. Post-field-trigger
whenever the control leaving form the field, it will fire.
368. Can we use a restricted package procedure in ON-VALIDATE-FIELD Trigger ?
369. Is a Key startup trigger fires as result of a operator pressing a key explicitly ?
370. Can we use GO-BLOCK package in a pre-field trigger ?
371. Can we create two blocks with the same name in form 3.0 ?
372. What is Post-Block is a. ???
a. Navigational Trigger.
b. Key trigger
c. Transaction Trigger.
373. What does an on-clear-block Trigger fire?
It fires just before SQL * forms the current block.
374. Name the two files that are created when you generate the form give the filex
extension ?
INP (Source File)
FRM (Executable File)
375. What package procedure used for invoke sql *plus from sql *forms ?
Host (E.g. Host (sqlplus))
376. What is the significance of PAGE 0 in forms 3.0 ?
Hide the fields for internal calculation.
377. What are the different types of key triggers ?
Function Key
378. What is the difference between a Function Key Trigger and Key Function Trigger ?
Function key triggers are associated with individual SQL*FORMS function keys You can attach
Key function triggers to 10 keys or key sequences that normally do not perform any SQL *
FORMS operations. These keys referred as key F0 through key F9.
379. Committed block sometimes refer to a BASE TABLE ?
380. Error_Code is a package proecdure ?
a. True b. false
381. When is cost based optimization triggered? (for DBA
It's important to have statistics on all tables for the CBO (Cost Based Optimizer) to work correctly.
If one table involved in a statement does not have statistics, Oracle has to revert to rule-based
optimization for that statement. So you really want for all tables to have statistics right away; it
won't help much to just have the larger tables analyzed.
Generally, the CBO can change the execution plan when you:
1. Change statistics of objects by doing an ANALYZE;
2. Change some initialization parameters (for example: hash_join_enabled, sort_area_size,
382. How can one optimize %XYZ% queries? (for DBA
It is possible to improve %XYZ% queries by forcing the optimizer to scan all the entries from the
index instead of the table. This can be done by specifying hints. If the index is physically smaller
than the table (which is usually the case) it will take less time to scan the entire index than to scan
the entire table.
383. What Enter package procedure does ?
Enter Validate-data in the current validation unit.
384. Where can one find I/O statistics per table? (for DBA
The UTLESTAT report shows I/O per tablespace but one cannot see what tables in the
tablespace has the most I/O. The $ORACLE_HOME/rdbms/admin/catio.sql script creates a
sample_io procedure and table to gather the required information. After executing the procedure,
one can do a simple SELECT * FROM io_per_object; to extract the required information. For
more details, look at the header comments in the $ORACLE_HOME/rdbms/admin/catio.sql script.
385. My query was fine last week and now it is slow. Why? (for DBA
The likely cause of this is because the execution plan has changed. Generate a current explain
plan of the offending query and compare it to a previous one that was taken when the query was
performing well. Usually the previous plan is not available.
Some factors that can cause a plan to change are:
. Which tables are currently analyzed? Were they previously analyzed? (ie. Was the query using
RBO and now CBO?)
. Has OPTIMIZER_MODE been changed in INIT.ORA?
. Has the DEGREE of parallelism been defined/changed on any table?
. Have the tables been re-analyzed? Were the tables analyzed using estimate or compute? If
estimate, what percentage was used?
. Have the statistics changed?
. Has the INIT.ORA parameter DB_FILE_MULTIBLOCK_READ_COUNT been changed?
. Has the INIT.ORA parameter SORT_AREA_SIZE been changed?
. Have any other INIT.ORA parameters been changed?
. What do you think the plan should be? Run the query with hints to see if this produces the
required performance.
386. Why is Oracle not using the damn index? (for DBA
This problem normally only arises when the query plan is being generated by the Cost Based
Optimizer. The usual cause is because the CBO calculates that executing a Full Table Scan
would be faster than accessing the table via the index.
Fundamental things that can be checked are:
. USER_TAB_COLUMNS.NUM_DISTINCT - This column defines the number of distinct values
the column holds.
. USER_TABLES.NUM_ROWS - If NUM_DISTINCT = NUM_ROWS then using an index would
be preferable to doing a FULL TABLE SCAN. As the NUM_DISTINCT decreases, the cost of
using an index increase thereby is making the index less desirable.
. USER_INDEXES.CLUSTERING_FACTOR - This defines how ordered the rows are in the index.
If CLUSTERING_FACTOR approaches the number of blocks in the table, the rows are ordered. If
it approaches the number of rows in the table, the rows are randomly ordered. In such a case, it
is unlikely that index entries in the same leaf block will point to rows in the same data blocks.
. Decrease the INIT.ORA parameter DB_FILE_MULTIBLOCK_READ_COUNT - A higher value
will make the cost of a FULL TABLE SCAN cheaper.
. Remember that you MUST supply the leading column of an index, for the index to be used
(unless you use a FAST FULL SCAN or SKIP SCANNING).
. There are many other factors that affect the cost, but sometimes the above can help to show
why an index is not being used by the CBO. If from checking the above you still feel that the
query should be using an index, try specifying an index hint. Obtain an explain plan of the query
either using TKPROF with TIMED_STATISTICS, so that one can see the CPU utilization, or with
AUTOTRACE to see the statistics. Compare this to the explain plan when not using an index.
397. When should one rebuild an index? (for DBA
You can run the 'ANALYZE INDEX VALIDATE STRUCTURE' command on the affected indexes -
each invocation of this command creates a single row in the INDEX_STATS view. This row is
overwritten by the next ANALYZE INDEX command, so copy the contents of the view into a local
table after each ANALYZE. The 'badness' of the index can then be judged by the ratio of
388. What are the unrestricted procedures used to change the popup screen position
during run time ?
Resize -View
389. What is an Alert ?
An alert is window that appears in the middle of the screen overlaying a portion of the current
390. Deleting a page removes information about all the fields in that page ? a. True. b.
a. True.
391. Two popup pages can appear on the screen at a time ?Two popup pages can appear
on the screen at a time ? a. True. b. False?
a. True.
392. Classify the restricted and unrestricted procedure from the following.
a. Call
b. User-Exit
c. Call-Query
d. Up
e. Execute-Query
f. Message
g. Exit-From
h. Post
i. Break?
a. Call - unrestricted
b. User Exit - Unrestricted
c. Call_query - Unrestricted
d. Up - Restricted
e. Execute Query - Restricted
f. Message - Restricted
g. Exit_form - Restricted
h. Post - Restricted
i. Break - Unrestricted.
393. What is an User Exits ?
A user exit is a subroutine which are written in programming languages using pro*C pro *Cobol ,
etc., that link into the SQL * forms executable.
394. What is a Trigger ?
A piece of logic that is executed at or triggered by a SQL *forms event.
395. What is a Package Procedure ?
A Package procedure is built in PL/SQL procedure.
398. What is the maximum size of a form ?
255 character width and 255 characters Length.
399. What is the difference between system.current_field and system.cursor_field ?
1. System.current_field gives name of the field.
2. System.cursor_field gives name of the field with block name.
400. List the system variables related in Block and Field?
1. System.block_status
2. System.current_block
3. System.current_field
4. System.current_value
5. System.cursor_block
6. System.cursor_field
7. System.field_status.
401. What are the different types of Package Procedure ?
1. Restricted package procedure.
2. Unrestricted package procedure.
402. What are the types of TRIGGERS ?
1. Navigational Triggers.
2. Transaction Triggers.
403. Identify package function from the following ? 1. Error-Code
2. Break
3. Call
4. Error-text
5. Form-failure
6. Form-fatal
7. Execute-query
8. Anchor View
9. Message_code?
1. Error_Code
2. Error_Text
3. Form_Failure
4. Form_Fatal
5. Message_Code
403. Can you attach an lov to a field at run-time? if yes, give the build-in name.?
Yes. Set_item_proprety
404. Is it possible to attach same library to more than one form?
405. Can you attach an lov to a field at design time?
406. List the windows event triggers available in Forms 4.0?
407. What are the triggers associated with the image item?
When-Image-activated(Fires when the operator double clicks on an image Items)
When-image-pressed(fires when the operator selects or deselects the image item)
408. What is a visual attribute?
Visual Attributes are the font, color and pattern characteristics of objects that operators see and
intract with in our application.
409. How many maximum number of radio buttons can you assign to a radio group?
Unlimited no of radio buttons can be assigned to a radio group
410. How do you pass the parameters from one form to another form?
To pass one or more parameters to a called form, the calling form must perform the following
steps in a trigger or user named routine execute the create_parameter_list built-in function to
programmatically. Create a parameter list to execute the add parameter built-in procedure to add
one or more parameters list. Execute the call_form, New_form or run_product built_in procedure
and include the name or id of the parameter list to be passed to the called form.
411. What is a Layout Editor?
The Layout Editor is a graphical design facility for creating and arranging items and boilerplate
text and graphics objects in your application's interface.
412. List the Types of Items?
Text item.
Chart item.
Check box.
Display item.
Image item.
List item.
Radio Group.
User Area item.
413. List system variables available in forms 4.0, and not available in forms 3.0?
System Date_threshold
414. What are the display styles of an alert?
Stop, Caution, note
415. What built-in is used for showing the alert during run-time?
416. What built-in is used for changing the properties of the window dynamically?
417. What are the different types of windows?
Root window, secondary window.
418. What is a predefined exception available in forms 4.0?
Raise form_trigger_failure
419. What is a radio Group?
Radio groups display a fixed no of options that are mutually Exclusive. User can select one out of
n number of options.
419. What are the different type of a record group?
Query record group
Static record group
Non query record group
420. What are the menu items that oracle forms 4.0 supports?
Plain, Check,Radio, Separator, Magic
421. Give the equivalent term in forms 4.0 for the following. Page, Page 0?
Page - Canvas-View
Page 0 - Canvas-view null.
422. What triggers are associated with the radio group?
Only when-radio-changed trigger associated with radio group
Visual Attributes.
423. What are the triggers associated with a check box?
Only When-checkbox-activated Trigger associated with a Check box.
424.Can you attach an alert to a field?
425. Can a root window be made modal?
426. What is a list item?
It is a list of text elements.
427. List some built-in routines used to manipulate images in image_item?
428. Can you change the alert messages at run-time?
If yes, give the name of the built-in to change the alert messages at run-time. Yes.
429. What is the built-in used to get and set lov properties during run-time?
Record Group
430. What is the built-in routine used to count the no of rows in a group?
Get_group _row_count
System Variables
431. Give the Types of modules in a form?
432. Write the Abbreviation for the following File Extension 1. FMB 2. MMB 3. PLL?
FMB ----- Form Module Binary.
MMB ----- Menu Module Binary.
PLL ------ PL/SQL Library Module Binary.
433. List the built-in routine for controlling window during run-time?
434. List the built-in routine for controlling window during run-time?
435. What is the built-in function used for finding the alert?
436. List the editors availables in forms 4.0?
Default editor
User_defined editors
system editors.
437. What buil-in routines are used to display editor dynamicaly?
Edit_text item
438. What is an Lov?
A list of values is a single or multi column selection list displayed in a pop-up window
439. What is a record Group?
A record group is an internal oracle forms data structure that has a similar column/row frame work
to a database table
440. Give built-in routine related to a record groups?
Create_group (Function)
441. List the built-in routines for the controlling canvas views during run-time?
442. System.effective_date system variable is read only True/False?
443. What are the built_in used to trapping errors in forms 4?
Error_type return character
Error_code return number
Error_text return char
Dbms_error_code return no.
Dbms_error_text return char
444. What is Oracle Financials? (for DBA
Oracle Financials products provide organizations with solutions to a wide range of longand
short-term accounting system issues. Regardless of the size of the business, Oracle
Financials can meet accounting management demands with:
· Oracle Assets: Ensures that an organization's property and equipment investment is
accurate and that the correct asset tax accounting strategies are chosen.
· Oracle General Ledger: Offers a complete solution to journal entry, budgeting,
allocations, consolidation, and financial reporting needs.
· Oracle Inventory: Helps an organization make better inventory decisions by minimizing
stock and maximizing cash flow.
· Oracle Order Entry: Provides organizations with a sophisticated order entry system for
managing customer commitments.
· Oracle Payables: Lets an organization process more invoices with fewer staff members
and tighter controls. Helps save money through maximum discounts, bank float, and
prevention of duplicate payment.
· Oracle Personnel: Improves the management of employee- related issues by retaining
and making available every form of personnel data.
· Oracle Purchasing: Improves buying power, helps negotiate bigger discounts, eliminates
paper flow, increases financial controls, and increases productivity.
· Oracle Receivables:. Improves cash flow by letting an organization process more
payments faster, without off-line research. Helps correctly account for cash, reduce
outstanding receivables, and improve collection effectiveness.
· Oracle Revenue Accounting Gives an organization timely and accurate revenue and
flexible commissions reporting.
· Oracle Sales Analysis: Allows for better forecasting, planning. and reporting of sales
445. What are the design facilities available in forms 4.0?
Default Block facility.
Layout Editor.
Menu Editor.
Object Lists.
Property Sheets.
PL/SQL Editor.
Tables Columns Browser.
Built-ins Browser.
446. What is the most important module in Oracle Financials? (for DBA
The General Ledger (GL) module is the basis for all other Oracle Financial modules. All other
modules provide information to it. If you implement Oracle Financials, you should switch your
current GL system first.GL is relatively easy to implement. You should go live with it first to give
your implementation team a chance to be familiar with Oracle Financials.
447. What are the types of canvas-views?
Content View, Stacked View.
448. What is the MultiOrg and what is it used for? (for DBA
MultiOrg or Multiple Organizations Architecture allows multiple operating units and their
relationships to be defined within a single installation of Oracle Applications. This keeps each
operating unit's transaction data separate and secure.
Use the following query to determine if MuliOrg is intalled:
select multi_org_flag from fnd_product_groups;
449. What is the difference between Fields and FlexFields? (for DBA
A field is a position on a form that one uses to enter, view, update, or delete information. A field
prompt describes each field by telling what kind of information appears in the field, or
alternatively, what kind of information should be entered in the field.
A flexfield is an Oracle Applications field made up of segments. Each segment has an assigned
name and a set of valid values. Oracle Applications uses flexfields to capture information about
your organization. There are two types of flexfields: key flexfields and descriptive flexfields.
450. Explain types of Block in forms4.0?
Base table Blocks.
Control Blocks.
1. A base table block is one that is associated with a specific database table or view.
2. A control block is a block that is not associated with a database table. ITEMS
451. What is an Alert?
An alert is a modal window that displays a message notifies the operator of some application
455. What are the built-in routines is available in forms 4.0 to create and manipulate a
parameter list?
456 .What is a record Group?
A record group is an internal oracle forms data structure that has a similar column/row frame work
to a database table
457 What is a Navigable item?
A navigable item is one that operators can navigate to with the keyboard during default
navigation, or that Oracle forms can navigate to by executing a navigational built-in procedure.
