tnsping (and others) take at least 5 seconds (or longer)

I ran into a situation where tnsping and other connections like ssh and such took at least 5 seconds (5000 msec) to establish:

Used TNSNAMES adapter to resolve the alias
Attempting to contact (DESCRIPTION = (ADDRESS = (PROTOCOL = TCP)(HOST = host.domain.local)(PORT = 1521))
                                     (CONNECT_DATA = (SERVER = DEDICATED) (SERVICE_NAME = ORCL)))
OK (5010 msec)

Also connecting to ‘host.domain.local’ with ssh took about 5 seconds. At first I thought it had to with sshd and some authentication options which had to timeout first, but than I discovered tnsping also waits 5 seconds. When connecting to the ip address it took 0 msec… aha… a DNS thing?! Continue reading

OEL 6.9 PVM guests on Oracle VM 3.4.3 won’t start

I recently upgraded by OVM to 3.4.3(.1511), but now my Oracle Enterprise Linux 6.9 PVM guests won’t start up any more. They don’t finish the ‘Starting automount’ in the boot / startup screen. It does not fail, it just won’t continue.

There is nothing special in the /etc/fstab I guess… : Continue reading

Server error: ‘The backing device /dev/mapper/xyz is not allowed to contain partitions’ on OracleVM

Ok, I added a new disk (well old actually, but new for the machine) to my Oracle VM server. It discovered it (or do it manually) and I wanted to create a new repository on it. Unfortunately it came with the following error:

Server error: 'The backing device /dev/mapper/3500a075109146bee is not allowed to contain partitions'

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Oracle Grid 12c and Linux 7: PRVE-0421 : No entry exists in /etc/fstab for mounting /dev/shm

When you run Oracle Grid 12c ‘cluvfy stage -pre crsinst’ on Linux 7 (Oracle Enterprise Linux 7.2 in my case) you will get the following error:

Starting check for /dev/shm mounted as temporary file system ...


PRVE-0421 : No entry exists in /etc/fstab for mounting /dev/shm
PRVE-0421 : No entry exists in /etc/fstab for mounting /dev/shm
PRVE-0421 : No entry exists in /etc/fstab for mounting /dev/shm
PRVE-0421 : No entry exists in /etc/fstab for mounting /dev/shm

Check for /dev/shm mounted as temporary file system failed

When you do a ‘df -h’ you will see that ‘/dev/shm’ actually is mounted:

Filesystem Size Used Avail Use% Mounted on
devtmpfs 24G 0 24G 0% /dev
tmpfs    24G 0 24G 0% /dev/shm

This is due to a bug (Doc ID 2065603.1) which comes from the case that the cluvfy check does not check the actual mount of the file system, but looks for the persistence line of this mount in ‘/etc/fstab’ like it did in Linux 6. In Linux 7 you get this tmpfs mount by default.

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Add a larger disk and remove smaller disk from LVM, online!

Goal: To add new larger disk to LVM, move data and remove old smaller one

When using Oracle VM in my work, a disk can be enlarged in Oracle VM manager for a virtual machine. But because of an internal loop-mount on the XEN hypervisor level, the disk-file which is presented to the virtual machine as a disk, is not able to ‘pass on’ it’s resize information to the OS. This requires an unmount and mount of the disk-file on hypervisor level, or in simple words: a reboot of the virtual machine… yikes! Continue reading

Oracle 12c installation will fail: Error in invoking target ‘irman ioracle’

During the installation of Oracle 12c (12.1) I encountered the following error:

Error in invoking target 'irman ioracle' of makefile
See '/u01/app/oraInventory/logs/installActions2015(...).log' for details.

Inside the logfile the following error is encountered:

INFO: collect2: ld terminated with signal 9 [Killed]

According to metalink doc 2040972.1 this is due to less memory available (in a VM environment). Continue reading

*ALL* Oracle database patches… Linux and Windows… (on Metalink)

Linux and Windows…

Quick Reference To Patch Numbers For Database PSU, SPU(CPU) And Bundle Patches [ID 1454618.1]

…more Windows

Oracle Database, Networking and Grid Agent Patches for Microsoft Platforms [ID 161549.1]


Happy patching!

Booting Oracle VM / Linux (ISOs) with UEFI ‘bios’ does not work

It seems Oracle VM (<=3.3.1 *) and Oracle Linux (<= 5.10/6.6 *) both install ISOs and installed OS’s are not capable of booting when UEFI on the bare-metal hardware is used. I have seen two configurations now where this happened, one using a USB HDD drive capable providing a ISO to boot from as CD/DVD (Zalman ZM-VE300)  and one HP iLO4 (http and local ISO) ‘remote’ booting. Continue reading

ShellShock fixes for Oracle Linux, ExaData, ExaLogic and Solaris

Read all about it in:

Oracle’s Security Alert for ShellShock.

It also lists Oracle products that are affected and do not have fixes available at this time…

Oracle Linux

Next Doc ID provides a listing of Oracle Linux patches (minimal Bash versions) required to resolve security vulnerabilities referenced by CVE-2014-6271 and CVE-2014-7169:

CVE-2014-6271 and CVE-2014-7169 Patch Availability Document for Oracle Linux (Doc ID 1930120.1).

These versions can be found, downloaded and YUM-ed from Oracle’s public yum server:

Happy patching…


OpenSSL Heartbleed Oracle fixed version is 1.0.1e-16.el6_5.7

When one is looking for the OpenSSL fix 1.0.1g for Oracle (Red Hat) Linux 6, the fixed package version is ‘1.0.1e-16.el6_5.7’. I think this a bit misleading, because OpenSSL 1.0.1e is subject to the bug (CVE-2014-0160). But from the Red Hat site: and Orcale MetaLink (MOS Note 1663998.1): “Version openssl-1.0.1e-16.el6_5.7 included a fix backported from openssl-1.0.1g.

Some simple OS tests can produce a false-positive to heartbleed tests, becasue it could look only for text other than 1.0.1g.


To update to the ‘latest’ OpenSSL version, enable the [OL6_latest] repository en ‘yum update openssl’:

Setting up Update Process
Resolving Dependencies
--> Running transaction check
---> Package openssl.x86_64 0:1.0.1e-15.el6 will be updated
---> Package openssl.x86_64 0:1.0.1e-16.el6_5.7 will be an update
--> Finished Dependency Resolution

Testing for processes using OpenSSL

One can test if processes are using OpenSSL (not a heartbleed vulnerability test), by issuing one of these two following commands:

$ lsof | awk 'NR==1 || $0~/'
$ grep /proc/*/maps |cut -d/ -f3 |sort -u |xargs -r -- ps uf

More info

OpenSSL Security Bug – Heartbleed / CVE-2014-0160

Document written at April the 18th, 2014…

Happy blee, uh, testing and patching!