Wednesday, January 29, 2020

ORA-00800: soft external error, arguments: [Set Priority Failed], [VKTM], [Check traces and OS configuration], [Check Oracle document and MOS notes]

When working with Oracle DB Version 19.5 recently noticed below errors in alert.log file

Starting background process VKTM
2020-02-04T17:05:58.711181-08:00
Errors in file /home/oracle/diag/rdbms/testdb/TESTDB/trace/TESTDB_vktm_43832.trc (incident=42521):
ORA-00800: soft external error, arguments: [Set Priority Failed], [VKTM], [Check traces and OS configuration], [Check Oracle document and MOS notes], []
Incident details in: /home/oracle/diag/rdbms/testdb/TESTDB/incident/incdir_42521/TESTDB_vktm_43832_i42521.trc
2020-02-04T17:05:58.713567-08:00
Error attempting to elevate VKTM's priority: no further priority changes will be attempted for this process
VKTM started with pid=5, OS id=43832


After research found that parameter _high_priority_processes="VKTM" may help, but it is a internally parameter you cannot able to apply directly on SPFILE. I always raise a ticket with Oracle support to got the confirmation before making changes.

This issue has been reported in the internal bug - Bug 30664554 : ORA-00800: SOFT EXTERNAL ERROR, ARGUMENTS: [SET PRIORITY FAILED], [VKTM]
In order to update internal parameters on a DB using SPFILE you need to follow bellows steps.

1. Take a backup of SPFILE and PFILE to revert changes in case of any isuses.
2. Create PFILE from SPFILE
SQL> create pfile=’$ORACLE_HOME/dbs/initTESTDB.ora’ from spfile
3. Add/update the parameter in PFILE
4. Rename SPFILE and stop/start the DB to use PFILE that was created
5. Create SPFILE from PFILE
SQL> create SPFILE=’$ORACLE_HOME/dbs/spfileTESTDB.ora’ from pfile;
6. stop/start the DB to use SPFILE that was created
Now the changes are applied to SPFILE.

Note that every environment, errors, load, use cases are different, I would highly recommend users to open a ticket with Oracle support and get confirmation before making any changes to your databases.
Thanks
Satishbabu Gunukula,ORACLE ACE
https://oracleracexpert.com

Thursday, January 16, 2020

ORA-00942: table or view does not exist

When calling a table directly or through procedure/function...etc user may receive error “ORA-00942: table or view does not exist”.

For ex:-
CREATE OR REPLACE FUNCTION PROC1
(Num IN NUMBER)
RETURN NUMBER
IS
BEGIN
INSERT INTO Table1 SELECT * FROM SCOTT.Table2 WHERE ID = Num;
END;

PL/SQL: ORA-00942: table or view does not exist

SQL> select * from table1;
select * from table1
              *
ERROR at line 1:
ORA-00942: table or view does not exist

Possible reasons:
1. The table name or view name spelled wrongly
2. The table or view doesn’t exist
3. The user doesn’t have required permissions

In some cases users have select access and able to query data but when running from a procedure they still receive “ORA-00942: table or view does not exist”

The reason for this error is the access granted trough a ROLE not directly. In order to access another user table from a procedure you need to have SELECT privilege granted directly.

Regards,
Satishbabu Gunukula, Oracle ACE
http://www.oracleracexpert.com