IPC should be faster than TCP/IP for communicating with two databases on the same server. The only real way to find out what is causing your problems is to generate a trace of your network traffic. This can be done by adding the following lines to your SQLNET.ORA file:
trace_level_client=support trace_file_client=cli trace_directory_client=/my_oracle_home/network/trace trace_unique_client=trueThen start your process which uses the database link. After that is done, comment out or remove those lines from your SQLNET.ORA file to stop further trace files from being generated.
Now examine the contents of $ORACLE_HOME/network/trace. You'll need to look in the trace files to determine which one was generated by your specific session. This can be done quite easily by using grep on your SQL statements.
Once you have identified the trace file, you'll want to open a TAR with Oracle Support. They can best analyze the contents of your trace file and help you sort out your difficulties.
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This was first published in August 2002