458. What is a library in Forms 4.0?
A library is a collection of Pl/SQL program units, including user named procedures, functions &
460. How image_items can be populate to field in forms 4.0?
A fetch from a long raw database column PL/Sql assignment to executing the read_image_file
built_in procedure to get an image from the file system.
461. What is the content view and stacked view?
A content view is the "Base" view that occupies the entire content pane of the window in which it
is displayed. A stacked view differs from a content canvas view in that it is not the base view for
the window to which it is assigned
462. What is a Check Box?
A Check Box is a two state control that indicates whether a certain condition or value is on or off,
true or false. The display state of a check box is always either "checked" or "unchecked".
463. What is a canvas-view?
A canvas-view is the background object on which you layout the interface items (text-items, check
boxes, radio groups, and so on.) and boilerplate objects that operators see and interact with as
they run your form. At run-time, operators can see only those items that have been assigned to a
specific canvas. Each canvas, in term, must be displayed in a specific window.
464. Explain the following file extension related to library?
The library pll files is a portable design file comparable to an fmb form file
The library lib file is a plat form specific, generated library file comparable to a fmx form file
The pld file is Txt format file and can be used for source controlling your library files Parameter
465. Explain the usage of WHERE CURRENT OF clause in cursors ?
WHERE CURRENT OF clause in an UPDATE,DELETE statement refers to the latest row fetched
from a cursor. Database Triggers
466. Name the tables where characteristics of Package, procedure and functions are
stored ?
User_objects, User_Source and User_error.
467. Explain the two type of Cursors ?
There are two types of cursors, Implicit Cursor and Explicit Cursor. PL/SQL uses Implicit Cursors
for queries. User defined cursors are called Explicit Cursors. They can be declared and used.
468. What are two parts of package ?
The two parts of package are PACKAGE SPECIFICATION & PACKAGE BODY. Package
Specification contains declarations that are global to the packages and local to the schema.
Package Body contains actual procedures and local declaration of the procedures and cursor
469. What are two virtual tables available during database trigger execution ?
The table columns are referred as OLD.column_name and NEW.column_name.
For triggers related to INSERT only NEW.column_name values only available.
For triggers related to UPDATE only OLD.column_name NEW.column_name values only
For triggers related to DELETE only OLD.column_name values only available.
470. What is Fine Grained Auditing? (for DBA
Fine Grained Auditing (DBMS_FGA) allows auditing records to be generated when certain rows
are selected from a table. A list of defined policies can be obtained from DBA_AUDIT_POLICIES.
Audit records are stored in DBA_FGA_AUDIT_TRAIL. Look at this example:
o Add policy on table with autiting condition...
execute dbms_fga.add_policy('HR', 'EMP', 'policy1', 'deptno > 10');
o Must ANALYZE, this feature works with CBO (Cost Based Optimizer)
analyze table EMP compute statistics;
select * from EMP where c1 = 11; -- Will trigger auditing
select * from EMP where c1 = 09; -- No auditing
o Now we can see the statments that triggered the auditing condition...
select sqltext from sys.fga_log$;
delete from sys.fga_log$;
471. What is a package ? What are the advantages of packages ? What is Pragma
EXECPTION_INIT ? Explain the usage ?
The PRAGMA EXECPTION_INIT tells the complier to associate an exception with an oracle error.
To get an error message of a specific oracle error. e.g. PRAGMA EXCEPTION_INIT (exception
name, oracle error number)
472. What is Fine Grained Access Control? (for DBA
See question "What is a Virtual Private Database".
473. What is a Virtual Private Database? (for DBA
Oracle 8i introduced the notion of a Virtual Private Database (VPD). A VPD offers Fine-Grained
Access Control (FGAC) for secure separation of data. This ensures that users only have access
to data that pertains to them. Using this option, one could even store multiple companies' data
within the same schema, without them knowing about it. VPD configuration is done via the
DBMS_RLS (Row Level Security) package. Select from SYS.V$VPD_POLICY to see existing
VPD configuration.
474. What is Raise_application_error ?
Raise_application_error is a procedure of package DBMS_STANDARD which allows to issue an
user_defined error messages from stored sub-program or database trigger.
475. What is Oracle Label Security? (for DBA
Oracle Label Security (formerly called Trusted Oracle MLS RDBMS) uses the VPD (Virtual
Private Database) feature of Oracle8i to implement row level security. Access to rows are
restricted according to a user's security sensitivity tag or label. Oracle Label Security is
configured, controlled and managed from the Policy Manager, an Enterprise Manager-based GUI
476. Give the structure of the procedure ?
PROCEDURE name (parameter list.....)
local variable declarations
Executable statements.
exception handlers
477. What is OEM (Oracle Enterprise Manager)? (for DBA
OEM is a set of systems management tools provided by Oracle Corporation for managing the
Oracle environment. It provides tools to monitor the Oracle environment and automate tasks
(both one-time and repetitive in nature) to take database administration a step closer to "Lights
Out" management.
478. Question What is PL/SQL ?
PL/SQL is a procedural language that has both interactive SQL and procedural programming
language constructs such as iteration, conditional branching.
479. What are the components of OEM? (for DBA
Oracle Enterprise Manager (OEM) has the following components:
. Management Server (OMS): Middle tier server that handles communication with the intelligent
agents. The OEM Console connects to the management server to monitor and configure the
Oracle enterprise.
. Console: This is a graphical interface from where one can schedule jobs, events, and monitor
the database. The console can be opened from a Windows workstation, Unix XTerm (oemapp
command) or Web browser session (oem_webstage).
. Intelligent Agent (OIA): The OIA runs on the target database and takes care of the execution of
jobs and events scheduled through the Console.
480. What happens if a procedure that updates a column of table X is called in a database
trigger of the same table ?
Mutation of table occurs.
481. Is it possible to use Transaction control Statements such a ROLLBACK or COMMIT in
Database Trigger ? Why ?
It is not possible. As triggers are defined for each table, if you use COMMIT of ROLLBACK in a
trigger, it affects logical transaction processing.
482. How many types of database triggers can be specified on a table ? What are they ?
Insert Update Delete
Before Row o.k. o.k. o.k.
After Row o.k. o.k. o.k.
Before Statement o.k. o.k. o.k.
After Statement o.k. o.k. o.k.
If FOR EACH ROW clause is specified, then the trigger for each Row affected by the statement.
If WHEN clause is specified, the trigger fires according to the returned Boolean value.
483. What are the modes of parameters that can be passed to a procedure ?
IN,OUT,IN-OUT parameters.
484. Where the Pre_defined_exceptions are stored ?
In the standard package.
Procedures, Functions & Packages ;
485. Write the order of precedence for validation of a column in a table ?
I. done using Database triggers.
ii. done using Integarity Constraints.?
I & ii.
486. Give the structure of the function ?
FUNCTION name (argument list .....) Return datatype is
local variable declarations
executable statements
execution handlers
487. Explain how procedures and functions are called in a PL/SQL block ?
Function is called as part of an expression.
sal := calculate_sal ('a822');
procedure is called as a PL/SQL statement
calculate_bonus ('A822');
488. What are advantages fo Stored Procedures?
Extensibility,Modularity, Reusability, Maintainability and one time compilation.
489. What is an Exception ? What are types of Exception ?
Exception is the error handling part of PL/SQL block. The types are Predefined and user defined.
Some of Predefined exceptions are.
490. What are the PL/SQL Statements used in cursor processing ?
DECLARE CURSOR cursor name, OPEN cursor name, FETCH cursor name INTO or Record
types, CLOSE cursor name.
491. What are the components of a PL/SQL Block ?
Declarative part, Executable part and Exception part.
Datatypes PL/SQL
492. What is a database trigger ? Name some usages of database trigger ?
Database trigger is stored PL/SQL program unit associated with a specific database table.
Usages are Audit data modifications, Log events transparently, Enforce complex business rules
Derive column values automatically, Implement complex security authorizations. Maintain
replicate tables.
493. What is a cursor ? Why Cursor is required ?
Cursor is a named private SQL area from where information can be accessed. Cursors are
required to process rows individually for queries returning multiple rows.
494. What is a cursor for loop ?
Cursor for loop implicitly declares %ROWTYPE as loop index,opens a cursor, fetches rows of
values from active set into fields in the record and closes when all the records have been
eg. FOR emp_rec IN C1 LOOP
salary_total := salary_total +emp_rec sal;
495. What will happen after commit statement ?
Cursor C1 is
Select empno,
ename from emp;
open C1; loop
Fetch C1 into
Exit When
C1 %notfound;-----
end loop;
The cursor having query as SELECT .... FOR UPDATE gets closed after COMMIT/ROLLBACK.
The cursor having query as SELECT.... does not get closed even after COMMIT/ROLLBACK.
496. How packaged procedures and functions are called from the following?
a. Stored procedure or anonymous block
b. an application program such a PRC *C, PRO* COBOL
c. SQL *PLUS??
variable := PACKAGE NAME.FUNCTION NAME (arguments);
variable := PACKAGE NAME.FUNCTION NAME (arguments);
c. EXECUTE PACKAGE NAME.PROCEDURE if the procedures does not have any out/in-out
parameters. A function can not be called.
497. What is a stored procedure ?
A stored procedure is a sequence of statements that perform specific function.
498. What are the components of a PL/SQL block ?
A set of related declarations and procedural statements is called block.
499. What is difference between a PROCEDURE & FUNCTION ?
A FUNCTION is always returns a value using the return statement.
A PROCEDURE may return one or more values through parameters or may not return at all.
500. What is difference between a Cursor declared in a procedure and Cursor declared in a
package specification ?
A cursor declared in a package specification is global and can be accessed by other procedures
or procedures in a package.
A cursor declared in a procedure is local to the procedure that can not be accessed by other
501. What are the cursor attributes used in PL/SQL ?
%ISOPEN - to check whether cursor is open or not
% ROWCOUNT - number of rows fetched/updated/deleted.
% FOUND - to check whether cursor has fetched any row. True if rows are fetched.
% NOT FOUND - to check whether cursor has fetched any row. True if no rows are featched.
These attributes are proceeded with SQL for Implicit Cursors and with Cursor name for Explicit
502. What are % TYPE and % ROWTYPE ? What are the advantages of using these over
% TYPE provides the data type of a variable or a database column to that variable.
% ROWTYPE provides the record type that represents a entire row of a table or view or columns
selected in the cursor.
The advantages are :
I. Need not know about variable's data type
ii. If the database definition of a column in a table changes, the data type of a variable changes
503. What is difference between % ROWTYPE and TYPE RECORD ?
% ROWTYPE is to be used whenever query returns a entire row of a table or view.
TYPE rec RECORD is to be used whenever query returns columns of different table or views and
E.g. TYPE r_emp is RECORD (eno emp.empno% type,ename emp ename %type );
e_rec emp% ROWTYPE
cursor c1 is select empno,deptno from emp;
e_rec c1 %ROWTYPE.
504. What are the different types of PL/SQL program units that can be defined and stored
in ORACLE database ?
Procedures and Functions,Packages and Database Triggers.
505. What are the advantages of having a Package ?
Increased functionality (for example,global package variables can be declared and used by any
proecdure in the package) and performance (for example all objects of the package are parsed
compiled, and loaded into memory once)
506. What are the uses of Database Trigger ?
Database triggers can be used to automatic data generation, audit data modifications, enforce
complex Integrity constraints, and customize complex security authorizations.
507. What is a Procedure ?
A Procedure consist of a set of SQL and PL/SQL statements that are grouped together as a unit
to solve a specific problem or perform a set of related tasks.
508. What is a Package ?
A Package is a collection of related procedures, functions, variables and other package
constructs together as a unit in the database.
509. What is difference between Procedures and Functions ?
A Function returns a value to the caller where as a Procedure does not.
510. What is Database Trigger ?
A Database Trigger is procedure (set of SQL and PL/SQL statements) that is automatically
executed as a result of an insert in,update to, or delete from a table.
511. Can the default values be assigned to actual parameters?
512. Can a primary key contain more than one columns?
513. What is an UTL_FILE.What are different procedures and functions associated with it?
UTL_FILE is a package that adds the ability to read and write to operating system files.
Procedures associated with it are FCLOSE, FCLOSE_ALL and 5 procedures to output data to a
FFLUSH.PUT_LINE,FFLUSH.NEW_LINE. Functions associated with it are FOPEN, ISOPEN.
Using ORACLE PRECOMPILERS, SQL statements and PL/SQL blocks can be contained inside
3GL programs written in C,C++,COBOL,PASCAL, FORTRAN,PL/1 AND ADA. The Precompilers
are known as Pro*C,Pro*Cobol,... This form of PL/SQL is known as embedded pl/sql,the
language in which pl/sql is embedded is known as the host language. The prcompiler translates
the embedded SQL and pl/sql ststements into calls to the precompiler runtime library.The output
must be compiled and linked with this library to creater an executable.
515. Differentiate between TRUNCATE and DELETE?
TRUNCATE deletes much faster than DELETE
It is a DDL statement
It is a DML statement
It is a one way trip,cannot ROLLBACK
One can Rollback
Doesn't have selective features (where clause)
Doesn't fire database triggers
It requires disabling of referential constraints.
516. What is difference between a formal and an actual parameter?
The variables declared in the procedure and which are passed, as arguments are called actual,
the parameters in the procedure declaration. Actual parameters contain the values that are
passed to a procedure and receive results. Formal parameters are the placeholders for the
values of actual parameters
517. What should be the return type for a cursor variable.Can we use a scalar data type as
return type?
The return type for a cursor must be a record type.It can be declared explicitly as a user-defined
or %ROWTYPE can be used. eg TYPE t_studentsref IS REF CURSOR RETURN
518. What are different Oracle database objects?
519. What is difference between SUBSTR and INSTR?
SUBSTR returns a specified portion of a string eg SUBSTR('BCDEF',4) output BCDE INSTR
provides character position in which a pattern is found in a string. eg INSTR('ABC-DC-F','-',2)
output 7 (2nd occurence of '-')
520. Display the number value in Words?
SQL> select sal, (to_char(to_date(sal,'j'), 'jsp'))
from emp;
the output like,
--------- ----------------------------------------
800 eight hundred
1600 one thousand six hundred
1250 one thousand two hundred fifty
If you want to add some text like, Rs. Three Thousand only.
SQL> select sal "Salary ",
(' Rs. '|| (to_char(to_date(sal,'j'), 'Jsp'))|| ' only.'))
"Sal in Words" from emp
Salary Sal in Words
------- -----------------------------------------------
800 Rs. Eight Hundred only.
1600 Rs. One Thousand Six Hundred only.
1250 Rs. One Thousand Two Hundred Fifty only.
521. What is difference between SQL and SQL*PLUS?
SQL*PLUS is a command line tool where as SQL and PL/SQL language interface and reporting
tool. Its a command line tool that allows user to type SQL commands to be executed directly
against an Oracle database. SQL is a language used to query the relational
database(DML,DCL,DDL). SQL*PLUS commands are used to format query result, Set options,
Edit SQL commands and PL/SQL.
