We are using Oracle9i Enterprise Edition Release 18.104.22.168.0 - 64-bit production running on a Sun v880 server.
We persistently encounter the ORA-04031 error. Once the error occurred in the Forms, we couldn't make a connection in SQL*Plus or Forms anymore. In some instances, SQL*Plus connection is allowed but not on Forms. Is there any solution on this? We continuously increased the shared_pool_area and right now it is at 2.4 GB.
In almost all situations, a 2+ GB shared pool is too large. So I'd back this down quite a bit.
I strongly suggest that you apply the Oracle 22.214.171.124 patchset to your database. Prior versions had a problem where Oracle was not managing free space in the shared pool properly. This often resulted in the ORA-4031 errors and throwing more memory at the shared pool did not resolve the issue. Does this sound familiar? Apply the patchset and you should see your problems disappear.
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