C.3 Descriptions of Wait Events

This section provides detailed descriptions for those wait events of greatest interest.

Where appropriate, pointers are provided to further information elsewhere in Oracle Database documentation. For a complete listing of wait events, in alphabetical order, you can issue the following SQL statement:

SQL> SELECT name FROM V$EVENT_NAME ORDER BY name;

C.3.1 alter system set dispatcher

A session has issued a statement ALTER SYSTEM SET DISPATCHER = string and is waiting for the dispatchers to get started.

Wait Time: The session will wait 1 / 100 of a second and verify if the new dispatchers have started, else the session will wait again

Parameter Description

waited

Number of times that the session has waited 1 / 100 of a second

C.3.2 ARCH Remote Write

Used to track the time (in centiseconds) that ARCn background processes spend blocked waiting for network write operations to complete.

C.3.3 ASYNC Remote Write

Used to track the time (in centiseconds) for asynchronous streaming RFSWRITE operations. This includes stall reaps and streaming network submission time. This time is accumulated by TTnn (Redo Transport Slave) background processes.

See Also:

Oracle Data Guard Concepts and Administration for more information about using RFS to manage standby redo logs.

C.3.4 batched allocate scn lock request

A session is waiting on another process to allocate a system change number (SCN). If the foreground timed out waiting on a process to get the SCN, the foreground will get the SCN.

Wait Time: The wait time is 1 second on the assumption that an SCN allocation should normally need much less than that

Parameters: None

C.3.5 BFILE check if exists

The session waits to check if an external large object (LOB) exists.

Wait Time: The total elapsed time for the exists call

Parameter Description

session#

See "session#"

waited

See "waited"

C.3.6 BFILE check if open

The session waits for an external large object (LOB) to open.

Wait Time: The total elapsed time for the isopen call

Parameter Description

session#

See "session#"

waited

See "waited"

C.3.7 BFILE closure

The session waits for an external large object (LOB) to close.

Wait Time: The total elapsed time for the close call

Parameter Description

session#

See "session#"

waited

See "waited"

C.3.8 BFILE get length

The session waits on a call to check the size of an external large object (LOB).

Wait Time: The total elapsed time for the call to check the LOB size

Parameter Description

session#

See "session#"

waited

See "waited"

C.3.9 BFILE get name object

The session waits on a call to find or generate the external name of a external large object.

Wait Time: The total elapsed time for make external file name to complete

Parameter Description

session#

See "session#"

waited

See "waited"

C.3.10 BFILE get path object

The session is waiting on a call to find or generate the external path name of an external large object (LOB).

Wait Time: The total elapsed time for make external path to complete

Parameter Description

session#

See "session#"

waited

See "waited"

C.3.11 BFILE internal seek

The session waits for a positioning call within the external large object (LOB) to complete.

Wait Time: The total elapsed time for the seek to complete

Parameter Description

session#

See "session#"

waited

See "waited"

C.3.12 BFILE open

The session waits for an external large object (LOB) to open.

Wait Time: The total elapsed time for the isopen call

Parameter Description

session#

See "session#"

waited

See "waited"

C.3.13 BFILE read

The session waits for a read from a external large object (LOB) to complete.

Wait Time: The total elapsed time for the read to complete

Parameter Description

session#

See "session#"

waited

See "waited"

C.3.14 broadcast mesg queue transition

Processes enter "wait for broadcast mesg queue transition" when cleaning up a publisher channel handle to a RELIABLE broadcast channel. The publisher is responsible for moving the message to the free queue, but it cannot do so until the message is in the done queue. If the message is still not in the done queue, process enters this wait. This wait event will most likely appear when an Oracle process is about to exit normally, or when PMON cleans up a dead process.