522. What are various joins used while writing SUBQUERIES?
Self join-Its a join foreign key of a table references the same table. Outer Join--Its a join condition
used where One can query all the rows of one of the tables in the join condition even though they
don't satisfy the join condition.
Equi-join--Its a join condition that retrieves rows from one or more tables in which one or more
columns in one table are equal to one or more columns in the second table.
523. What a SELECT FOR UPDATE cursor represent.?
SELECT......FROM......FOR......UPDATE[OF column-reference][NOWAIT]
The processing done in a fetch loop modifies the rows that have been retrieved by the cursor. A
convenient way of modifying the rows is done by a method with two parts: the FOR UPDATE
clause in the cursor declaration, WHERE CURRENT OF CLAUSE in an UPDATE or declaration
524. What are various privileges that a user can grant to another user?
525. Display the records between two range?
select rownum, empno, ename from emp where rowid in (select rowid from emp where rownum
<=&upto minus select rowid from emp where rownum<&Start);
526. minvalue.sql Select the Nth lowest value from a table?
select level, min('col_name') from my_table where level = '&n' connect by prior ('col_name') <
group by level;
Given a table called emp with the following columns:
-- id number
-- name varchar2(20)
-- sal number
-- For the second lowest salary:
-- select level, min(sal) from emp
-- where level=2
-- connect by prior sal < sal
-- group by level
527. What is difference between Rename and Alias?
Rename is a permanent name given to a table or column whereas Alias is a temporary name
given to a table or column which do not exist once the SQL statement is executed.
528. Difference between an implicit & an explicit cursor.?
only one row. However,queries that return more than one row you must declare an explicit cursor
or use a cursor FOR loop. Explicit cursor is a cursor in which the cursor name is explicitly
assigned to a SELECT statement via the CURSOR...IS statement. An implicit cursor is used for
all SQL statements Declare, Open, Fetch, Close. An explicit cursors are used to process multirow
SELECT statements An implicit cursor is used to process INSERT, UPDATE, DELETE and single
row SELECT. .INTO statements.
529. What is a OUTER JOIN?
Outer Join--Its a join condition used where you can query all the rows of one of the tables in the
join condition even though they don?t satisfy the join condition.
530. What is a cursor?
Oracle uses work area to execute SQL statements and store processing information PL/SQL
construct called a cursor lets you name a work area and access its stored information A cursor is
a mechanism used to fetch more than one row in a Pl/SQl block.
531. What is the purpose of a cluster?
Oracle does not allow a user to specifically locate tables, since that is a part of the function of the
RDBMS. However, for the purpose of increasing performance, oracle allows a developer to create
a CLUSTER. A CLUSTER provides a means for storing data from different tables together for
faster retrieval than if the table placement were left to the RDBMS.
532. What is OCI. What are its uses?
Oracle Call Interface is a method of accesing database from a 3GL program. Uses--No
precompiler is required,PL/SQL blocks are executed like other DML statements.
The OCI library provides
--functions to parse SQL statemets
--bind input variables
--bind output variables
--execute statements
--fetch the results
533. How you open and close a cursor variable.Why it is required?
OPEN cursor variable FOR SELECT...Statement
CLOSE cursor variable In order to associate a cursor variable with a particular SELECT
statement OPEN syntax is used. In order to free the resources used for the query CLOSE
statement is used.
534. Display Odd/ Even number of records?
Odd number of records:
select * from emp where (rowid,1) in (select rowid, mod(rownum,2) from emp);
Even number of records:
select * from emp where (rowid,0) in (select rowid, mod(rownum,2) from emp)
535. What are various constraints used in SQL?
536. Can cursor variables be stored in PL/SQL tables.If yes how. If not why?
No, a cursor variable points a row which cannot be stored in a two-dimensional PL/SQL table.
537. Difference between NO DATA FOUND and %NOTFOUND?
NO DATA FOUND is an exception raised only for the SELECT....INTO statements when the
where clause of the querydoes not match any rows. When the where clause of the explicit cursor
does not match any rows the %NOTFOUND attribute is set to TRUE instead.
538. Can you use a commit statement within a database trigger?
539. What WHERE CURRENT OF clause does in a cursor?
SELECT num_credits INTO v_numcredits FROM classes
WHERE dept=123 and course=101;
UPDATE students
FHKO;;;;;;;;;SET current_credits=current_credits+v_numcredits
540. There is a string 120000 12 0 .125 , how you will find the position of the decimal
INSTR('120000 12 0 .125',1,'.')
output 13
541. What are different modes of parameters used in functions and procedures?
542. How you were passing cursor variables in PL/SQL 2.2?
In PL/SQL 2.2 cursor variables cannot be declared in a package.This is because the storage for a
cursor variable has to be allocated using Pro*C or OCI with version 2.2, the only means of
passing a cursor variable to a PL/SQL block is via bind variable or a procedure parameter.
543. When do you use WHERE clause and when do you use HAVING clause?
HAVING clause is used when you want to specify a condition for a group function and it is written
after GROUP BY clause. The WHERE clause is used when you want to specify a condition for
columns, single row functions except group functions and it is written before GROUP BY clause if
it is used.
544. Difference between procedure and function.?
Functions are named PL/SQL blocks that return a value and can be called with arguments
procedure a named block that can be called with parameter. A procedure all is a PL/SQL
statement by itself, while a Function call is called as part of an expression.
545. Which is more faster - IN or EXISTS?
EXISTS is more faster than IN because EXISTS returns a Boolean value whereas IN returns a
546. What is syntax for dropping a procedure and a function .Are these operations
Drop Procedure procedure_name
Drop Function function_name
547. How will you delete duplicating rows from a base table?
delete from table_name where rowid not in (select max(rowid) from table group by
duplicate_values_field_name); or delete duplicate_values_field_name dv from table_name ta
where rowid <(select min(rowid) from table_name tb where ta.dv=tb.dv);
548. Difference between database triggers and form triggers?
-Data base trigger(DBT) fires when a DML operation is performed on a data base table. Form
trigger(FT) Fires when user presses a key or navigates between fields on the screen
-Can be row level or statement level No distinction between row level and statement level.
-Can manipulate data stored in Oracle tables via SQL Can manipulate data in Oracle tables as
well as variables in forms.
-Can be fired from any session executing the triggering DML statements. Can be fired only from
the form that define the trigger.
-Can cause other database triggers to fire.Can cause other database triggers to fire, but not other
form triggers.
549. What is a cursor for loop?
Cursor For Loop is a loop where oracle implicitly declares a loop variable, the loop index that of
the same record type as the cursor's record.
550. How you will avoid duplicating records in a query?
551. What is a view ?
A view is stored procedure based on one or more tables, it?s a virtual table.
552. What is difference between UNIQUE and PRIMARY KEY constraints?
A table can have only one PRIMARY KEY whereas there can be any number of UNIQUE keys.
The columns that compose PK are automatically define NOT NULL, whereas a column that
compose a UNIQUE is not automatically defined to be mandatory must also specify the column is
553. What is use of a cursor variable? How it is defined?
A cursor variable is associated with different statements at run time, which can hold different
values at run time. Static cursors can only be associated with one run time query. A cursor
variable is reference type (like a pointer in C).
Declaring a cursor variable:
TYPE type_name IS REF CURSOR RETURN return_type type_name is the name of the
reference type,return_type is a record type indicating the types of the select list that will
eventually be returned by the cursor variable.
554. How do you find the numbert of rows in a Table ?
A bad answer is count them (SELECT COUNT(*) FROM table_name)
A good answer is :-
'By generating SQL to ANALYZE TABLE table_name COUNT STATISTICS by querying Oracle
System Catalogues (e.g. USER_TABLES or ALL_TABLES).
The best answer is to refer to the utility which Oracle released which makes it unnecessary to do
ANALYZE TABLE for each Table individually.
555. What is the maximum buffer size that can be specified using the
556. What are cursor attributes?
557. There is a % sign in one field of a column. What will be the query to find it?
'' Should be used before '%'.
558. What is ON DELETE CASCADE ?
When ON DELETE CASCADE is specified ORACLE maintains referential integrity by
automatically removing dependent foreign key values if a referenced primary or unique key value
is removed.
559. What is the fastest way of accessing a row in a table ?
560. What is difference between TRUNCATE & DELETE ?
TRUNCATE commits after deleting entire table i.e., can not be rolled back. Database triggers do
not fire on TRUNCATEDELETE allows the filtered deletion. Deleted records can be rolled back or
committed.Database triggers fire on DELETE.
561. What is a transaction ?
Transaction is logical unit between two commits and commit and rollback.
562. What are the advantages of VIEW ?
To protect some of the columns of a table from other users.To hide complexity of a query.To hide
complexity of calculations.
563. How will you a activate/deactivate integrity constraints ?
The integrity constraints can be enabled or disabled by ALTER TABLE ENABLE
constraint/DISABLE constraint.
564. Where the integrity constraints are stored in Data Dictionary ?
The integrity constraints are stored in USER_CONSTRAINTS.
565. What is the Subquery ?
Sub query is a query whose return values are used in filtering conditions of the main query.
566. How to access the current value and next value from a sequence ? Is it possible to
access the current value in a session before accessing next value ?
Sequence name CURRVAL, Sequence name NEXTVAL.It is not possible. Only if you access next
value in the session, current value can be accessed.
567. What are the usage of SAVEPOINTS ?value in a session before accessing next
value ?
SAVEPOINTS are used to subdivide a transaction into smaller parts. It enables rolling back part
of a transaction. Maximum of five save points are allowed.
568. What is ROWID ?in a session before accessing next value ?
ROWID is a pseudo column attached to each row of a table. It is 18 character long, blockno,
rownumber are the components of ROWID.
569. Explain Connect by Prior ?in a session before accessing next value ?
Retrieves rows in hierarchical order.e.g. select empno, ename from emp where.
570. How many LONG columns are allowed in a table ? Is it possible to use LONG columns
in WHERE clause or ORDER BY ?
Only one LONG columns is allowed. It is not possible to use LONG column in WHERE or
ORDER BY clause.
571. What is Referential Integrity ?
Maintaining data integrity through a set of rules that restrict the values of one or more columns of
the tables based on the values of primary key or unique key of the referenced table.
572. What is a join ? Explain the different types of joins ?
Join is a query which retrieves related columns or rows from multiple tables.Self Join - Joining the
table with itself.Equi Join - Joining two tables by equating two common columns.Non-Equi Join -
Joining two tables by equating two common columns.Outer Join - Joining two tables in such a
way that query can also retrieve rows that do not have corresponding join value in the other table.
573. If an unique key constraint on DATE column is created, will it validate the rows that
are inserted with SYSDATE ?
It won't, Because SYSDATE format contains time attached with it.
574. How does one stop and start the OMS? (for DBA
Use the following command sequence to stop and start the OMS (Oracle Management Server):
oemctl start oms
oemctl status oms sysman/oem_temp
oemctl stop oms sysman/oem_temp
Windows NT/2000 users can just stop and start the required services. The default OEM
administrator is "sysman" with a password of "oem_temp".
NOTE: Use command oemctrl instead of oemctl for Oracle 8i and below.
575. What is an Integrity Constraint ?
Integrity constraint is a rule that restricts values to a column in a table.
576. How does one create a repository? (for DBA
For OEM v2 and above, start the Oracle Enterprise Manager Configuration Assistant (emca on
Unix) to create and configure the management server and repository. Remember to setup a
backup for the repository database after creating it.
577. If a View on a single base table is manipulated will the changes be reflected on the
base table ?
If changes are made to the tables which are base tables of a view will the changes be reference
on the view.
578. The following describes means to create a OEM V1.x (very old!!!) repository on
. Create a tablespace that would hold the repository data. A size between 200- 250 MB would be
ideal. Let us call it Dummy_Space.
. Create an Oracle user who would own this repository. Assign DBA, SNMPAgent,
Exp_Full_database, Imp_Full_database roles to this user. Lets call this user Dummy_user. Assign
Dummy_Space as the default tablespace.
. Create an operating system user with the same name as the Oracle username. I.e.
Dummy_User. Add 'Log on as a batch job' under advanced rights in User manager.
. Fire up Enterprise manager and log in as Dummy_User and enter the password. This would
trigger the creation of the repository. From now on, Enterprise manager is ready to accept jobs.
579. What is a database link ?
Database Link is a named path through which a remote database can be accessed.
580. How does one list one's databases in the OEM Console? (for DBA
Follow these steps to discover databases and other services from the OEM Console:
1. Ensure the GLOBAL_DBNAME parameter is set for all databases in your LISTENER.ORA file
(optional). These names will be listed in the OEM Console. Please note that names entered are
case sensitive. A portion of a listener.ora file:
(SID_NAME = ...
2. Start the Oracle Intelligent Agent on the machine you want to discover. See section "How does
one start the Oracle Intelligent Agent?".
3. Start the OEM Console, navigate to menu "Navigator/ Discover Nodes". The OEM Discovery
Wizard will guide you through the process of discovering your databases and other services.
581. What is CYCLE/NO CYCLE in a Sequence ?
CYCLE specifies that the sequence continues to generate values after reaching either maximum
or minimum value. After pan ascending sequence reaches its maximum value, it generates its
minimum value. After a descending sequence reaches its minimum, it generates its maximum.NO
CYCLE specifies that the sequence cannot generate more values after reaching its maximum or
minimum value.
582. What is correlated sub-query ?
Correlated sub query is a sub query which has reference to the main query.
583. What are the data types allowed in a table ?
584. What is difference between CHAR and VARCHAR2 ? What is the maximum SIZE
allowed for each type ?
CHAR pads blank spaces to the maximum length. VARCHAR2 does not pad blank spaces. For
CHAR it is 255 and 2000 for VARCHAR2.
585. Can a view be updated/inserted/deleted? If Yes under what conditions ?
A View can be updated/deleted/inserted if it has only one base table if the view is based on
columns from one or more tables then insert, update and delete is not possible.
586. What are the different types of Coordinations of the Master with the Detail block?
587. Use the ADD_GROUP_COLUMN function to add a column to a record group that was
created at design time? I) TRUE II)FALSE
588. Use the ADD_GROUP_ROW procedure to add a row to a static record group? I) TRUE
589. maxvalue.sql Select the Nth Highest value from a table?
select level, max('col_name') from my_table where level = '&n' connect by prior ('col_name') >
group by level;
Given a table called emp with the following columns:
-- id number
-- name varchar2(20)
-- sal number
-- For the second highest salary:
-- select level, max(sal) from emp
-- where level=2
-- connect by prior sal > sal
-- group by level
590. Find out nth highest salary from emp table?
FROM EMP B WHERE a.sal<=b.sal);
For Eg:-
Enter value for n: 2
591. Suppose a customer table is having different columns like customer no,
payments.What will be the query to select top three max payments?
