A SQL_ID by any other name... Same SQL / Different Tools / Different SQL_ID

I have been trying to chase down the same SQL being submitted against the same 10.2.0.4 Solaris database from different query tools used in our organization. I have been striking out when trying to match up with SQL IDs. I connected with 5 different tools (including SQLPLUS on 2 platforms) and submitted the following 4 lines of SQL:
SELECT *
  FROM EMP, 
       DEPT 
 WHERE EMP.DEPTNO=DEPT.DEPTNO
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Q: How to find the last time a table is queried in Oracle

Question:

I want to get the information about when a table is queried in oracle. Is there any log in oracle which shows the queries. I was looking around v$sqlarea and v$sqltext but, the system admin does not allow me to reach those tables. - Dursan @ Stack Overflow

My answer:

Historical Row Counts via Stats History

Ever had a customer asking about the growth of a table? Or suspect an execution plan change might be because of an influx of data into a table? Well you are in luck (maybe!). Oracle 10g and 11g have a months worth of historical statistics stored by default. Before stats are gathered for a table their current values are written off into SYS.WRI$OPTSTAT_TAB_HISTORY table.
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TPC-DS

"The TPC-DS benchmark models the decision support system of a retail product supplier, including queries and data maintenance. Although the underlying business model of TPC-DS is a retail product supplier, the database schema, data population, queries, data maintenance model and implementation rules have been designed to be broadly representative of modern decision support systems."

http://www.tpc.org/tpcds/

Moving on up... http://dba.stackexchange.com/

Was cruising StackOverflow today looking for interesting Oracle questions and noticed a DBA specific Stack has been started - it lives at http://dba.stackexchange.com/.

It is database agnostic but I love the Stack setup and the helpful people it attracts. You can filter by Oracle and create an RSS feed on that filter if you aren't interested in going back to the site periodically to find topics you might be interested in.

-Dave

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Using Proxy Connections with SQL Developer or SQLPLUS

When trying to debug for another user sometimes it is helpful to be able to log in as that user. In the past magic was done by admins by storing the encrypted passwords, setting to a new temporary password, logging in, and then resetting the old encrypted password back. Luckily modern Oracle versions we have the concept of a Proxy user. This allows connecting as one user but masquerading as another user (once proper permissions have been granted of course). So far I have done this with SQL Developer and SQLPLUS, instructions are below for a test case.

Developer access to 10046 trace files...

Jeremy Schneider posted his code to check the udump directory for trace files and allow remote to access them. Great for developer access or if you are automating access with a tool. Released as GPL as well so you are free to modify the code (after getting familiar with the license that is).

http://www.ardentperf.com/2011/08/19/developer-access-to-10046-trace-files/

-Dave

"There was a problem creating a SQL tuning task. ORA-13780: SQL statement does not exist. ORA-06512"

I recently got this error while trying to run a SQL Tuning Task against a SQL statement that was available in AWR but not currently in the library cache.

I got around it by locating the SQL in OEM and using SQL Worksheet to execute it:

Functions in the WHERE clause...

Business logic. Sometimes it lives in the application, sometimes it lives in the database. I'll save the application/db argument for each individual case that I encounter. But if you do have significant business logic in your database, there will probably come a time when someone wants to incorporate some of that logic into a query they are writing. I am often asked to improve the speed of queries that have User Defined Functions (UDF) in the where clause. Sometimes I am successful at tuning them, sometimes a major structural or logic change is required to get good performance.

A complete sandbox installation for VirtualBox... Thanks to Developer Days!

Oracle is supplying some ready-to-run downloadable VMs including Operating Systems, OSes with Oracle already installed and ready-to-run RAC systems. I was hoping to leverage these to save some time for sandbox environments but from what I have seen so far they are only for the enterprise level Oracle VM product. I only have the horsepower to run Oracle VirtualBox which is their workstation level product. It seems they use different formats for each product and while it may be possible to convert VMs backs and forth, I'm just not up for it right now.

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