Very Useful Scripts To Find Object Dependencies

December 27, 2011

For DBAs and Developers.

When you are developing schemas, a lot of objects get created. It can be really confusing to keep track of them all. Especially when you now need to create a few dozen in a new environment.

What is even worse, is when you start to maintain databases and schemas that you didn’t build yourself. If you drop a table or unsuccesfully modify a view, all their children will now become invalid. Suddenly child procedures and packages that reference them will not work.

Here you can find some sqlplus scripts that I have used for years to see the dependencies in schema objects. Run the script, and enter in the object you have questions on. Very fast and effective.

They have been extremely useful to determine things like:
– The order of operations to create objects. Parents first. Then children.
– The impact of dropping a view, package, procedure.
– Causes of object invalidation such as another invalid object.
– All the tables that a package is accessing directly. For those multiple 18 table joins.
– Whether a package, function or procedure calls other prodecures.
– Obscure issues, such as references to variables in packages.

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To Find Just The Parents of an Oracle Database Object:

Parent objects must be created first, before creating the child object. If the parent object is dropped, all subsequent child objects will become invalid.

This info is very important in new environments, such as moving from Dev to Test. Or Test to Prod.

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Oracle Applications R12 Schema Analysis

December 17, 2010

Oracle Apps R12 Schema Analysis

Continuing on my series on analysis, here is some of the initial analysis I did after installing Oracle applications R12.  Much of the analysis involves queries to the Oracle data dictionary under the covers.  This analysis is on the sample “database”, VIS, which is actually composed of many schemas.

I also did a fair bit of analysis from a DBA standpoint: tablespaces, logs, processes, DBMS_JOBS, etc.  And other analysis on the unix and middle tier side.  Tuning.  I’ll try to keep it all organized in different posts.

When I’ve started a new position, these are the types of queries I might run on the schemas to get a feel for the systems.  Just how was it made? Does it use PK, triggers, or external code to enforce data integrity?  What are the most important tables?  What are potential performance issues? Any issues?  And so on.

Many of these queries you won’t find the GUIs like SQL Developer, or Toad.  You have to write them yourself.  It pays big dividends to know the data dictionary!

(Sorry for the odd font. WordPress has not made changing the font for select sets of text easy or obvious. If anyone knows the secret, on how to change fonts in WordPress A LA Wordpad, please let me know. )

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How many tables are there?

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