SELECT customer_no, payments from customer C1
WHERE 3<=(SELECT COUNT(*) from customer C2
WHERE C1.payment <= C2.payment)
592. How you will avoid your query from using indexes?
Where emp_no+' '=12345;
i.e you have to concatenate the column name with space within codes in the where condition.
SELECT /*+ FULL(a) */ ename, emp_no from emp
where emp_no=1234;
i.e using HINTS
593. What utility is used to create a physical backup?
Either rman or alter tablespace begin backup will do..
594. What are the Back ground processes in Oracle and what are they.
This is one of the most frequently asked question.There are basically 9 Processes but in a
general system we need to mention the first five background processes.They do the house
keeping activities for the Oracle and are common in any system.
The various background processes in oracle are
a) Data Base Writer(DBWR) :: Data Base Writer Writes Modified blocks from Database buffer
cache to Data Files.This is required since the data is not written whenever a transaction is
b)LogWriter(LGWR) :: LogWriter writes the redo log entries to disk. Redo Log data is generated in
redo log buffer of SGA. As transaction commits and log buffer fills, LGWR writes log entries into a
online redo log file.
c) System Monitor(SMON) :: The System Monitor performs instance recovery at instance
startup.This is useful for recovery from system failure
d)Process Monitor(PMON) :: The Process Monitor peforms process recovery when user Process
fails. Pmon Clears and Frees resources that process was using.
e) CheckPoint(CKPT) :: At Specified times, all modified database buffers in SGA are written to
data files by DBWR at Checkpoints and Updating all data files and control files of database to
indicate the most recent checkpoint
f)Archieves(ARCH) :: The Archiver copies online redo log files to archival storal when they are
g) Recoveror(RECO) :: The Recoveror is used to resolve the distributed transaction in network
h) Dispatcher (Dnnn) :: The Dispatcher is useful in Multi Threaded Architecture
i) Lckn :: We can have upto 10 lock processes for inter instance locking in parallel sql.
595. How many types of Sql Statements are there in Oracle
There are basically 6 types of sql statments.They are
a) Data Defination Language(DDL) :: The DDL statments define and maintain objects and drop
b) Data Manipulation Language(DML) :: The DML statments manipulate database data.
c) Transaction Control Statements :: Manage change by DML
d) Session Control :: Used to control the properties of current session enabling and disabling
roles and changing .e.g :: Alter Statements,Set Role
e) System Control Statements :: Change Properties of Oracle Instance .e.g:: Alter System
f) Embedded Sql :: Incorporate DDL,DML and T.C.S in Programming Language.e.g:: Using the
Sql Statements in languages such as 'C', Open,Fetch, execute and close
596. What is a Transaction in Oracle
A transaction is a Logical unit of work that compromises one or more SQL Statements executed
by a single User. According to ANSI, a transaction begins with first executable statment and ends
when it is explicitly commited or rolled back.
597. Key Words Used in Oracle
The Key words that are used in Oracle are ::
a) Commiting :: A transaction is said to be commited when the transaction makes permanent
changes resulting from the SQL statements.
b) Rollback :: A transaction that retracts any of the changes resulting from SQL statements in
c) SavePoint :: For long transactions that contain many SQL statements, intermediate markers or
savepoints are declared. Savepoints can be used to divide a transactino into smaller points.
d) Rolling Forward :: Process of applying redo log during recovery is called rolling forward.
e) Cursor :: A cursor is a handle ( name or a pointer) for the memory associated with a specific
stament. A cursor is basically an area allocated by Oracle for executing the Sql Statement. Oracle
uses an implicit cursor statement for Single row query and Uses Explcit cursor for a multi row
f) System Global Area(SGA) :: The SGA is a shared memory region allocated by the Oracle that
contains Data and control information for one Oracle Instance.It consists of Database Buffer
Cache and Redo log Buffer.
g) Program Global Area (PGA) :: The PGA is a memory buffer that contains data and control
information for server process.
g) Database Buffer Cache :: Databese Buffer of SGA stores the most recently used blocks of
datatbase data.The set of database buffers in an instance is called Database Buffer Cache.
h) Redo log Buffer :: Redo log Buffer of SGA stores all the redo log entries.
i) Redo Log Files :: Redo log files are set of files that protect altered database data in memory
that has not been written to Data Files. They are basically used for backup when a database
j) Process :: A Process is a 'thread of control' or mechansim in Operating System that executes
series of steps.
598. What are Procedure,functions and Packages
Procedures and functions consist of set of PL/SQL statements that are grouped together as a unit
to solve a specific problem or perform set of related tasks.
Procedures do not Return values while Functions return one One Value Packages :: Packages
Provide a method of encapsulating and storing related procedures, functions, variables and other
Package Contents
599. What are Database Triggers and Stored Procedures
Database Triggers :: Database Triggers are Procedures that are automatically executed as a
result of insert in, update to, or delete from table.
Database triggers have the values old and new to denote the old value in the table before it is
deleted and the new indicated the new value that will be used. DT are useful for implementing
complex business rules which cannot be enforced using the integrity rules.We can have the
trigger as Before trigger or After Trigger and at Statement or Row level. e.g:: operations
insert,update ,delete 3 before ,after 3*2 A total of 6 combinatons
At statment level(once for the trigger) or row level( for every execution ) 6 * 2 A total of 12. Thus a
total of 12 combinations are there and the restriction of usage of 12 triggers has been lifted from
Oracle 7.3 Onwards.
Stored Procedures :: Stored Procedures are Procedures that are stored in Compiled form in the
database.The advantage of using the stored procedures is that many users can use the same
procedure in compiled and ready to use format.
600. How many Integrity Rules are there and what are they
There are Three Integrity Rules. They are as follows ::
a) Entity Integrity Rule :: The Entity Integrity Rule enforces that the Primary key cannot be Null
b) Foreign Key Integrity Rule :: The FKIR denotes that the relationship between the foreign key
and the primary key has to be enforced.When there is data in Child Tables the Master tables
cannot be deleted.
c) Business Integrity Rules :: The Third Intigrity rule is about the complex business processes
which cannot be implemented by the above 2 rules.
601. What are the Various Master and Detail Relation ships.
The various Master and Detail Relationship are
a) NonIsolated :: The Master cannot be deleted when a child is exisiting
b) Isolated :: The Master can be deleted when the child is exisiting
c) Cascading :: The child gets deleted when the Master is deleted.
602. What are the Various Block Coordination Properties
The various Block Coordination Properties are
a) Immediate Default Setting. The Detail records are shown when the Master Record are shown.
b) Deffered with Auto Query Oracle Forms defer fetching the detail records until the operator
navigates to the detail block.
c) Deffered with No Auto Query The operator must navigate to the detail block and explicitly
execute a query
603. What is in all those X$ tables? (for DBA
The following list attempts to describe some x$ tables. The list may not be complete or accurate,
but represents an attempt to figure out what information they contain. One should generally not
write queries against these tables as they are internal to Oracle, and Oracle may change them
without any prior notification.
X$K2GTE2 Kernel 2 Phase Commit Global Transaction Entry Fixed Table
X$K2GTE Kernel 2 Phase Commit Global Transaction Entry Fixed Table
X$BH Buffer headers contain information describing the current contents of a piece
of the buffer cache
Cache Buffer Current Buffer Header Fixed Table. It can predict the potential
loss of decreasing the number of database buffers. The db_block_lru_statistics
parameter has to be set to true to gather information in this table.
X$KCVFH File Header Fixed Table
X$KDNCE SGA Cache Entry Fixed Table
X$KDNST Sequence Cache Statistics Fixed Table
X$KDXHS Histogram structure Fixed Table
X$KDXST Statistics collection Fixed Table
X$KGHLU One-row summary of LRU statistics for the shared pool
X$KGLBODY Derived from X$KGLOB (col kglhdnsp = 2)
X$KGLCLUSTER Derived from X$KGLOB (col kglhdnsp = 5)
X$KGLINDEX Derived from X$KGLOB (col kglhdnsp = 4)
X$KGLLC Latch Clean-up state for library cache objects Fixed Table
X$KGLPN Library cache pin Fixed Table
X$KGLTABLE Derived from X$KGLOB (col kglhdnsp = 1)
X$KGLTR Library Cache Translation Table entry Fixed Table
X$KGLTRIGGER Derived from X$KGLOB (col kglhdnsp = 3)
X$KGLXS Library Cache Access Table
X$KKMMD Fixed table to look at what databases are mounted and their status
X$KKSBV Cursor Cache Bind Variables
X$KSMSP Each row represents a piece of memory in the shared pool
X$KSQDN Global database name
X$KSQST Enqueue statistics by type
X$KSUCF Cost function for each Kernel Profile (join to X$KSUPL)
X$KSUPL Resource Limit for each Kernel Profile
X$KSURU Resource Usage for each Kernel Profile (join with X$KSUPL)
X$KSQST Gets and waits for different types of enqueues
X$KTTVS Indicate tablespace that has valid save undo segments
X$KVII Internal instance parameters set at instance initialization
X$KVIS Oracle Data Block (size_t type) variables
X$KVIT Instance internal flags, variables and parameters that can change during the
life of an instance
X$KXFPCDS Client Dequeue Statistics
X$KXFPCMS Client Messages Statistics
X$KZDOS Represent an os role as defined by the operating system
X$KZSRO Security state Role: List of enabled roles
X$LE Lock Element: each PCM lock that is used by the buffer cache (gc_db_locks)
X$MESSAGES Displays all the different messages that can be sent to the Background
ERS NLS database parameters
Handy X$table queries
Some handy queries based on the X$ memory tables:
. Largest # blocks you can write at any given time:
select kviival write_batch_size
from x$kvii where kviitag = 'kcbswc';
. See the gets and waits for different types of enqueues:
select * from x$ksqst
where ksqstget > 0;
Oracle Kernel Subsystems
Listed below are some of the important subsystems in the Oracle kernel. This table might help
you to read those dreaded trace files and internal messages. For example, if you see messages
like this, you will at least know where they come from: OPIRIP: Uncaught error 447. Error stack:
KCF: write/open error block=0x3e800 online=1
OPI Oracle Program Interface
KK Compilation Layer - Parse SQL, compile
KX Execution Layer - Bind and execute SQL
and PL/SQL
K2 Distributed Execution Layer - 2PC handling
NPI Network Program Interface
KZ Security Layer - Validate privs
KQ Query Layer
RPI Recursive Program Interface
KA Access Layer
KD Data Layer
KT Transaction Layer
KC Cache Layer
KS Services Layer
KJ Lock Manager Layer
KG Generic Layer
KV Kernel Variables (eg. x$KVIS and X$KVII)
S or
ODS Operating System Dependencies
604. What are the Different Optimisation Techniques
The Various Optimisation techniques are
a) Execute Plan :: we can see the plan of the query and change it accordingly based on the
b) Optimizer_hint ::
Select /*+ First_Rows */ Deptno,Dname,Loc,Rowid from dept
where (Deptno > 25)
c) Optimize_Sql ::
By setting the Optimize_Sql = No, Oracle Forms assigns a single cursor for all SQL
statements.This slow downs the processing because for evertime the SQL must be parsed
whenver they are executed.
f45run module = my_firstform userid = scott/tiger optimize_sql = No
d) Optimize_Tp ::
By setting the Optimize_Tp= No, Oracle Forms assigns seperate cursor only for each query
SELECT statement. All other SQL statements reuse the cursor.
f45run module = my_firstform userid = scott/tiger optimize_Tp = No
605. How does one change an Oracle user's password?(for DBA
Issue the following SQL command:
ALTER USER <username> IDENTIFIED BY <new_password>;
From Oracle8 you can just type "password" from SQL*Plus, or if you need to change another
user's password, type "password user_name". Look at this example:
SQL> password
Changing password for SCOTT
Old password:
New password:
Retype new password:
606. How does one create and drop database users?
Look at these examples:
IDENTIFIED BY tiger -- Assign password
DEFAULT TABLESACE tools -- Assign space for table and index segments
TEMPORARY TABLESPACE temp; -- Assign sort space
DROP USER scott CASCADE; -- Remove user
After creating a new user, assign the required privileges:
GRANT DBA TO scott; -- Make user a DB Administrator
Remember to give the user some space quota on its tablespaces:
607. Who created all these users in my database?/ Can I drop this user? (for DBA
Oracle creates a number of default database users or schemas when a new database is created.
Below are a few of them:
Oracle Data Dictionary/ Catalog
Created by: ?/rdbms/admin/sql.bsq and various cat*.sql scripts
Can password be changed: Yes (Do so right after the database was created)
Can user be dropped: NO
The default DBA user name (please do not use SYS)
Created by: ?/rdbms/admin/sql.bsq
Can password be changed: Yes (Do so right after the database was created)
Can user be dropped: NO
Stored outlines for optimizer plan stability
Created by: ?/rdbms/admin/sql.bsq
Can password be changed: Yes (Do so right after the database was created)
Can user be dropped: NO
Training/ demonstration users containing the popular EMP and DEPT tables
Created by: ?/rdbms/admin/utlsampl.sql
Can password be changed: Yes
Can user be dropped: YES - Drop users cascade from all production environments
HR/HR (Human Resources), OE/OE (Order Entry), SH/SH (Sales History).
Training/ demonstration users containing the popular EMPLOYEES and DEPARTMENTS tables
Created by: ?/demo/schema/mksample.sql
Can password be changed: Yes
Can user be dropped: YES - Drop users cascade from all production environments
Oracle interMedia (ConText Cartridge) administrator user
Created by: ?/ctx/admin/dr0csys.sql
Oracle Trace server
Created by: ?/rdbms/admin/otrcsvr.sql
Oracle Intelligent agent
Created by: ?/rdbms/admin/catsnmp.sql, called from catalog.sql
Can password be changed: Yes - put the new password in snmp_rw.ora file
Can user be dropped: YES - Only if you do not use the Intelligent Agents
Object Relational Data (ORD) User used by Time Series, etc.
Created by: ?/ord/admin/ordinst.sql
Object Relational Data (ORD) User used by Time Series, etc
Created by: ?/ord/admin/ordinst.sql
Oracle Dynamic Services and Syndication Server
Created by: ?/ds/sql/dssys_init.sql
Oracle Spatial administrator user
Created by: ?/ord/admin/ordinst.sql
Used for users who do not authenticate in Aurora/ORB
Created by: ?/javavm/install/init_orb.sql called from ?/javavm/install/initjvm.sql
Oracle Statistics Package (STATSPACK) that supersedes UTLBSTAT/UTLESTAT
Created by: ?/rdbms/admin/statscre.sql
Remember to change the passwords for the SYS and SYSTEM users immediately after
Except for the user SYS, there should be no problem altering these users to use a different
default and temporary tablespace.