Wait Time: Varies

Parameter Description

channel handle

publisher channel handle pointer

message

broadcast message pointer

location

A number indicating the function in KSR where the process is waiting

C.3.15 broadcast mesg recovery queue transition

Processes enter "wait for broadcast mesg recovery queue transition" when cleaning up a publisher channel handle to a RELIABLE broadcast channel. The broadcasted message is in the recovery queue of another channel handle (for example, ch2). Process enters this wait, if the message is yet to be removed from the recovery queue of the ch2 channel handle. This wait event will most likely appear when an Oracle process is about to exit normally, or when PMON cleans up a dead process.

Wait Time: Varies

Parameter Description

channel handle

Publisher channel handle pointer

message

Broadcast message pointer

location

A number indicating the function in KSR where the process is waiting

C.3.16 buffer busy waits

Wait until a buffer becomes available.

There are four reasons that a session cannot pin a buffer in the buffer cache, and a separate wait event exists for each reason:

  1. "buffer busy waits": A session cannot pin the buffer in the buffer cache because another session has the buffer pinned.

  2. "read by other session": A session cannot pin the buffer in the buffer cache because another session is reading the buffer from disk.

  3. "gc buffer busy acquire": A session cannot pin the buffer in the buffer cache because another session is reading the buffer from the cache of another instance.

  4. "gc buffer busy release": A session cannot pin the buffer in the buffer cache because another session on another instance is taking the buffer from this cache into its own cache so it can pin it.

Prior to release 10.1, all four reasons were covered by "buffer busy waits." In release 10.1, the "gc buffer busy" wait event covered both the "gc buffer busy acquire" and "gc buffer busy release" wait events.

Wait Time: Normal wait time is 1 second. If the session was waiting for a buffer during the last wait, then the next wait will be 3 seconds.

Parameter Description

file#

See "file#"

block#

See "block#"

class#

See "class"

See Also:

Oracle Database Performance Tuning Guide for more information about the potential causes of the buffer busy waits wait event

C.3.17 buffer deadlock

Oracle does not really wait on this event; the foreground only yields the CPU. Thus, the chances of catching this event are very low. This is not an application induced deadlock, but an assumed deadlock by the cache layer. The cache layer cannot get a buffer in a certain mode within a certain amount of time.

Wait Time: 0 seconds. The foreground process only yields the CPU and will usually be placed at the end of the CPU run queue.

Parameter Description

class

See "class"

mode

See "mode"

flag

The flag points to the internal flags used by the session to get this block

dba

See "dba"

C.3.18 buffer latch

The session waits on the buffer hash chain latch. Primarily used in the dump routines.

Wait Time: 1 second

Parameter Description

latch addr

The virtual address in the SGA where this latch is located. Use the following statement to find the name of this latch:

select *
from v$latch a, v$latchname b
where addr = latch addr
and a.latch# = b.latch#;

chain#

The index into array of buffer hash chains. When the chain is 0xfffffff, the foreground waits on the LRU latch.

C.3.19 buffer read retry

This event occurs only if the instance is mounted in shared mode (Oracle Real Application Cluster).

During the read of the buffer, the contents changed. This means that either:

  • The version number, dba, or the incarnation and sequence number stored in the block no longer match

  • The checksum on the block does not match the checksum in the block

The block will be reread (this may fail up to 3 times), then corruption is assumed and the corrupt block is dumped in the trace file.

Wait Time: The wait time is the elapsed time of the read

Parameter Description

file#

See "file#"

block#

See "block#"

C.3.20 checkpoint completed

A session waits for a checkpoint to complete. This could happen, for example, during a close database or a local checkpoint.

Wait Time: 5 seconds

Parameters: None

C.3.21 cleanup of aborted processes

When a process spawn is aborted while the process spawning background is in the middle of spawning, the current session must wait until the pid of the new process is filled in. Once the pid is filled in, then the process spawn can be actually aborted.

