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TNS:could not resolve the connect identifier specified
Backtrace message unwound by exceptions
invalid identifier
PL/SQL compilation error
internal error
missing expression
table or view does not exist
end-of-file on communication channel
TNS:listener unknown in connect descriptor
insufficient privileges
PL/SQL: numeric or value error string
TNS:protocol adapter error
ORACLE not available
target host or object does not exist
invalid number
unable to allocate string bytes of shared memory
resource busy and acquire with NOWAIT specified
error occurred at recursive SQL level string
ORACLE initialization or shutdown in progress
archiver error. Connect internal only, until freed
snapshot too old
unable to extend temp segment by string in tablespace
Credential retrieval failed
missing or invalid option
invalid username/password; logon denied
unable to create INITIAL extent for segment
out of process memory when trying to allocate string bytes
shared memory realm does not exist
cannot insert NULL
TNS:unable to connect to destination
remote database not found ora-02019
exception encountered: core dump
inconsistent datatypes
no data found
TNS:operation timed out
PL/SQL: could not find program
existing state of packages has been discarded
maximum number of processes exceeded
error signaled in parallel query server
ORACLE instance terminated. Disconnection forced
TNS:packet writer failure
see ORA-12699
missing right parenthesis
name is already used by an existing object
cannot identify/lock data file
invalid file operation
quoted string not properly terminated

Re: ORA-04031: unable to allocate 4200 bytes of shared memory

Tim Hall


You're right, flushing the shared pool doesn't truly fix anything; if
you're lucky, it just makes the problem go away for a while, to give
you time to figure out what is really wrong. So...

Keep an eye on what gets stored in the SGA:

Make sure packages, procedures, functions, triggers, etc. are pinned
(triggers are easy to forget, and developers sometimes put large
chunks of code in triggers that would be better placed in packages).

Make sure developers are assembling code into packages and not
submitting large anonymous blocks of PL/SQL throughout the day
(especially watch shell scripts and SQL*Plus scripts where
substitution variables may be used in place of bind variables, as that
will compound the problem by filling up the SGA with nearly-identical
large blocks of code).

Make sure dynamic SQL is only used when truly necessary, and when it
is used, that variables are appropriately bound. It may be especially
worthwhile to perform code reviews on programs written in Java, Perl,
and 3GLs, to look for coding style "lapses"...

Keep an eye out for unnecessary or unreasonable traffic into the SGA:

Watch out for "phantom SQL" -- things like indiscriminate use of
SYS_CONTEXT or USER in PL/SQL blocks. These generate silly SELECTs
from DUAL behind the scenes (maybe not in 10g?). I have seen cases
where hundreds of millions of these statements were flooding the SGA
without the developers realizing it.

Watch out for "SGA abuse", like silly repeated lookups of static
values from the database. I recall a case where a certain small table
of static strings was being queried one billion times a day. There
were only about 1000 rows in this table. By caching
previously-fetched values in a PL/SQL table in the package, we reduced
the number of submissions (executions) of the actual SQL statement by
over 99.99%.

(Finally, if your ORA-4031 results in a database crash, please call
Oracle and complain. There is really no good reason for an ORA-4031
to cause anything more than a brief slowdown or an error in a single

Your mileage may vary. Hope this helps --

On Thu, 3 Mar 2005 10:54:52 -0800 (PST), A Joshi <ajoshi977@(protected):
> If you have increased the size it is likely bacause of fragmentation. Pin pl/sql on database startup. and pin sql soon after startup. Get dev to use bind variables.
> You could change the cursor_sharing parameter too but that is avoidable.
> Avoid ad hoc sql queries to database.
> "Smith, Ron L." <rlsmith@(protected):
> I have a couple of unrelated Oracle 8.1.7 databases that occasionally
> getting the following error:
> ORA-04031: unable to allocate 4200 bytes of shared memory ("shared
> pool","unknown object","sga heap","state objects")=20
> Flushing the Shared Pool does not help the problem. The size of the
> Shared Pool has been increased several times, but doesn't appear to
> help. Neither database is very busy.
> One of the databases serves as a "Gateway" database between a 7.3.4 and
> a 9.2 database just for connectivity. The other is just a straight
> 8.1.7 OLTP database.
> Bouncing the database ALWAYS corrects the problem for several weeks.
> Can anyone help be diagnose the problem?
> Thanks!
> Ron
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