608. How does one enforce strict password control? (for DBA
By default Oracle's security is not extremely good. For example, Oracle will allow users to choose
single character passwords and passwords that match their names and userids. Also, passwords
don't ever expire. This means that one can hack an account for years without ever locking the
From Oracle8 one can manage passwords through profiles. Some of the things that one can
. FAILED_LOGIN_ATTEMPTS - failed login attempts before the account is locked
. PASSWORD_LIFE_TIME - limits the number of days the same password can be used for
. PASSWORD_REUSE_TIME - number of days before a password can be reused
. PASSWORD_REUSE_MAX - number of password changes required before the current
password can be reused
. PASSWORD_LOCK_TIME - number of days an account will be locked after maximum failed
login attempts
. PASSWORD_GRACE_TIME - number of days after the grace period begins during which a
warning is issued and login is allowed
. PASSWORD_VERIFY_FUNCTION - password complexity verification script
Look at this simple example:
ALTER USER scott PROFILE my_profile;
609. How does one switch to another user in Oracle? (for DBA
Users normally use the "connect" statement to connect from one database user to another.
However, DBAs can switch from one user to another without a password. Of course it is not
advisable to bridge Oracle's security, but look at this example: SQL> select password from
dba_users where username='SCOTT';
SQL> alter user scott identified by lion;
User altered.
SQL> connect scott/lion
REM Do whatever you like...
SQL> connect system/manager
SQL> alter user scott identified by values 'F894844C34402B67';
User altered.
SQL> connect scott/tiger
Note: Also see the su.sql script in the Useful Scripts and Sample Programs Page.
610. What are snap shots and views
Snapshots are mirror or replicas of tables. Views are built using the columns from one or more
tables. The Single Table View can be updated but the view with multi table cannot be updated
611. What are the OOPS concepts in Oracle.
Oracle does implement the OOPS concepts. The best example is the Property Classes. We can
categorise the properties by setting the visual attributes and then attach the property classes for
the objects. OOPS supports the concepts of objects and classes and we can consider the
peroperty classes as classes and the items as objects
612. What is the difference between candidate key, unique key and primary key
Candidate keys are the columns in the table that could be the primary keys and the primary key is
the key that has been selected to identify the rows. Unique key is also useful for identifying the
distinct rows in the table.)
613. What is concurrency
Cuncurrency is allowing simultaneous access of same data by different users. Locks useful for
accesing the database are
a) Exclusive
The exclusive lock is useful for locking the row when an insert,update or delete is being done.This
lock should not be applied when we do only select from the row.
b) Share lock
We can do the table as Share_Lock as many share_locks can be put on the same resource.
614. Previleges and Grants
Previleges are the right to execute a particulare type of SQL statements. e.g :: Right to Connect,
Right to create, Right to resource Grants are given to the objects so that the object might be
accessed accordingly.The grant has to be given by the owner of the object.
615. Table Space,Data Files,Parameter File, Control Files
Table Space :: The table space is useful for storing the data in the database.When a database is
created two table spaces are created.
a) System Table space :: This data file stores all the tables related to the system and dba tables
b) User Table space :: This data file stores all the user related tables
We should have seperate table spaces for storing the tables and indexes so that the access is
Data Files :: Every Oracle Data Base has one or more physical data files.They store the data for
the database.Every datafile is associated with only one database.Once the Data file is created
the size cannot change.To increase the size of the database to store more data we have to add
data file.
Parameter Files :: Parameter file is needed to start an instance.A parameter file contains the list
of instance configuration parameters e.g.::
db_block_buffers = 500
db_name = ORA7
db_domain = u.s.acme lang
Control Files :: Control files record the physical structure of the data files and redo log files
They contain the Db name, name and location of dbs, data files ,redo log files and time stamp.
616. Physical Storage of the Data
The finest level of granularity of the data base are the data blocks.
Data Block :: One Data Block correspond to specific number of physical database space
Extent :: Extent is the number of specific number of contigious data blocks.
Segments :: Set of Extents allocated for Extents. There are three types of Segments
a) Data Segment :: Non Clustered Table has data segment data of every table is stored in cluster
data segment
b) Index Segment :: Each Index has index segment that stores data
c) Roll Back Segment :: Temporarily store 'undo' information
617. What are the Pct Free and Pct Used
Pct Free is used to denote the percentage of the free space that is to be left when creating a
table. Similarly Pct Used is used to denote the percentage of the used space that is to be used
when creating a table
eg.:: Pctfree 20, Pctused 40
618. What is Row Chaining
The data of a row in a table may not be able to fit the same data block.Data for row is stored in a
chain of data blocks .
619. What is a 2 Phase Commit
Two Phase commit is used in distributed data base systems. This is useful to maintain the
integrity of the database so that all the users see the same values. It contains DML statements or
Remote Procedural calls that reference a remote object. There are basically 2 phases in a 2
phase commit.
a) Prepare Phase :: Global coordinator asks participants to prepare
b) Commit Phase :: Commit all participants to coordinator to Prepared, Read only or abort Reply
620. What is the difference between deleting and truncating of tables
Deleting a table will not remove the rows from the table but entry is there in the database
dictionary and it can be retrieved But truncating a table deletes it completely and it cannot be
621. What are mutating tables
When a table is in state of transition it is said to be mutating. eg :: If a row has been deleted then
the table is said to be mutating and no operations can be done on the table except select.
622. What are Codd Rules
Codd Rules describe the ideal nature of a RDBMS. No RDBMS satisfies all the 12 codd rules and
Oracle Satisfies 11 of the 12 rules and is the only Rdbms to satisfy the maximum number of rules.
623. What is Normalisation
Normalisation is the process of organising the tables to remove the redundancy.There are mainly
5 Normalisation rules.
a) 1 Normal Form :: A table is said to be in 1st Normal Form when the attributes are atomic
b) 2 Normal Form :: A table is said to be in 2nd Normal Form when all the candidate keys are
dependant on the primary key
c) 3rd Normal Form :: A table is said to be third Normal form when it is not dependant transitively
624. What is the Difference between a post query and a pre query
A post query will fire for every row that is fetched but the pre query will fire only once.
625. Deleting the Duplicate rows in the table
We can delete the duplicate rows in the table by using the Rowid
626. Can U disable database trigger? How?
Yes. With respect to table
[[ DISABLE all_trigger ]]
627. What is pseudo columns ? Name them?
A pseudocolumn behaves like a table column, but is not actually stored in the table. You can
select from pseudocolumns, but you cannot insert, update, or delete their values. This section
describes these pseudocolumns:
628. How many columns can table have?
The number of columns in a table can range from 1 to 254.
629. Is space acquired in blocks or extents ?
In extents .
630. what is clustered index?
In an indexed cluster, rows are stored together based on their cluster key values . Can not
applied for HASH.
631. what are the datatypes supported By oracle (INTERNAL)?
Varchar2, Number,Char , MLSLABEL.
632. What are attributes of cursor?
633. Can you use select in FROM clause of SQL select ?
634. Which trigger are created when master -detail rela?
master delete property
* NON-ISOLATED (default)
a) on check delete master
b) on clear details
c) on populate details
a) on clear details
b) on populate details
a) per-delete
b) on clear details
c) on populate details
635. which system variables can be set by users?
636. What are object group?
An object group is a container for a group of objects. You define an object group when you want
to package related objects so you can copy or reference them in another module.
637. What are referenced objects?
Referencing allows you to create objects that inherit their functionality and appearance from other
objects. Referencing an object is similar to copying an object, except that the resulting reference
object maintains a link to its source object. A reference object automatically inherits any changes
that have been made to the source object when you open or regenerate the module that contains
the reference object.
638. Can you store objects in library?
Referencing allows you to create objects that inherit their functionality and appearance from other
objects. Referencing an object is similar to copying an object, except that the resulting reference
object maintains a link to its source object. A reference object automatically inherits any changes
that have been made to the source object when you open or regenerate the module that contains
the reference object.
639. Is forms 4.5 object oriented tool ? why?
yes , partially. 1) PROPERTY CLASS - inheritance property 2) OVERLOADING : procedures and
640. Can you issue DDL in forms?
yes, but you have to use FORMS_DDL.
Referencing allows you to create objects that inherit their functionality and appearance from other
objects. Referencing an object is similar to copying an object, except that the resulting reference
object maintains a link to its source object. A reference object automatically inherits any changes
that have been made to the source object when you open or regenerate the module that contains
the reference object. Any string expression up to 32K:
- a literal
- an expression or a variable representing the text of a block of dynamically created PL/SQL code
- a DML statement or
- a DDL statement
The statement you pass to FORMS_DDL may not contain bind variable references in the string,
but the values of bind variables can be concatenated into the string before passing the result to
641. What is SECURE property?
- Hides characters that the operator types into the text item. This setting is typically used for
password protection.
642. What are the types of triggers and how the sequence of firing in text item
Triggers can be classified as Key Triggers, Mouse Triggers ,Navigational Triggers.
Key Triggers :: Key Triggers are fired as a result of Key action.e.g :: Key-next-field, Key-up,Key-
Mouse Triggers :: Mouse Triggers are fired as a result of the mouse navigation.e.g. When-mousebutton-
Navigational Triggers :: These Triggers are fired as a result of Navigation. E.g : Post-Textitem,
We also have event triggers like when ?new-form-instance and when-new-block-instance.
We cannot call restricted procedures like go_to(?my_block.first_item?) in the Navigational
But can use them in the Key-next-item.
The Difference between Key-next and Post-Text is an very important question. The key-next is
fired as a result of the key action while the post text is fired as a result of the mouse movement.
Key next will not fire unless there is a key event. The sequence of firing in a text item are as
follows ::
a) pre - text
b) when new item
c) key-next
d) when validate
e) post text
643. Can you store pictures in database? How?
Yes , in long Raw datatype.
644. What are property classes ? Can property classes have trigger?
Property class inheritance is a powerful feature that allows you to quickly define objects that
conform to your own interface and functionality standards. Property classes also allow you to
make global changes to applications quickly. By simply changing the definition of a property
class, you can change the definition of all objects that inherit properties from that class.
Yes . All type of triggers .
645. If you have property class attached to an item and you have same trigger written for
the item . Which will fire first?
Item level trigger fires , If item level trigger fires, property level trigger won't fire. Triggers at the
lowest level are always given the first preference. The item level trigger fires first and then the
block and then the Form level trigger.
646. What are record groups ? * Can record groups created at run-time?
A record group is an internal Oracle Forms data structure that has a column/row framework
similar to a database table. However, unlike database tables, record groups are separate objects
that belong to the form module in which they are defined. A record group can have an unlimited
number of columns of type CHAR, LONG, NUMBER, or DATE provided that the total number of
columns does not exceed 64K. Record group column names cannot exceed 30 characters.
Programmatically, record groups can be used whenever the functionality offered by a twodimensional
array of multiple data types is desirable.
Query Record Group A query record group is a record group that has an associated SELECT
statement. The columns in a query record group derive their default names, data types, and
lengths from the database columns referenced in the SELECT statement. The records in a query
record group are the rows retrieved by the query associated with that record group.
Non-query Record Group A non-query record group is a group that does not have an associated
query, but whose structure and values can be modified programmatically at runtime.
Static Record Group A static record group is not associated with a query; rather, you define its
structure and row values at design time, and they remain fixed at runtime.
647. What are ALERT?
An ALERT is a modal window that displays a message notifiying operator of some application
648. Can a button have icon and lable at the same time ?
649. What is mouse navigate property of button?
When Mouse Navigate is True (the default), Oracle Forms performs standard navigation to move
the focus to the item when the operator activates the item with the mouse.
When Mouse Navigate is set to False, Oracle Forms does not perform navigation (and the
resulting validation) to move to the item when an operator activates the item with the mouse.
650. What is FORMS_MDI_WINDOW?
forms run inside the MDI application window. This property is useful for calling a form from
another one.
651. What are timers ? when when-timer-expired does not fire?
The When-Timer-Expired trigger can not fire during trigger, navigation, or transaction processing.
652. Can object group have a block?
Yes , object group can have block as well as program units.
653. How many types of canvases are there.
There are 2 types of canvases called as Content and Stack Canvas. Content canvas is the
default and the one that is used mostly for giving the base effect. Its like a plate on which we add
items and stacked canvas is used for giving 3 dimensional effect.
654. What are user-exits?
It invokes 3GL programs.
655. Can you pass values to-and-fro from foreign function ? how ?
Yes . You obtain a return value from a foreign function by assigning the return value to an Oracle
Forms variable or item. Make sure that the Oracle Forms variable or item is the same data type
as the return value from the foreign function.
After assigning an Oracle Forms variable or item value to a PL/SQL variable, pass the PL/SQL
variable as a parameter value in the PL/SQL interface of the foreign function. The PL/SQL
variable that is passed as a parameter must be a valid PL/SQL data type; it must also be the
appropriate parameter type as defined in the PL/SQL interface.
656. What is IAPXTB structure ?
The entries of Pro * C and user exits and the form which simulate the proc or user_exit are stored
in IAPXTB table in d/b.
657. Can you call WIN-SDK thruo' user exits?
658. Does user exits supports DLL on MSWINDOWS ?
659. What is path setting for DLL?
Make sure you include the name of the DLL in the FORMS45_USEREXIT variable of the
ORACLE.INI file, or rename the DLL to F45XTB.DLL. If you rename the DLL to F45XTB.DLL,
replace the existing F45XTB.DLL in the ORAWINBIN directory with the new F45XTB.DLL.
660. How is mapping of name of DLL and function done?
The dll can be created using the Visual C++ / Visual Basic Tools and then the dll is put in the path
that is defined the registery.
661. what is precompiler?
It is similar to C precompiler directives.
662. Can you connect to non - oracle datasource ? How?
Yes .
663. what are key-mode and locking mode properties? level ?
Key Mode : Specifies how oracle forms uniquely identifies rows in the database.This is property
includes for application that will run against NON-ORACLE datasources .
Key setting unique (default.)
Locking mode :
Specifies when Oracle Forms should attempt to obtain database locks on rows that correspond to
queried records in the form. a) immediate b) delayed
664. What are savepoint mode and cursor mode properties ? level?
Specifies whether Oracle Forms should issue savepoints during a session. This property is
included primarily for applications that will run against non-ORACLE data sources. For
applications that will run against ORACLE, use the default setting.
Cursor mode - define cursur state across transaction Open/close.
665. Can you replace default form processing ? How ?
666. What is transactional trigger property?
Identifies a block as transactional control block. i.e. non - database block that oracle forms should
manage as transactional block.(NON-ORACLE datasource) default - FALSE.
667. What is OLE automation ?
OLE automation allows an OLE server application to expose a set of commands and functions
that can be invoked from an OLE container application. OLE automation provides a way for an
OLE container application to use the features of an OLE server application to manipulate an OLE
object from the OLE container environment. (FORMS_OLE)
668. What does invoke built-in do?
This procedure invokes a method.
(object obj_type,
method VARCHAR2,
list list_type := 0);
object Is an OLE2 Automation Object.
method Is a method (procedure) of the OLE2 object.
list Is the name of an argument list assigned to the OLE2.CREATE_ARGLIST function.