Wait Time: Usually 3 seconds

Parameter Description

location

Location of the wait

C.3.22 control file parallel write

This event occurs while the session is writing physical blocks to all control files. This happens when:
  • The session starts a control file transaction (to ensure the control files are up to date in case the session crashes before committing the control file transaction)

  • The session commits a transaction to a control file

  • Changing a generic entry in the control file, the new value is being written to all control files

Wait Time: The wait time is the time it takes to finish all writes to all control files

Parameter Description

files

The number of control files to which the session is writing

blocks

The number of blocks that the session is writing to the control file

requests

The number of I/O requests which the session wants to write

C.3.23 control file sequential read

Reading from the control file. This happens often. For example, while:
  • Making a backup of the control files

  • Sharing information (between instances) from the control file

  • Reading other blocks from the control files

  • Reading the header block

Wait Time: The wait time is the elapsed time of the read

Parameter Description

file#

The control file from which the session is reading

block#

Block number in the control file from where the session starts to read. The block size is the physical block size of the port (usually 512 bytes, some UNIX ports have 1 or 2 Kilobytes).

blocks

The number of blocks that the session is trying to read

C.3.24 control file single write

This wait is signaled while the control file's shared information is written to disk. This is an atomic operation protected by an enqueue (CF), so that only one session at a time can write to the entire database.

Wait Time: The wait time is the elapsed time of the write

Parameter Description

file#

This identifies the control file to which the session is currently writing

block#

Block number in the control file where the write begins. The block size is the as the physical block size of the port (usually 512 bytes, some UNIX ports have 1 or 2 Kilobytes).

blocks

The number of blocks that the session is trying to write

C.3.25 cursor: mutex S

A session waits on this event when it is requesting a mutex in shared mode, when another session is currently holding a this mutex in exclusive mode on the same cursor object.

Parameter Description

P1

Hash value of cursor

P2

Mutex value (top 2 bytes contain SID holding mutex in exclusive mode, and bottom two bytes usually hold the value 0)

P3

Mutex where (an internal code locator) OR'd with Mutex Sleeps

C.3.26 cursor: mutex X

The session requests the mutex for a cursor object in exclusive mode, and it must wait because the resource is busy. The mutex is busy because either the mutex is being held in exclusive mode by another session or the mutex is being held shared by one or more sessions. The existing mutex holder(s) must release the mutex before the mutex can be granted exclusively.
Parameter Description

P1

Hash value of cursor

P2

Mutex value (top 2 bytes contain SID holding mutex in exclusive mode, and bottom two bytes usually hold the value 0)

P3

Mutex where (an internal code locator) OR'd with Mutex Sleeps

C.3.27 cursor: pin S

A session waits on this event when it wants to update a shared mutex pin and another session is currently in the process of updating a shared mutex pin for the same cursor object. This wait event should rarely be seen because a shared mutex pin update is very fast.

Wait Time: Microseconds

Parameter Description

P1

Hash value of cursor

P2

Mutex value (top 2 bytes contains SID holding mutex in exclusive mode, and bottom two bytes usually hold the value 0)

P3

Mutex where (an internal code locator) OR'd with Mutex Sleeps

C.3.28 cursor: pin S wait on X

A session waits for this event when it is requesting a shared mutex pin and another session is holding an exclusive mutex pin on the same cursor object.

Wait Time: Microseconds

Parameter Description

P1

Hash value of cursor

P2

Mutex value (top 2 bytes contains SID holding mutex in exclusive mode, and bottom two bytes usually hold the value 0)

P3

Mutex where (an internal code locator) OR'd with Mutex Sleeps

C.3.29 cursor: pin X

A session waits on this event when it is requesting an exclusive mutex pin for a cursor object and it must wait because the resource is busy. The mutex pin for a cursor object can be busy either because a session is already holding it exclusive, or there are one or more sessions which are holding shared mutex pin(s). The exclusive waiter must wait until all holders of the pin for that cursor object have released it, before it can be granted.

