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What to Pin

In all of the rules stated so far, I mention that the memory is usually allocated above and beyond that needed for fixed-size areas and pinned objects. How do you determine what to pin? Generally speaking, any package, procedure, function, or cursor that is frequently used by your application should be pinned into the shared pool when the database is started.

Packages, cursors, sequences, triggers, procedures, and functions may be pinned in Oracle databases using the DBMS_SHARED_POOL package. The DBMS_SHARED_POOL package may have to be built in earlier releases of Oracle. This is done using the DBMSPOOL.SQL and PRVTPOOL.PLB scripts, located in (UNIX) $ORACLE_HOME/rdbms/admin or (NT) x:\ora9i\rdbms\admin, where x: is the home drive for your install.

How do you determine which packages, procedures, or functions to pin?

Actually, Oracle has made this easy by providing the V$DB_OBJECT_CACHE view that shows all objects in the pool, and, more importantly, how they are being utilized. The report in Source 13.9 provides a list of objects that have been loaded more than once and have executions greater than 1. Some example output from this script is shown in Listing 13.8. A rule of thumb is that if an object is being frequently executed and frequently reloaded, it should be pinned into the shared pool.

This is an excerpt by Mike Ault’s book “Oracle Administration & Management” .  If you want more current Oracle tips by Mike Ault, check out his new book “Mike Ault’s Oracle Internals Monitoring & Tuning Scripts” or Ault’s Oracle Scripts Download.


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