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1.What is an Oracle Instance? Instance is a combination of memory structure and process structure. Memory structure is SGA and Process structure is background processes. 2. What information is stored in Control File? Ans) The database name The timestamp of database creation The names and locations of associated datafiles and redo log files Tablespace information Datafile offline ranges The log history Archived log information Backup set and backup piece information Backup datafile and go back over log information Datafile copy information The current log sequence number 3. When you start an Oracle DB which file is accessed first? Ans) If it has First read init.ora file otherwise spfile.ora 4. What is the Job of SMON, PMON processes? SMON :- System monitor process recovers after an instance failure and monitors temporary segments and extents.

PMON :- Process monitor process cleans up processes and releases locks and resources after an abnormal termination of a process. 5. What is Instance Recovery? When an Oracle instance fails,Oracle performs an instance recovery when the associated database is re-started. Instance recovery occurs in two steps: Cache recovery: Changes being made to a database are recorded in the database buffer cache. These changes are also recorded in online redo log files simultaneously. When there are enough data in the database buffer cache, they are written to data files. If an Oracle instance fails before the data in the database buffer cache are written to data files, Oracle uses the data recorded in the online redo log files to recover the lost data when the associated database is re-started. This process is called cache recovery. Transaction recovery: When a transaction modifies data in a database, the before image of the modified data is stored in an undo segment. The data stored in the undo segment is used to restore the original values in case a transaction is rolled back. At the time of an instance failure, the database may have uncommitted transactions. It is possible that changes made by these uncommitted transactions have gotten saved in data files. To maintain read consistency, Oracle rolls back all uncommitted transactions when the associated database is re-started. Oracle uses the undo data stored in undo segments to accomplish this. This process is called transaction recovery. 6. What is written in Redo Log Files?

Log writer (LGWR) writes redo log buffer contents Into Redo Log FIles. Log writer does this every three seconds, when the redo log buffer is 1/3 full and immediately before the Database Writer (DBWn) writes its changed buffers into the datafile. 7. How do you control number of Datafiles one can have in an Oracle database? When starting an Oracle instance, the database's parameter file indicates the amount of SGA space to reserve for datafile information; the maximum number of datafiles is controlled by the DB_FILES parameter. This limit applies only for the life of the instance. 8. How many Maximum Datafiles can there be in an Oracle Database? Ans) Max datafiles in oracle is 65536 or 65546.. 9. What is a Tablespace? Ans) A database is divided into Logical Storage Unit called tablespaces. A tablespace is used to grouped related logical structures together. 10. What is the purpose of Redo Log files? Ans) The purpose of redo log file is to record all changes made to the data during the recovery of database. T always advisable to have two or more redo log files and keep them in a separate disk So you can recover the data during the system crash. 11. Which default Database roles are created when you create a Database? Ans) Connect , resource and dba are three default roles. 12. What is a Checkpoint?

13. Which Process reads data from Datafiles? Ans) Server process. 14. Which Process writes data in Datafiles? Ans) Server Processes. (else DBWR) 15. Can you make a Datafile auto extendible.If yes, how?

16. What is a Shared Pool? Ans) Shared Pool compromises of Library Cache and Dictionary Cache.Library Cache stores and shares sql stmts where as plsql stmts in memory. Dictionary Cache: Oracle continously request and update information in the data dictionary of the db.To maximize the performance of the system internal operation.Data Dictionary cache holds dictionary information.

17. What is kept in the Database Buffer Cache? Ans) Database Buffer cache is one of the most important components of System Global Area (SGA). Database Buffer Cache is the place where data blocks are copied from datafiles to perform SQL operations. Buffer Cache is shared memory structure and it is concurrently accessed by all server processes. 18. How many maximum Redo Logfiles one can have in a Database? Ans) Depends on what you specified for MAXLOGFILES during database creation (manually) or what you specified for "Maximum no. Of redo log files" with DBCA. You can check the current max with: 19. What is difference between PFile and SPFile? Ans) Server Parameter Files - Binary version. Persistent. Initialization Parameter Files - Text version. Not persistent. 20. What is PGA_AGGREGRATE_TARGET parameter? Ans)

21. Large Pool is used for what? Ans) Large Pool is an optional memory structure used for the following purposes :(1) Session information for shared server

(2) I/O server processes (3) Parallel queries (4) Backup and recovery if using through RMAN. The role of Large Pool is important because otherwise memory would be allocated from the Shared pool. Hence Large pool also reduces overhead of Shared pool. 22. What is PCT Increase setting? Ans) PCTINCREASE: It take place when two extent are already work for third or subsequent extent. Third extent size last extent size+ pctincrease of last extent size. 23. What is PCTFREE and PCTUSED Setting? Ans) 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 24. What is Row Migration and Row Chaining? Ans) Row Chaining:-The row is too large to fit into an EMPTY data block.In this Oracle stores the DATA for the row in a CHAIN of one or more Data BLOCKS. CHAINING occurs when row is INSERTED or UPDATED Row chaining can happen for very large rows such as rows that contain LOB.Row chaining in such cases is Unavoidable. Row Migration:-An UPDATE statement increases the amount of DATA in a ROW so that the Row NO LONGER FITS in to its DATA BLOCK. Oracle tries to find another Blockwith enough free space to hold the entire row.If such block is available Oracle moves the entire ROW to the NEW BLOCK.Oracle keeps the original Row piece of a Migrated row row to POINT to the NEW BLOCK containing the actual row.The ROWID of the MIGRATED rows does not change.INDEXES are not updated and they point to the ORIGINAL row LOCATION. 25. What is 01555 - Snapshot Too Old error and how do you avoid it? Ans) he SNAPSHOT_TOO_OLD erro will come ... the query will goves into cartesion product or infinite loop .

Other case is suppose ur updated loarge no of rows at atime without saveing the records . In this case u can use commit statement for every 500 records then u can avoid this problam. Or ask DBA to extend the table space for this segment. ----------Snapshot_too_old exception is thrown when ur performing very large DML operation without commiting this can be resolved by increasing undo retention period. contact ur DBA to check for Undo retention period.