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Perform capacity planning using LogMiner

Backup and recovery tip #4 from "30 Oracle tips in 30 minutes," brought to you by the IOUG.

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As a DBA, you can use LogMiner to do some performance tuning or capacity planning. Say that you've got a table that is busy capturing audit information for your application. Load up LogMiner with an hour's worth (or some other time period) of archive log file. Then run a query against those archive logs to see the insert rate on the table:

SELECT operation, to_char(timestamp,'HH') hour, count(*) total
   FROM v$logmnr_contents
  WHERE seg_name = 'AUDIT_LOG'
    AND seg_owner = 'SOMEUSER'
    AND seg_type_name = 'TABLE'
  GROUP BY operation, to_char(timestamp,'HH');
--------- ---- ----------
INSERT    10           16
INSERT    11           16
INSERT    12           16
INSERT    13           16

The results of this query show you that the AUDIT_LOG table is adding rows at the rate of 16 per hour.

For more information see Chapter 9 of "Oracle backup and recovery 101."

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About the author: Kenny Smith has been working with Oracle technology on HP servers for over a decade. He specializes in Oracle database architecture, database administration and development. He has presented at numerous Oracle conferences on two continents. He has published many articles describing Oracle solutions and has co-authored "Oracle backup and recovery 101" from Oracle Press.

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