Wait Time: Microseconds

Parameter Description

P1

Hash value of cursor

P2

Mutex value (top 2 bytes contains SID holding mutex in exclusive mode, and bottom two bytes usually hold the value 0)

P3

Mutex where (an internal code locator) OR'd with Mutex Sleeps

C.3.30 Data Guard: process clean up

During Data Guard process termination, Data Guard will wait for one second for process cleanup to complete.

C.3.31 Data Guard: process exit

During Data Guard process termination, Data Guard will wait for a process to exit before attempting any process cleanup that may be required.  It will sleep for one second between each check for process exit.

C.3.32 Data Guard Broker: single instance

The Data Guard Broker (DMON) process waits for the other instances in this cluster to complete shutdown before continuing with the broker operation.

Wait Time: Depends on the number of instances, but not exceeding 30 seconds times the number of instances

C.3.33 db file asynch I/O submit

When asynchronous I/O is available, this wait event captures any time spent in submitting I/Os to the underlying storage.

C.3.34 db file parallel read

This happens during recovery. It can also happen during buffer prefetching, as an optimization (rather than performing multiple single-block reads). Database blocks that must be changed as part of recovery are read in parallel from the database.

Wait Time: Wait until all of the I/Os are completed

Parameter Description

files

This indicates the number of files to which the session is reading

blocks

This indicates the total number of blocks to be read

requests

This indicates the total number of I/O requests, which will be the same as blocks

C.3.35 db file parallel write

This event occurs in the DBWR. It indicates the time that DBWR spends waiting for I/O completion.

If asynchronous I/O is available, then the db file asynch I/O submit wait event captures any time spent in submitting I/Os to the underlying storage.

When asynchronous I/O is not available, db file parallel write captures the time spent during submit and reap.

Wait Time: While there are outstanding I/Os, DBWR waits for some of the writes to complete. DBWR does not wait for all of the outstanding I/Os to complete.

Parameter Description

requests

This indicates the total number of I/O requests, which will be the same as blocks

interrupt

timeout

This indicates the timeout value in hundredths of a second to wait for the I/O completion.

See Also:

C.3.36 db file scattered read

Similar to the “db file sequential read” wait event, except that the session is reading multiple data blocks.

Wait Time: The wait time is the actual time it takes to do all of the I/Os

Parameter Description

file#

See "file#"

block#

See "block#"

blocks

The number of blocks that the session is trying to read from the file# starting at block#

See Also:

C.3.37 db file sequential read

The session waits while a sequential read from the database is performed. This event is also used for rebuilding the control file, dumping data file headers, and getting the database file headers.

Wait Time: The wait time is the actual time it takes to do the I/O

Parameter Description

file#

See "file#"

block#

See "block#"

blocks

This is the number of blocks that the session is trying to read (should be 1)

See Also:

C.3.38 db file single write

This event is used to wait for the writing of the file headers.

Wait Time: The wait time is the actual time it takes to do the I/O

Parameter Description

file#

See "file#"

block#

See "block#"

blocks

This is the number of blocks that the session is trying to write in file# starting at block#

See Also:

C.3.39 DFS db file lock

This event occurs only for the DBWR in Real Application Clusters. Each DBWR of every instance holds a global lock on each file in shared mode. The instance that is trying to offline the file will escalate the global lock from shared to exclusive. This signals the other instances to synchronize their SGAs with the control file before the file can be taken offline.

The name of this lock is DF (see Oracle Enqueue Names for more information).

Wait Time: 1 second in loop. The DBWR is waiting in a loop (sleep, check) for the other instances to downgrade to NULL mode. During this time, the DBWR cannot perform other tasks such as writing buffers.

Parameter Description

file

See "file#"

C.3.40 DFS lock handle

The session waits for the lock handle of a global lock request. The lock handle identifies a global lock. With this lock handle, other operations can be performed on this global lock (to identify the global lock in future operations such as conversions or release). The global lock is maintained by the DLM.

Wait Time: The session waits in a loop until it has obtained the lock handle from the DLM. Inside the loop there is a wait of 0.5 seconds.

