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Mastering Oracle Scheduler in Oracle 11g Databases

By : Ronald Rood
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Mastering Oracle Scheduler in Oracle 11g Databases

By: Ronald Rood

Overview of this book

Scheduler (DBMS_SCHEDULER) is included in Oracle Database and is a tool for the automation, management, and control of jobs. It enables users to schedule jobs running inside the database such as PL/SQL procedures or PL/SQL blocks, as well as jobs running outside the database like shell scripts. Scheduler ensures that jobs are run on time, automates business processes, and optimizes the use of available resources. You just need to specify a fixed date and time and Scheduler will do the rest. What if you don't know the precise time to execute your job? Nothing to worry about, you can specify an event upon which you want your job to be done and Scheduler will execute your job at the appropriate time. Although scheduling sounds quite easy, it requires programming skills and knowledge to set up such a powerful, intelligent scheduler for your project. This book is your practical guide to DBMS_SCHEDULER for setting up platform-independent schedules that automate the execution of time-based or event-based job processes. It will show you how to automate business processes, and help you manage and monitor those jobs efficiently and effectively. It explains how Scheduler can be used to achieve the tasks you need to make happen in the real world. With a little understanding of how the Scheduler can be used and what kind of control it gives, you will be able to recognize the real power that many known enterprise-class schedulers ñ with serious price tags ñ cannot compete with. You will see how running a specific program can be made dependent on the successful running of certain other programs, and how to separate various tasks using the built-in security mechanisms. You will learn to manage resources to balance the load on your system, and gain increased database performance.
Table of Contents (15 chapters)
Mastering Oracle Scheduler in Oracle 11g Databases
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Debugging jobs is no more difficult than debugging normal PL/SQL or scripts. Especially for the scripts that run as external jobs, don't forget the limitations of the environment definitions. Scripters used to scripting for cron know how to handle a "poor" environment. I hope this chapter gave enough tools to start debugging. The next chapter is about a real-life scenario. The things learned here should be very useful in real life. In this chapter, we saw:

  • How the file privileges for external jobs should be:

    • In Unix systems using various releases of Oracle

    • In Windows systems

  • What the externaljob.ora file looks like

  • Normal Unix redirection cannot be used in jobs

  • Windows scripts should be called using cmd.exe

  • A list of Scheduler bugs with solutions or workarounds

  • How to analyze a job chain using PL/SQL

  • How to solve a stalled chain

  • How to address a chain step

  • How to prevent a stalled chain situation

  • What to check in the database when unexpectedly a job does not run

  • How to check the environment of...