669. What are OPEN_FORM,CALL_FORM,NEW_FORM? diff?
CALL_FORM : It calls the other form. but parent remains active, when called form completes the
operation , it releases lock and control goes back to the calling form.
When you call a form, Oracle Forms issues a savepoint for the called form. If the CLEAR_FORM
function causes a rollback when the called form is current, Oracle Forms rolls back uncommitted
changes to this savepoint.
OPEN_FORM : When you call a form, Oracle Forms issues a savepoint for the called form. If the
CLEAR_FORM function causes a rollback when the called form is current, Oracle Forms rolls
back uncommitted changes to this savepoint.
NEW_FORM : Exits the current form and enters the indicated form. The calling form is terminated
as the parent form. If the calling form had been called by a higher form, Oracle Forms keeps the
higher call active and treats it as a call to the new form. Oracle Forms releases memory (such as
database cursors) that the terminated form was using.
Oracle Forms runs the new form with the same Runform options as the parent form. If the parent
form was a called form, Oracle Forms runs the new form with the same options as the parent
670. What is call form stack?
When successive forms are loaded via the CALL_FORM procedure, the resulting module
hierarchy is known as the call form stack.
671. Can u port applictions across the platforms? how?
Yes we can port applications across platforms.Consider the form developed in a windows
system.The form would be generated in unix system by using f45gen my_form.fmb scott/tiger
672. What is a visual attribute?
Visual attributes are the font, color, and pattern properties that you set for form and menu objects
that appear in your application's interface.
673. Diff. between VAT and Property Class? imp
Named visual attributes define only font, color, and pattern attributes; property classes can
contain these and any other properties.
You can change the appearance of objects at runtime by changing the named visual attribute
programmatically; property class assignment cannot be changed programmatically. When an
object is inheriting from both a property class and a named visual attribute, the named visual
attribute settings take precedence, and any visual attribute properties in the class are ignored.
673. Which trigger related to mouse?
674. What is Current record attribute property?
Specifies the named visual attribute used when an item is part of the current record. Current
Record Attribute is frequently used at the block level to display the current row in a multi-record If
you define an item-level Current Record Attribute, you can display a pre-determined item in a
special color when it is part of the current record, but you cannot dynamically highlight the current
item, as the input focus changes.
675. Can u change VAT at run time?
Yes. You can programmatically change an object's named visual attribute setting to change the
font, color, and pattern of the object at runtime.
676. Can u set default font in forms?
Yes. Change windows registry(regedit). Set form45_font to the desired font.
677. What is Log Switch ?
The point at which ORACLE ends writing to one online redo log file and begins writing to another
is called a log switch.
678. What is On-line Redo Log?
The On-line Redo Log is a set of tow or more on-line redo files that record all committed changes
made to the database. Whenever a transaction is committed, the corresponding redo entries
temporarily stores in redo log buffers of the SGA are written to an on-line redo log file by the
background process LGWR. The on-line redo log files are used in cyclical fashion.
679. Which parameter specified in the DEFAULT STORAGE clause of CREATE
TABLESPACE cannot be altered after creating the tablespace?
All the default storage parameters defined for the tablespace can be changed using the ALTER
TABLESPACE command. When objects are created their INITIAL and MINEXTENS values
cannot be changed.
680. What are the steps involved in Database Startup ?
Start an instance, Mount the Database and Open the Database.
< ? Recovery Instance in involved steps the are What>
Rolling forward to recover data that has not been recorded in data files, yet has been recorded in
the on-line redo log, including the contents of rollback segments. Rolling back transactions that
have been explicitly rolled back or have not been committed as indicated by the rollback
segments regenerated in step a. Releasing any resources (locks) held by transactions in process
at the time of the failure. Resolving any pending distributed transactions undergoing a two-phase
commit at the time of the instance failure.
682. Can Full Backup be performed when the database is open ?
683. What are the different modes of mounting a Database with the Parallel Server ?
Exclusive Mode If the first instance that mounts a database does so in exclusive mode, only that
Instance can mount the database.
Parallel Mode If the first instance that mounts a database is started in parallel mode, other
instances that are started in parallel mode can also mount the database.
684. What are the advantages of operating a database in ARCHIVELOG mode over
operating it in NO ARCHIVELOG mode ?
Complete database recovery from disk failure is possible only in ARCHIVELOG mode. Online
database backup is possible only in ARCHIVELOG mode.
685. What are the steps involved in Database Shutdown ?
Close the Database, Dismount the Database and Shutdown the Instance.
686. What is Archived Redo Log ?
Archived Redo Log consists of Redo Log files that have archived before being reused.
687. What is Restricted Mode of Instance Startup ?
An instance can be started in (or later altered to be in) restricted mode so that when the database
is open connections are limited only to those whose user accounts have been granted the
RESTRICTED SESSION system privilege.
677. Can u have OLE objects in forms?
678. Can u have VBX and OCX controls in forms ?
679. What r the types of windows (Window style)?
Specifies whether the window is a Document window or a Dialog window.
680. What is OLE Activation style property?
Specifies the event that will activate the OLE containing item.
681. Can u change the mouse pointer ? How?
Yes. Specifies the mouse cursor style. Use this property to dynamically change the shape of the
682. How many types of columns are there and what are they
Formula columns :: For doing mathematical calculations and returning one value Summary
Columns :: For doing summary calculations such as summations etc. Place holder Columns ::
These columns are useful for storing the value in a variable
683. Can u have more than one layout in report
It is possible to have more than one layout in a report by using the additional layout option in the
layout editor.
684. Can u run the report with out a parameter form
Yes it is possible to run the report without parameter form by setting the PARAM value to Null
685. What is the lock option in reports layout
By using the lock option we cannot move the fields in the layout editor outside the frame. This is
useful for maintaining the fields .
686. What is Flex
Flex is the property of moving the related fields together by setting the flex property on
687. What are the minimum number of groups required for a matrix report
The minimum of groups required for a matrix report are 4 e -----
688.. What is a Synonym ?
A synonym is an alias for a table, view, sequence or program unit.
689. What is a Sequence ?
A sequence generates a serial list of unique numbers for numerical columns of a database's
690. What is a Segment ?
A segment is a set of extents allocated for a certain logical structure.
691. What is schema?
A schema is collection of database objects of a User.
692. Describe Referential Integrity ?
A rule defined on a column (or set of columns) in one table that allows the insert or update of a
row only if the value for the column or set of columns (the dependent value) matches a value in a
column of a related table (the referenced value). It also specifies the type of data manipulation
allowed on referenced data and the action to be performed on dependent data as a result of any
action on referenced data.
693. What is Hash Cluster ?
A row is stored in a hash cluster based on the result of applying a hash function to the row's
cluster key value. All rows with the same hash key value are stores together on disk.
694. What is a Private Synonyms ?
A Private Synonyms can be accessed only by the owner.
695. What is Database Link ?
A database link is a named object that describes a "path" from one database to another.
696. What is index cluster?
A cluster with an index on the cluster key.
697.What is hash cluster?
A row is stored in a hash cluster based on the result of applying a hash function to the row's
cluster key value. All rows with the same hash key value are stores together on disk.
698.When can hash cluster used?
Hash clusters are better choice when a table is often queried with equality queries. For such
queries the specified cluster key value is hashed. The resulting hash key value points directly to
the area on disk that stores the specified rows.
699.When can hash cluster used?
Hash clusters are better choice when a table is often queried with equality queries. For such
queries the specified cluster key value is hashed. The resulting hash key value points directly to
the area on disk that stores the specified rows.
700. What are the types of database links?
Private database link, public database link & network database link.
701. What is private database link?
Private database link is created on behalf of a specific user. A private database link can be used
only when the owner of the link specifies a global object name in a SQL statement or in the
definition of the owner's views or procedures.
702. What is public database link?
Public database link is created for the special user group PUBLIC. A public database link can be
used when any user in the associated database specifies a global object name in a SQL
statement or object definition.
703. What is network database link?
Network database link is created and managed by a network domain service. A network database
link can be used when any user of any database in the network specifies a global object name in
a SQL statement or object definition.
704. What is data block?
Oracle database's data is stored in data blocks. One data block corresponds to a specific number
of bytes of physical database space on disk.
705. How to define data block size?
A data block size is specified for each Oracle database when the database is created. A database
users and allocated free database space in Oracle data blocks. Block size is specified in init.ora
file and cannot be changed latter.
706. What is row chaining?
In circumstances, all of the data for a row in a table may not be able to fit in the same data block.
When this occurs, the data for the row is stored in a chain of data block (one or more) reserved
for that segment.
707. What is an extent?
An extent is a specific number of contiguous data blocks, obtained in a single allocation and used
to store a specific type of information.
708. What are the different types of segments?
Data segment, index segment, rollback segment and temporary segment.
709. What is a data segment?
Each non-clustered table has a data segment. All of the table's data is stored in the extents of its
data segment. Each cluster has a data segment. The data of every table in the cluster is stored in
the cluster's data segment.
709. What is an index segment?
Each index has an index segment that stores all of its data.
710. What is rollback segment?
A database contains one or more rollback segments to temporarily store "undo" information.
711. What are the uses of rollback segment?
To generate read-consistent database information during database recovery and to rollback
uncommitted transactions by the users.
712. What is a temporary segment?
Temporary segments are created by Oracle when a SQL statement needs a temporary work area
to complete execution. When the statement finishes execution, the temporary segment extents
are released to the system for future use.
713. What is a datafile?
Every Oracle database has one or more physical data files. A database's data files contain all the
database data. The data of logical database structures such as tables and indexes is physically
stored in the data files allocated for a database.
714. What are the characteristics of data files?
A data file can be associated with only one database. Once created a data file can't change size.
One or more data files form a logical unit of database storage called a tablespace.
715. What is a redo log?
The set of redo log files for a database is collectively known as the database redo log.
716. What is the function of redo log?
The primary function of the redo log is to record all changes made to data.
717. What is the use of redo log information?
The information in a redo log file is used only to recover the database from a system or media
failure prevents database data from being written to a database's data files.
718. What does a control file contains?
- Database name
- Names and locations of a database's files and redolog files.
- Time stamp of database creation.
719. What is the use of control file?
When an instance of an Oracle database is started, its control file is used to identify the database
and redo log files that must be opened for database operation to proceed. It is also used in
database recovery.
720. Is it possible to split the print reviewer into more than one region?
721. Is it possible to center an object horizontally in a repeating frame that has a variable
horizontal size?
722. For a field in a repeating frame, can the source come from the column which does not
exist in the data group which forms the base for the frame?
723. Can a field be used in a report without it appearing in any data group?
724. The join defined by the default data link is an outer join yes or no?
725. Can a formula column referred to columns in higher group?
726. Can a formula column be obtained through a select statement?
727. Is it possible to insert comments into sql statements return in the data model editor?
728. Is it possible to disable the parameter from while running the report?
729. When a form is invoked with call_form, Does oracle forms issues a save point?
730. Explain the difference between a hot backup and a cold backup and the benefits
associated with each.
A hot backup is basically taking a backup of the database while it is still up and running and it
must be in archive log mode. A cold backup is taking a backup of the database while it is shut
down and does not require being in archive log mode. The benefit of taking a hot backup is that
the database is still available for use while the backup is occurring and you can recover the
database to any point in time. The benefit of taking a cold backup is that it is typically easier to
administer the backup and recovery process. In addition, since you are taking cold backups the
database does not require being in archive log mode and thus there will be a slight performance
gain as the database is not cutting archive logs to disk.
731. You have just had to restore from backup and do not have any control files. How
would you go about bringing up this database?
I would create a text based backup control file, stipulating where on disk all the data files where
and then issue the recover command with the using backup control file clause.
732. How do you switch from an init.ora file to a spfile?
Issue the create spfile from pfile command.
732. Explain the difference between a data block, an extent and a segment.
A data block is the smallest unit of logical storage for a database object. As objects grow they
take chunks of additional storage that are composed of contiguous data blocks. These groupings
of contiguous data blocks are called extents. All the extents that an object takes when grouped
together are considered the segment of the database object.
733. Give two examples of how you might determine the structure of the table DEPT.
Use the describe command or use the dbms_metadata.get_ddl package.
734. Where would you look for errors from the database engine?
In the alert log.
735. Compare and contrast TRUNCATE and DELETE for a table.
Both the truncate and delete command have the desired outcome of getting rid of all the rows in a
table. The difference between the two is that the truncate command is a DDL operation and just
moves the high water mark and produces a now rollback. The delete command, on the other
hand, is a DML operation, which will produce a rollback and thus take longer to complete.
736. Give the reasoning behind using an index.
Faster access to data blocks in a table.
737. Give the two types of tables involved in producing a star schema and the type of data
they hold.
Fact tables and dimension tables. A fact table contains measurements while dimension tables will
contain data that will help describe the fact tables.
738. What type of index should you use on a fact table?
A Bitmap index.
739. Give two examples of referential integrity constraints.
A primary key and a foreign key.
740. A table is classified as a parent table and you want to drop and re-create it. How
would you do this without affecting the children tables?
Disable the foreign key constraint to the parent, drop the table, re-create the table, enable the
foreign key constraint.
741. Explain the difference between ARCHIVELOG mode and NOARCHIVELOG mode and
the benefits and disadvantages to each.
ARCHIVELOG mode is a mode that you can put the database in for creating a backup of all
transactions that have occurred in the database so that you can recover to any point in time.
NOARCHIVELOG mode is basically the absence of ARCHIVELOG mode and has the
disadvantage of not being able to recover to any point in time. NOARCHIVELOG mode does
have the advantage of not having to write transactions to an archive log and thus increases the
performance of the database slightly.
742. What command would you use to create a backup control file?
Alter database backup control file to trace.
743. Give the stages of instance startup to a usable state where normal users may access
STARTUP NOMOUNT - Instance startup
STARTUP MOUNT - The database is mounted
STARTUP OPEN - The database is opened
744. What column differentiates the V$ views to the GV$ views and how?
The INST_ID column which indicates the instance in a RAC environment the information came
745. How would you go about generating an EXPLAIN plan?
Create a plan table with utlxplan.sql.
Use the explain plan set statement_id = 'tst1' into plan_table for a SQL statement
Look at the explain plan with utlxplp.sql or utlxpls.sql
746. How would you go about increasing the buffer cache hit ratio?
Use the buffer cache advisory over a given workload and then query the v$db_cache_advice
table. If a change was necessary then I would use the alter system set db_cache_size command.
747. Explain an ORA-01555
You get this error when you get a snapshot too old within rollback. It can usually be solved by
increasing the undo retention or increasing the size of rollbacks. You should also look at the logic
involved in the application getting the error message.
748. Explain the difference between $ORACLE_HOME and $ORACLE_BASE.
ORACLE_BASE is the root directory for oracle. ORACLE_HOME located beneath
ORACLE_BASE is where the oracle products reside.
