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Oracle9i Database Reference
Release 2 (9.2)

Part Number A96536-02
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Parameter type





Spaces are not allowed within the quotation marks.

Default value

There is no default value.

Parameter class


Real Application Clusters

You must set this parameter for every instance, and multiple instances must have identical values. To change the value, you must shut down all instances in the cluster, change the value for each instance, and then start up each instance.


Setting this parameter to any value other than the default will disable Cache Fusion processing in Oracle9i Real Application Clusters.

GC_FILES_TO_LOCKS is an Oracle9i Real Application Clusters parameter that has no effect on an instance running in exclusive mode. It controls the mapping of pre-release 9.0.1 parallel cache management (PCM) locks to datafiles.


The value of the parameter should be set to cover as many files as possible. Therefore, to avoid performance problems, you should always change GC_FILES_TO_LOCKS when the size of datafiles change or when new datafiles are added. Doing so requires you to shut down and restart your cluster database.

If the number of PCM locks allocated to a datafile is less than or equal to the number of blocks in a datafile, each of these locks will cover a number of contiguous blocks within the datafile equal to blocks. If the number of PCM locks assigned to the datafile is larger than its number of blocks, resources will be wasted because some locks will not be covering any blocks.

A colon (:) separates each clause that assigns a number of PCM locks to file_list.

See Also:

Oracle9i Real Application Clusters Concepts and Oracle9i Real Application Clusters Deployment and Performance for more information on setting this parameter