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Diving Into the Shared Pool - An In Depth Look at Tuning the Shared Pool (Part 2)

Oracle Tips by Mike Ault

What to Pin

The purpose of the null startup function is to provide a touch point to pull the entire package into the shared pool. This allows you to create a startup SQL procedure that pulls all of the application packages into the pool and pins them using the DBMS_SHARED_POOL package. The DBMS_SHARED_POOL package may have to be built in earlier releases of Oracle. The DBMS_SHARED_POOL package is built using the DBMSPOOL.SQL and PRVTPOOL.PLB scripts located in (UNIX) $ORACLE_HOME/rdbms/admin or (NT) x:\orant\rdbms\admin  (where x: is the home drive for your install).

How do you determine what packages, procedures of 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 script in Figure 2 provides a list of objects that have been loaded more than once and have executions greater than one. Some example output from this script is shown in figure 16. A rule of thumb is that if an object is being frequently executed and frequently reloaded it should be pinned into the shared pool.


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