749. How would you determine the time zone under which a database was operating?
select DBTIMEZONE from dual;
750. Explain the use of setting GLOBAL_NAMES equal to TRUE.
Setting GLOBAL_NAMES dictates how you might connect to a database. This variable is either
TRUE or FALSE and if it is set to TRUE it enforces database links to have the same name as the
remote database to which they are linking.
751. What command would you use to encrypt a PL/SQL application?
752. Explain the difference between a FUNCTION, PROCEDURE and PACKAGE.
A function and procedure are the same in that they are intended to be a collection of PL/SQL
code that carries a single task. While a procedure does not have to return any values to the
calling application, a function will return a single value. A package on the other hand is a
collection of functions and procedures that are grouped together based on their commonality to a
business function or application.
753. Explain the use of table functions.
Table functions are designed to return a set of rows through PL/SQL logic but are intended to be
used as a normal table or view in a SQL statement. They are also used to pipeline information in
an ETL process.
754. Name three advisory statistics you can collect.
Buffer Cache Advice, Segment Level Statistics, & Timed Statistics
755. Where in the Oracle directory tree structure are audit traces placed?
In unix $ORACLE_HOME/rdbms/audit, in Windows the event viewer
756. Explain materialized views and how they are used.
Materialized views are objects that are reduced sets of information that have been summarized,
grouped, or aggregated from base tables. They are typically used in data warehouse or decision
support systems.
757. When a user process fails, what background process cleans up after it?
758. What background process refreshes materialized views?
The Job Queue Processes.
759. How would you determine what sessions are connected and what resources they are
waiting for?
760. Describe what redo logs are.
Redo logs are logical and physical structures that are designed to hold all the changes made to a
database and are intended to aid in the recovery of a database.
761. How would you force a log switch?
762. Give two methods you could use to determine what DDL changes have been made.
You could use Logminer or Streams
763. What does coalescing a tablespace do?
Coalescing is only valid for dictionary-managed tablespaces and de-fragments space by
combining neighboring free extents into large single extents.
764. What is the difference between a TEMPORARY tablespace and a PERMANENT
A temporary tablespace is used for temporary objects such as sort structures while permanent
tablespaces are used to store those objects meant to be used as the true objects of the database.
765. Name a tablespace automatically created when you create a database.
The SYSTEM tablespace.
766. When creating a user, what permissions must you grant to allow them to connect to
the database?
Grant the CONNECT to the user.
767. How do you add a data file to a tablespace
ALTER TABLESPACE <tablespace_name> ADD DATAFILE <datafile_name> SIZE
768. How do you resize a data file?
ALTER DATABASE DATAFILE <datafile_name> RESIZE <new_size>;
769. What view would you use to look at the size of a data file?
770. What view would you use to determine free space in a tablespace?
771. How would you determine who has added a row to a table?
Turn on fine grain auditing for the table.
772. How can you rebuild an index?
773. Explain what partitioning is and what its benefit is.
Partitioning is a method of taking large tables and indexes and splitting them into smaller, more
manageable pieces.
774. You have just compiled a PL/SQL package but got errors, how would you view the
775. How can you gather statistics on a table?
The ANALYZE command.
776. How can you enable a trace for a session?
777. What is the difference between the SQL*Loader and IMPORT utilities?
These two Oracle utilities are used for loading data into the database. The difference is that the
import utility relies on the data being produced by another Oracle utility EXPORT while the
SQL*Loader utility allows data to be loaded that has been produced by other utilities from
different data sources just so long as it conforms to ASCII formatted or delimited files.
778. Name two files used for network connection to a database.
779. What is the function of Optimizer ?
The goal of the optimizer is to choose the most efficient way to execute a SQL statement.
780. What is Execution Plan ?
The combinations of the steps the optimizer chooses to execute a statement is called an
execution plan.
781. Can one resize tablespaces and data files? (for DBA)
One can manually increase or decrease the size of a datafile from Oracle 7.2 using the
Because you can change the sizes of datafiles, you can add more space to your database
without adding more datafiles. This is beneficial if you are concerned about reaching the
maximum number of datafiles allowed in your database.
Manually reducing the sizes of datafiles allows you to reclaim unused space in the database. This
is useful for correcting errors in estimations of space requirements.
Also, datafiles can be allowed to automatically extend if more space is required. Look at the
following command:
DATAFILE 'c:\ora_apps\pcs\pcsdata1.dbf' SIZE 3M
NEXT 10240
782. What is SAVE POINT ?
For long transactions that contain many SQL statements, intermediate markers or savepoints can
be declared which can be used to divide a transaction into smaller parts. This allows the option of
later rolling back all work performed from the current point in the transaction to a declared
savepoint within the transaction.
783. What are the values that can be specified for OPTIMIZER MODE Parameter ?
784. Can one rename a tablespace? (for DBA)
No, this is listed as Enhancement Request 148742. Workaround:
Export all of the objects from the tablespace
Drop the tablespace including contents
Recreate the tablespace
Import the objects
785. What is RULE-based approach to optimization ?
Choosing an executing planbased on the access paths available and the ranks of these access
786. What are the values that can be specified for OPTIMIZER_GOAL parameter of the
787. How does one create a standby database? (for DBA)
While your production database is running, take an (image copy) backup and restore it on
duplicate hardware. Note that an export will not work!!!
On your standby database, issue the following commands:
On systems prior to Oracle 8i, write a job to copy archived redo log files from the primary
database to the standby system, and apply the redo log files to the standby database (pipe it).
Remember the database is recovering and will prompt you for the next log file to apply.
Oracle 8i onwards provide an "Automated Standby Database" feature, which will send archived,
log files to the remote site via NET8, and apply then to the standby database.
When one needs to activate the standby database, stop the recovery process and activate it:
788.How does one give developers access to trace files (required as input to tkprof)? (for
The "alter session set sql_trace=true" command generates trace files in USER_DUMP_DEST
that can be used by developers as input to tkprof. On Unix the default file mask for these files are
"rwx r-- ---".
There is an undocumented INIT.ORA parameter that will allow everyone to read (rwx r-r--) these
trace files:
_trace_files_public = true
Include this in your INIT.ORA file and bounce your database for it to take effect.
789. What are the responsibilities of a Database Administrator ?
Installing and upgrading the Oracle Server and application tools. Allocating system storage and
planning future storage requirements for the database system. Managing primary database
structures (tablespaces) Managing primary objects (table,views,indexes) Enrolling users and
maintaining system security. Ensuring compliance with Oralce license agreement Controlling and
monitoring user access to the database. Monitoring and optimizing the performance of the
database. Planning for backup and recovery of database information. Maintain archived data on
tape Backing up and restoring the database. Contacting Oracle Corporation for technical support.
790. What is a trace file and how is it created ?
Each server and background process can write an associated trace file. When an internal error is
detected by a process or user process, it dumps information about the error to its trace. This can
be used for tuning the database.
791. What are the roles and user accounts created automatically with the database?
DBA - role Contains all database system privileges.
SYS user account - The DBA role will be assigned to this account. All of the base tables and
views for the database's dictionary are store in this schema and are manipulated only by
ORACLE. SYSTEM user account - It has all the system privileges for the database and additional
tables and views that display administrative information and internal tables and views used by
oracle tools are created using this username.
792. What are the minimum parameters should exist in the parameter file (init.ora) ?
DB NAME - Must set to a text string of no more than 8 characters and it will be stored inside the
datafiles, redo log files and control files and control file while database creation.
DB_DOMAIN - It is string that specifies the network domain where the database is created. The
global database name is identified by setting these parameters
(DB_NAME & DB_DOMAIN) CONTORL FILES - List of control filenames of the database. If
name is not mentioned then default name will be used.
DB_BLOCK_BUFFERS - To determine the no of buffers in the buffer cache in SGA.
PROCESSES - To determine number of operating system processes that can be connected to
ORACLE concurrently. The value should be 5 (background process) and additional 1 for each
ROLLBACK_SEGMENTS - List of rollback segments an ORACLE instance acquires at database
793. Why and when should I backup my database? (for DBA
Backup and recovery is one of the most important aspects of a DBAs job. If you lose your
company's data, you could very well lose your job. Hardware and software can always be
replaced, but your data may be irreplaceable!
Normally one would schedule a hierarchy of daily, weekly and monthly backups, however consult
with your users before deciding on a backup schedule. Backup frequency normally depends on
the following factors:
. Rate of data change/ transaction rate
. Database availability/ Can you shutdown for cold backups?
. Criticality of the data/ Value of the data to the company
. Read-only tablespace needs backing up just once right after you make it read-only
. If you are running in archivelog mode you can backup parts of a database over an extended
cycle of days
. If archive logging is enabled one needs to backup archived log files timeously to prevent
database freezes
. Etc.
Carefully plan backup retention periods. Ensure enough backup media (tapes) are available and
that old backups are expired in-time to make media available for new backups. Off-site vaulting is
also highly recommended.
Frequently test your ability to recover and document all possible scenarios. Remember, it's the
little things that will get you. Most failed recoveries are a result of organizational errors and
794. What strategies are available for backing-up an Oracle database? (for DBA
The following methods are valid for backing-up an Oracle database:
Export/Import - Exports are "logical" database backups in that they extract logical definitions and
data from the database to a file.
Cold or Off-line Backups - Shut the database down and backup up ALL data, log, and control
Hot or On-line Backups - If the databases are available and in ARCHIVELOG mode, set the
tablespaces into backup mode and backup their files. Also remember to backup the control files
and archived redo log files.
RMAN Backups - While the database is off-line or on-line, use the "rman" utility to backup the
It is advisable to use more than one of these methods to backup your database. For example, if
you choose to do on-line database backups, also cover yourself by doing database exports. Also
test ALL backup and recovery scenarios carefully. It is better to be save than sorry.
Regardless of your strategy, also remember to backup all required software libraries, parameter
files, password files, etc. If your database is in ARCGIVELOG mode, you also need to backup
archived log files.
795. What is the difference between online and offline backups? (for DBA
A hot backup is a backup performed while the database is online and available for read/write.
Except for Oracle exports, one can only do on-line backups when running in ARCHIVELOG
A cold backup is a backup performed while the database is off-line and unavailable to its users.
796. What is the difference between restoring and recovering? (for DBA
Restoring involves copying backup files from secondary storage (backup media) to disk. This can
be done to replace damaged files or to copy/move a database to a new location.
Recovery is the process of applying redo logs to the database to roll it forward. One can rollforward
until a specific point-in-time (before the disaster occurred), or roll-forward until the last
transaction recorded in the log files. Sql> connect SYS as SYSDBA
797. How does one backup a database using the export utility? (for DBA
Oracle exports are "logical" database backups (not physical) as they extract data and logical
definitions from the database into a file. Other backup strategies normally back-up the physical
data files.
One of the advantages of exports is that one can selectively re-import tables, however one
cannot roll-forward from an restored export file. To completely restore a database from an export
file one practically needs to recreate the entire database.
Always do full system level exports (FULL=YES). Full exports include more information about the
database in the export file than user level exports.
798. What are the built_ins used the display the LOV?
799. How do you call other Oracle Products from Oracle Forms?
Run_product is a built-in, Used to invoke one of the supported oracle tools products and specifies
the name of the document or module to be run. If the called product is unavailable at the time of
the call, Oracle Forms returns a message to the operator.
800. What is the main diff. bet. Reports 2.0 & Reports 2.5?
Report 2.5 is object oriented.
801. What are the Built-ins to display the user-named editor?
A user named editor can be displayed programmatically with the built in procedure SHOWEDITOR,
EDIT_TETITEM independent of any particular text item.
803. How many number of columns a record group can have?
A record group can have an unlimited number of columns of type CHAR, LONG, NUMBER, or
DATE provided that the total number of column does not exceed 64K.
804. What is a Query Record Group?
A query record group is a record group that has an associated SELECT statement. The columns
in a query record group derive their default names, data types, had lengths from the database
columns referenced in the SELECT statement. The records in query record group are the rows
retrieved by the query associated with that record group. What is a Non Query Record Group?
805. What does the term panel refer to with regard to pages?
A panel is the no. of physical pages needed to print one logical page.
806. What is a master detail relationship?
A master detail relationship is an association between two base table blocks- a master block and
a detail block. The relationship between the blocks reflects a primary key to foreign key
relationship between the tables on which the blocks are based.
807.What is a library?
A library is a collection of subprograms including user named procedures, functions and
808. What is an anchoring object & what is its use? What are the various sub events a
mouse double click event involves?
An anchoring object is a print condition object which used to explicitly or implicitly anchor other
objects to itself.
809. Use the add_group_column function to add a column to record group that was
created at a design time?
810. What are the various sub events a mouse double click event involves? What are the
various sub events a mouse double click event involves?
Double clicking the mouse consists of the mouse down, mouse up, mouse click, mouse down &
mouse up events
811. What is the use of break group? What are the various sub events a mouse double
click event involves?
A break group is used to display one record for one group ones. While multiple related records in
other group can be displayed.
812. What tuning indicators can one use? (for DBA
The following high-level tuning indicators can be used to establish if a database is performing
optimally or not:
. Buffer Cache Hit Ratio
Formula: Hit Ratio = (Logical Reads - Physical Reads) / Logical Reads
Action: Increase DB_CACHE_SIZE (DB_BLOCK_BUFFERS prior to 9i) to increase hit ratio
. Library Cache Hit Ratio
Action: Increase the SHARED_POOL_SIZE to increase hit ratio
813. What tools/utilities does Oracle provide to assist with performance tuning? (for DBA
Oracle provide the following tools/ utilities to assist with performance monitoring and tuning:
. TKProf
. UTLBSTAT.SQL and UTLESTAT.SQL - Begin and end stats monitoring
. Statspack
. Oracle Enterprise Manager - Tuning Pack
814. What is STATSPACK and how does one use it? (for DBA
Statspack is a set of performance monitoring and reporting utilities provided by Oracle from
Oracle8i and above. Statspack provides improved BSTAT/ESTAT functionality, though the old
BSTAT/ESTAT scripts are still available. For more information about STATSPACK, read the
documentation in file $ORACLE_HOME/rdbms/admin/spdoc.txt.
Install Statspack:
cd $ORACLE_HOME/rdbms/admin
sqlplus "/ as sysdba" @spdrop.sql -- Install Statspack -
sqlplus "/ as sysdba" @spcreate.sql-- Enter tablespace names when prompted
Use Statspack:
sqlplus perfstat/perfstat
exec statspack.snap; -- Take a performance snapshots
exec statspack.snap;
o Get a list of snapshots
@spreport.sql -- Enter two snapshot id's for difference report
Other Statspack Scripts:
. sppurge.sql - Purge a range of Snapshot Id's between the specified begin and end Snap Id's
. spauto.sql - Schedule a dbms_job to automate the collection of STATPACK statistics
. spcreate.sql - Installs the STATSPACK user, tables and package on a database (Run as SYS).