Parameter Description

name

See "name and type"

mode

See "mode"

id1

See "id1"

id2

See "id2"

The session needs to get the lock handle.

C.3.41 direct path read

During Direct Path operations the data is asynchronously read from the database files. At some stage the session needs to make sure that all outstanding asynchronous I/O have been completed to disk. This can also happen if during a direct read no more slots are available to store outstanding load requests (a load request could consist of multiple I/Os).

Wait Time: 10 seconds. The session will be posted by the completing asynchronous I/O. It will never wait the entire 10 seconds. The session waits in a tight loop until all outstanding I/Os have completed.

Parameter Description

descriptor address

This is a pointer to the I/O context of outstanding direct I/Os on which the session is currently waiting

first dba

The dba of the oldest I/O in the context referenced by the descriptor address

block cnt

Number of valid buffers in the context referenced by the descriptor address

See Also:

Oracle Database Performance Tuning Guide for more information about this wait event

C.3.42 direct path sync

During Direct Path write operations the data is asynchronously written to the database files. At some point the session needs to ensure that all outstanding asynchronous I/O have been completed to disk. On UNIX the fsync command, which synchronizes data to disk, is issued to confirm that all the writes have completed and the data is all on disk.

Wait Time: The time taken for the fsync operation to complete, which normally is the time taken to complete the outstanding I/Os.

Parameters Description

file#

See "file#"

flags

Flags used for debugging purposes

C.3.43 direct path write

During Direct Path operations, the data is asynchronously written to the database files. At some stage the session needs to make sure that all outstanding asynchronous I/O have been completed to disk. This can also happen if, during a direct write, no more slots are available to store outstanding load requests (a load request could consist of multiple I/Os).

Wait Time: 10 seconds. The session will be posted by the completing asynchronous I/O. It will never wait the entire 10 seconds. The session waits in a tight loop until all outstanding I/Os have completed.

Parameter Description

descriptor address

This is a pointer to the I/O context of outstanding direct I/Os on which the session is currently waiting

first dba

The dba of the oldest I/O in the context referenced by the descriptor address

block cnt

Number of valid buffers in the context referenced by the descriptor address

See Also:

Oracle Database Performance Tuning Guide for more information about this parameter

C.3.44 Disk file operations I/O

This event is used to wait for disk file operations (for example, open, close, seek, and resize). It is also used for miscellaneous I/O operations such as block dumps and password file accesses.

Wait Time: The wait time is the actual time it takes to do the I/O

Parameter Description

FileOperation

Type of file operation

fileno

File identification number

filetype

Type of file (for example, log file, data file, and so on)

C.3.45 dispatcher shutdown

During shutdown immediate or normal, the shutdown process must wait for all the dispatchers to shutdown. As each dispatcher is signaled, the session that causes the shutdown is waits on this event until the requested dispatcher is no longer alive.

Wait Time: 1 second

Parameter Description

waited

Indicates the cumulative wait time. After 5 minutes, the session writes to the alert and trace files to indicate that there might be a problem.

See Also:

Oracle Database SQL Language Reference for information about shutting down a dispatcher using SHUTDOWN clause of the SQL ALTER SYSTEM statement

C.3.46 dispatcher timer

This basically means that the dispatcher is idle and waiting for some work to arrive.

Wait Time: 60 seconds

Parameter Description

sleep time

The intended sleep time. The dispatcher will return to work sooner if it is posted by either data arriving on the network or by a post from a shared server process to send data back to the client.

See Also:

Oracle Database Performance Tuning Guide for more information about this wait event

C.3.47 duplicate cluster key

It is possible for a race condition to occur when creating a new cluster key. If it is found that another process has put the cluster key into the data/index block, then the session waits and retries. The retry should then find a valid cluster key.

Wait Time: 0.01 seconds

Parameter Description

dba

The dba of the block into which the session is trying to insert a cluster key

C.3.48 enq: OW - initialization

A session will wait on this event if it is trying to initialize the database wallet, and another session has already begun an initialization.

