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ORA-30678 too many open connections tips

Expert Oracle Tips by Burleson Consulting

August 18, 2010

Question:  I am using the utl_tcp package of Oracle to connect to remote server. As per my architecture, I am opening multiple connections TCP in the same Oracle session, and I hit a limitation of 16 connections with this package, getting this ORA-30678 error.

ORA-30678 too many open connections

How to I establish additional connections?

Answer: The documentation says this on the ORA-30678 error, noting that you have hit a hard limit of 16 connections:

ORA-30678 too many open connections
Cause:  An attempt to open a connection failed because too many are already open by this session. The number of allowed connections varies as some may be in use through other components which share the same pool of allowed connections.
Action:  Retry after closing some other connection. The number of connections supported is currently not adjustable.

The utl_tcp package has a set limit of 16 per session. You can't change it so you'll need to change the design of your application. As shown in this great article, be sure to always call an explicit quit using utl_smtp.quit().

It appears that the utl_tcp package has a hard limit of 16 concurrent connections, but connections come-and-go quickly. 

To avoid the ORA-30678 error you need to close some connections and you can include 'utl_tcp.close_all_connections' at the entry point to avoid this error.

Paulo Portugal notes:

If you are facing ORA-30678 errors when using UTL_TCP or UTL_SMTP packages :

ORA-30678: too many open connections
ORA-06512: at "SYS.UTL_TCP", line 28

You really need to close your connections after working with then as they are not closed automatically.  Here is a simple example of both UTL_TCP and UTL_SMTP packages, or you can close all connections using utl_tcp.close_all_connections as mentioned before.:

--TCP example
my_conn utl_tcp.connection;


--Open connection
my_conn := utl_tcp.open_connection(
remote_host => '',
remote_port => 80,
charset => 'AL16UTF16');

-- Explicitly close the connection oppened
utl_tcp.close_connection(c => my_conn);

when others then
raise_application_error (-20002,'An error has occurred.');


--SMTP example
my_conn utl_smtp.connection;

-- open smtp connection
my_conn := utl_smtp.open_connection(
host => '',
port => 25);

-- Explicitly close the connection oppened
utl_smtp.quit(c => my_conn);

when others then
raise_application_error (-20002,'An error has occurred.');


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