. spdrop.sql - Deinstall STATSPACK from database (Run as SYS)
. sppurge.sql - Delete a range of Snapshot Id's from the database
. spreport.sql - Report on differences between values recorded in two snapshots
. sptrunc.sql - Truncates all data in Statspack tables
815. What are the common RMAN errors (with solutions)? (for DBA
Some of the common RMAN errors are:
RMAN-20242: Specification does not match any archivelog in the recovery catalog.
Add to RMAN script: sql 'alter system archive log current';
RMAN-06089: archived log xyz not found or out of sync with catalog
Execute from RMAN: change archivelog all validate;
816. How can you execute the user defined triggers in forms 3.0 ?
Execute Trigger (trigger-name)
817. What ERASE package procedure does ?
Erase removes an indicated global variable.
818. What is the difference between NAME_IN and COPY ?
Copy is package procedure and writes values into a field.
Name in is a package function and returns the contents of the variable to which you apply.
819. What package procedure is used for calling another form ?
Call (E.g. Call(formname)
820. When the form is running in DEBUG mode, If you want to examine the values of
global variables and other form variables, What package procedure command you would
use in your trigger text ?
821. The value recorded in system.last_record variable is of type
a. Number
b. Boolean
c. Character. ?
b. Boolean.
822. What is mean by Program Global Area (PGA) ?
It is area in memory that is used by a Single Oracle User Process.
823. What is hit ratio ?
It is a measure of well the data cache buffer is handling requests for data. Hit Ratio = (Logical
Reads - Physical Reads - Hits Misses)/ Logical Reads.
824. How do u implement the If statement in the Select Statement
We can implement the if statement in the select statement by using the Decode statement. e.g
select DECODE (EMP_CAT,'1','First','2','Second'Null); Here the Null is the else statement where
null is done .
825. How many types of Exceptions are there
There are 2 types of exceptions. They are
a) System Exceptions
e.g. When no_data_found, When too_many_rows
b) User Defined Exceptions
e.g. My_exception exception
When My_exception then
826. What are the inline and the precompiler directives
The inline and precompiler directives detect the values directly
827. How do you use the same lov for 2 columns
We can use the same lov for 2 columns by passing the return values in global values and using
the global values in the code
828. How many minimum groups are required for a matrix report
The minimum number of groups in matrix report are 4
829. What is the difference between static and dynamic lov
The static lov contains the predetermined values while the dynamic lov contains values that come
at run time
830. How does one manage Oracle database users? (for DBA
Oracle user accounts can be locked, unlocked, forced to choose new passwords, etc. For
example, all accounts except SYS and SYSTEM will be locked after creating an Oracle9iDB
database using the DB Configuration Assistant (dbca). DBA's must unlock these accounts to
make them available to users.
Look at these examples:
ALTER USER scott ACCOUNT LOCK -- lock a user account
ALTER USER scott ACCOUNT UNLOCK; -- unlocks a locked users account
ALTER USER scott PASSWORD EXPIRE; -- Force user to choose a new password
831. How does one tune Oracle Wait events? (for DBA
Some wait events from V$SESSION_WAIT and V$SYSTEM_EVENT views:
Event Name: Tuning Recommendation:
db file sequential
Tune SQL to do less I/O. Make sure all objects are analyzed. Redistribute I/O
across disks.
buffer busy waits Increase DB_CACHE_SIZE (DB_BLOCK_BUFFERS prior to 9i)/ Analyze
contention from SYS.V$BH
log buffer spaces Increase LOG_BUFFER parameter or move log files to faster disks
832. What is the difference between DBFile Sequential and Scattered Reads?(for DBA
Both "db file sequential read" and "db file scattered read" events signify time waited for I/O read
requests to complete. Time is reported in 100's of a second for Oracle 8i releases and below, and
1000's of a second for Oracle 9i and above. Most people confuse these events with each other as
they think of how data is read from disk. Instead they should think of how data is read into the
SGA buffer cache.
db file sequential read:
A sequential read operation reads data into contiguous memory (usually a single-block read with
p3=1, but can be multiple blocks). Single block I/Os are usually the result of using indexes. This
event is also used for rebuilding the controlfile and reading datafile headers (P2=1). In general,
this event is indicative of disk contention on index reads.
db file scattered read:
Similar to db file sequential reads, except that the session is reading multiple data blocks and
scatters them into different discontinuous buffers in the SGA. This statistic is NORMALLY
indicating disk contention on full table scans. Rarely, data from full table scans could be fitted into
a contiguous buffer area, these waits would then show up as sequential reads instead of
scattered reads.
The following query shows average wait time for sequential versus scattered reads:
select a.average_wait "SEQ READ", b.average_wait "SCAT READ"
from sys.v_$system_event a, sys.v_$system_event b
where a.event = 'db file sequential read'
and b.event = 'db file scattered read';
833. What is the use of PARFILE option in EXP command ?
Name of the parameter file to be passed for export.
834. What is the use of TABLES option in EXP command ?
List of tables should be exported.ze)
835. What is the OPTIMAL parameter?
It is used to set the optimal length of a rollback segment.
836. How does one use ORADEBUG from Server Manager/ SQL*Plus? (for DBA
Execute the "ORADEBUG HELP" command from svrmgrl or sqlplus to obtain a list of valid
ORADEBUG commands. Look at these examples:
SQLPLUS> REM Trace SQL statements with bind variables
SQLPLUS> oradebug setospid 10121
Oracle pid: 91, Unix process pid: 10121, image: oracleorcl
SQLPLUS> oradebug EVENT 10046 trace name context forever, level 12
Statement processed.
SQLPLUS> ! vi /app/oracle/admin/orcl/bdump/ora_10121.trc
SQLPLUS> REM Trace Process Statistics
SQLPLUS> oradebug setorapid 2
Unix process pid: 1436, image: ora_pmon_orcl
SQLPLUS> oradebug procstat
Statement processed.
SQLPLUS> REM List semaphores and shared memory segments in use
SQLPLUS> oradebug ipc
SQLPLUS> REM Dump Error Stack
SQLPLUS> oradebug setospid <pid>
SQLPLUS> oradebug event immediate trace name errorstack level 3
SQLPLUS> REM Dump Parallel Server DLM locks
SQLPLUS> oradebug lkdebug -a convlock
SQLPLUS> oradebug lkdebug -a convres
SQLPLUS> oradebug lkdebug -r <resource handle> (i.e 0x8066d338 from convres dump)
837. Are there any undocumented commands in Oracle? (for DBA
Sure there are, but it is hard to find them. Look at these examples:
From Server Manager (Oracle7.3 and above): ORADEBUG HELP
It looks like one can change memory locations with the ORADEBUG POKE command. Anyone
brave enough to test this one for us? Previously this functionality was available with ORADBX (ls
-l $ORACLE_HOME/rdbms/lib/oradbx.o; make -f oradbx) SQL*Plus: ALTER SESSION
838. If the maximum record retrieved property of the query is set to 10 then a summary
value will be calculated?
Only for 10 records.
839. What are the different objects that you cannot copy or reference in object groups?
Objects of different modules
Another object groups
Individual block dependent items
Program units.
840. What is an OLE?
Object Linking & Embedding provides you with the capability to integrate objects from many Ms-
Windows applications into a single compound document creating integrated applications enables
you to use the features form .
841. Can a repeating frame be created without a data group as a base?
842. Is it possible to set a filter condition in a cross product group in matrix reports?
843. What is Overloading of procedures ?
The Same procedure name is repeated with parameters of different datatypes and parameters in
different positions, varying number of parameters is called overloading of procedures. e.g.
DBMS_OUTPUT put_line
844. What are the return values of functions SQLCODE and SQLERRM ? What is Pragma
EXECPTION_INIT ? Explain the usage ?
SQLCODE returns the latest code of the error that has occurred.
SQLERRM returns the relevant error message of the SQLCODE.
845. What are the datatypes a available in PL/SQL ?
Some scalar data types such as NUMBER, VARCHAR2, DATE, CHAR, LONG, BOOLEAN. Some
composite data types such as RECORD & TABLE.
846. What are the two parts of a procedure ?
Procedure Specification and Procedure Body.
847. What is the basic structure of PL/SQL ?
PL/SQL uses block structure as its basic structure. Anonymous blocks or nested blocks can be
used in PL/SQL.
848. What is PL/SQL table ?
Objects of type TABLE are called "PL/SQL tables", which are modeled as (but not the same as)
database tables, PL/SQL tables use a primary PL/SQL tables can have one column and a
primary key. Cursors
849. WHAT IS RMAN ? (for DBA
Recovery Manager is a tool that: manages the process of creating backups and also manages
the process of restoring and recovering from them.
850. WHY USE RMAN ? (for DBA
· No extra costs ?Its available free
· ?RMAN introduced in Oracle 8 it has become simpler with newer versions and easier
than user managed backups
· ?Proper security
· ?You are 100% sure your database has been backed up.
· ?Its contains detail of the backups taken etc in its central repository
· Facility for testing validity of backups also commands like crosscheck to check the status
of backup.
· Faster backups and restores compared to backups without RMAN
· RMAN is the only backup tool which supports incremental backups.
· Oracle 10g has got further optimized incremental backup which has resulted in
improvement of performance during backup and recovery time
· Parallel operations are supported
· Better querying facility for knowing different details of backup
· No extra redo generated when backup is taken..compared to online
· backup without RMAN which results in saving of space in hard disk
· RMAN an intelligent tool
· Maintains repository of backup metadata
· Remembers backup set location
· Knows what need to backed up
· Knows what is required for recovery
· Knows what backups are redundant
An oracle RMAN comprises of
RMAN EXECUTABLE This could be present and fired even through client side
TARGET DATABASE This is the database which needs to be backed up .
RECOVERY CATALOG Recovery catalog is optional otherwise backup details are stored in
target database controlfile .
It is a repository of information queried and updated by Recovery Manager
It is a schema or user stored in Oracle database. One schema can support many databases
It contains information about physical schema of target database datafile and archive log ,backup
sets and pieces Recovery catalog is a must in following scenarios
. In order to store scripts
. For tablespace point in time recovery
Media Management Software
Media Management software is a must if you are using RMAN for storing backup in tape drive
Backups in RMAN
Oracle backups in RMAN are of the following type
RMAN complete backup OR RMAN incremental backup
These backups are of RMAN proprietary nature
The advantage of uing Image copy is its not in RMAN proprietary format..
Backup Format
RMAN backup is not in oracle format but in RMAN format. Oracle backup comprises of backup
sets and it consists of backup pieces. Backup sets are logical entity In oracle 9i it gets stored in a
default location There are two type of backup sets Datafile backup sets, Archivelog backup sets
One more important point of data file backup sets is it do not include empty blocks. A backup set
would contain many backup pieces.
A single backup piece consists of physical files which are in RMAN proprietary format.
Example of taking backup using RMAN
Taking RMAN Backup
In non archive mode in dos prompt type
You get the RMAN prompt
RMAN > Connect Target
Connect to target database : Magic
using target database controlfile instead of recovery catalog
Lets take a simple backup of database in non archive mode
shutdown immediate ; - - Shutdowns the database
startup mount
backup database ;- its start backing the database
alter database open;
We can fire the same command in archive log mode
And whole of datafiles will be backed
Backup database plus archivelog;
Restoring database
Restoring database has been made very simple in 9i .
It is just
Restore database..
RMAN has become intelligent to identify which datafiles has to be restored
and the location of backuped up file.
Oracle Enhancement for RMAN in 10 G
Flash Recovery Area
Right now the price of hard disk is falling. Many dba are taking oracle database backup inside the
hard disk itself since it results in lesser mean time between recoverability.
The new parameter introduced is
DB_RECOVERY_FILE_DEST = /oracle/flash_recovery_area
By configuring the RMAN RETENTION POLICY the flash recovery area will automatically delete
obsolete backups and archive logs that are no longer required based on that configuration Oracle
has introduced new features in incremental backup
Change Tracking File
Oracle 10g has the facility to deliver faster incrementals with the implementation of changed
tracking file feature.This will results in faster backups lesser space consumption and also reduces
the time needed for daily backups
Incrementally Updated Backups
Oracle database 10g Incrementally Updates Backup features merges the image copy of a datafile
with RMAN incremental backup. The resulting image copy is now updated with block changes
captured by incremental backups.The merging of the image copy and incremental backup is
initiated with RMAN recover command. This results in faster recovery.
Binary compression technique reduces backup space usage by 50-75%.
With the new DURATION option for the RMAN BACKUP command, DBAs can weigh backup
performance against system service level requirements. By specifying a duration, RMAN will
automatically calculate the appropriate backup rate; in addition, DBAs can optionally specify
whether backups should minimize time or system load.
New Features in Oem to identify RMAN related backup like backup pieces, backup sets and
image copy
Oracle 9i New features Persistent RMAN Configuration
A new configure command has been introduced in Oracle 9i , that lets you configure various
features including automatic channels, parallelism ,backup options, etc.
These automatic allocations and options can be overridden by commands in a RMAN command
Controlfile Auto backups
Through this new feature RMAN will automatically perform a controlfile auto backup. after every
backup or copy command.
Block Media Recovery
If we can restore a few blocks rather than an entire file we only need few blocks.
We even dont need to bring the data file offline.
Syntax for it as follows
Block Recover datafile 8 block 22;
Configure Backup Optimization
Prior to 9i whenever we backed up database using RMAN our backup also used take backup of
read only table spaces which had already been backed up and also the same with archive log
Now with 9i backup optimization parameter we can prevent repeat backup of read only
tablespace and archive log. The command for this is as follows Configure backup optimization on
Archive Log failover
If RMAN cannot read a block in an archived log from a destination. RMAN automatically attempts
to read from an alternate location this is called as archive log failover
There are additional commands like
backup database not backed up since time '31-jan-2002 14:00:00'
Do not backup previously backed up files
(say a previous backup failed and you want to restart from where it left off).
Similar syntax is supported for restores
backup device sbt backup set all Copy a disk backup to tape
(backing up a backup
Additionally it supports
. Backup of server parameter file
. Parallel operation supported
. Extensive reporting available
. Scripting
. Duplex backup sets
. Corrupt block detection
. Backup archive logs
Pitfalls of using RMAN
Previous to version Oracle 9i backups were not that easy which means you had to allocate a
channel compulsorily to take backup You had to give a run etc . The syntax was a bit complex ?
RMAN has now become very simple and easy to use..
If you changed the location of backup set it is compulsory for you to register it using RMAN or
while you are trying to restore backup It resulted in hanging situations
There is no method to know whether during recovery database restore is going to fail because of
missing archive log file.
Compulsory Media Management only if using tape backup
Incremental backups though used to consume less space used to be slower since it used to read
the entire database to find the changed blocks and also They have difficult time streaming the
tape device. .
Considerable improvement has been made in 10g to optimize the algorithm to handle changed
Introduced in Oracle 8 it has become more powerful and simpler with newer version of Oracle 9
and 10 g.
So if you really don't want to miss something critical please start using RMAN.