Wait Time: Total time necessary to initialize the wallet context

Parameters: None

See Also:

Oracle Database Performance Tuning Guide for more information about the potential causes of an enqueue wait event

C.3.49 enq: OW - termination

A session will wait on this event if it is trying to terminate the database wallet, and another session has already begun a termination.

Wait Time: Total time necessary to deallocate memory used by the wallet context and terminate the context.

Parameters: None

See Also:

Oracle Database Performance Tuning Guide for more information about the potential causes of an enqueue wait event

C.3.50 enq: TX - index contention

Occurs when a transaction inserting a row in an index has to wait for the end of an index block split being done by another transaction.

C.3.51 enq: TX - row lock contention

This wait event can occur for several reasons.

  • If one user is wanting to update or delete a row or rows that another session is modifying. The session holding the lock will release it when it performs a COMMIT or ROLLBACK.

  • If a session is waiting due to potential duplicates in a UNIQUE index. If two sessions try to insert the same key value, the second session has to wait to see if an ORA-0001 should be raised or not. The session holding the lock will release it when it performs a COMMIT or ROLLBACK.

  • If a session is waiting due to a shared bitmap index fragment. Bitmap indexes index key values and a range of rowids. Each entry in a bitmap index can cover many rows in the actual table. If two sessions want to update rows covered by the same bitmap index fragment, then the second session waits for the first transaction to either COMMIT or ROLLBACK by waiting for the TX lock.

C.3.52 enqueue

The session is waiting for a local enqueue.

The wait depends on the name of the enqueue (see Oracle Enqueue Names).

Wait Time: Depends on the enqueue name

Parameter Description

name

See "name and type"

mode

See "mode"

See Also:

Oracle Database Performance Tuning Guide for more information about the potential causes of an enqueue wait event

C.3.53 flashback buf free by RVWR

This wait event only occurs when Flashback Database is turned on. A session waits for recovery writer (RVWR) to write flashback data to the flashback logs on disk because the buffers are full. Until RVWR can free up the buffers, the session may need to wait.

If this event becomes a top wait event for the database, it is typically because the file system or storage system for the Fast Recovery Area does not support enough bandwidth for Oracle to write the flashback database logs. Refer to the Flashback Database section in Oracle Database Backup and Recovery User’s Guide for tuning considerations.

Wait Time: 1 second

Parameters: None

C.3.54 flashback logfile sync

Waits for flashback database data to be written to disk.

Wait Time: Includes RVWR writing the flashback database data and posting this process

Parameters: None

C.3.55 free buffer waits

This wait event can occur for several reasons.

  • All buffer gets have been suspended. This could happen when a file was read-only and is now read/write. All the existing buffers must be invalidated since they are not linked to lock elements (needed when mounted parallel (shared)). So cache buffers are not assigned to data block addresses until the invalidation is finished.

  • The session moved some dirty buffers to the dirty queue and now this dirty queue is full. The dirty queue must written first. The session will wait on this event and try again to find a free buffer

  • This also happens after inspecting free buffer inspected buffers. If no free buffer is found, Oracle waits for one second, and then tries to get the buffer again (depends on the context). For more information, see free buffer inspected.

Wait Time: 1 second

Parameter Description

file#

See "file#"

block#

See "block#"

See Also:

C.3.56 free global transaction table entry

The session is waiting for a free slot in the global transaction table (used by the Distributed Database option). It will wait for 1 second and try again.

Wait Time: 1 second

Parameter Description

tries

The number of times the session tried to find a free slot in the global transaction table

C.3.57 free process state object

Used during the creation of a process. The session will scan the process table and look for a free process slot. If none can be found, PMON is posted to check if all the processes currently in the process table are still alive. If there are dead processes, then PMON will clean them and make the process slot available to new processes. The waiting process will then rescan the process table to find the new slot.

Wait Time: 1 second

Parameters: None

C.3.58 gc recovery quiesce

Instance recovery is waiting for a global cache operation to complete.

Wait Time: The total elapsed time for the global cache operation to complete

Parameter Description

file#

See "file#"

block#

See "block#"

class

See "class"

C.3.59 GCS lock open S

The session waits for a resource get in SHARED mode on the block identified by file# and block#.

Wait Time: 1 second

Parameter Description

file#

See "file#"

block#

See "block#"

class

See "class"

C.3.60 GCS lock open X

The session waits for a resource get in EXCLUSIVE mode on the block identified by file# and block#.

Wait Time: 1 second

Parameter Description

file#

See "file#"

block#

See "block#"

lenum

See "le"

C.3.61 gcs remastering wait for drop pkey

A session dropping an object waits on the lock manager daemon (LMD) to remove the object's affinity to an instance.

Wait Time: 20 hundredths of a second

Parameter Description

pkey

The object id of the database object being dropped

C.3.62 global cache busy

The session waits to convert a buffer from Shared Current to Exclusive Current status.

Wait Time: 1 second

Parameter Description

file#

See "file#"

block#

See "block#"

le

See "le"

C.3.63 global cache lock cleanup

PMON is waiting for an LCK process to cleanup the lock context after a foreground process died while doing a global cache lock operation.

Wait Time: 1 second

Parameter Description

file#

See "file#"

block#

See "block#"

lenum

See "le"

C.3.64 global cache freelist

All releasable locks are used and a new one has been requested. To make a resource element available, a resource element is pinged.

Wait Time: The duration of the resource get operation to ping the resource element

Parameters: None

C.3.65 inactive session

This event is used for switching and killing sessions.

  • Switching sessions

    If a timeout period has been specified, then wait that amount of time for the session to be detached.

  • Killing sessions

    From either KILL SESSION or internal request. Having posted a session that it should kill itself, wait for up to 1 minute for the session to terminate.

Wait Time: 1 second

Parameter Description

session#

See "session#"

waited

See "waited"

C.3.66 inactive transaction branch

The session waits for a transaction branch that is currently used by another session.

Wait Time: 1 second

Parameter Description

branch#

The serial number of the transaction for which the session is waiting

waited

See "waited"

C.3.67 index block split

While trying to find an index key in an index block, Oracle noticed that the index block was being split. Oracle will wait for the split to finish and try to find the key again.

Wait Time: The session will yield the CPU, so there is no actual waiting time

Parameter Description

rootdba

The root of the index

level

This is the level of the block that the session is trying to split in the index. The leaf blocks are level 0. If the level is > 0, it is a branch block. (The root block can be considered a special branch block).

childdba

The block that the session is trying to split

C.3.68 instance state change

The session waits for SMON to enable or disable cache or transaction recovery. This usually happens during ALTER DATABASE OPEN or CLOSE.

Wait Time: Wait time depends on the amount of time the action takes (that is, the amount of recovery needed)

Parameter Description

layer

This value can be 1 or 2. If 1, it means that the transaction layer wants transaction recovery to be performed. If 2, it means that cache recovery will be performed.

value

This value can be 0 (disable) or 1 (enable)

waited

The number of seconds waited so far

C.3.69 io done

The session waits for an I/O to complete or it waits for a slave process to become available to submit the I/O request. This event occurs on platforms that do not support asynchronous I/O.

Wait Time: 50 milliseconds

Parameter Description

msg ptr

A pointer to the I/O request

C.3.70 kcl bg acks

The session waits for the background LCK process(es) to finish what they are doing. For example:
  • Lock recovery

  • Initializing the locks (start up)

  • Finalizing the locks (shut down)

Wait Time: 10 seconds

Parameter Description

count

The number of LCK processes that have finished

loops

The number times the process had to wait for the LCK processes to finish what they were doing

C.3.71 ksxr wait for mount shared

The cross instance broadcast facility of this Oracle instance is waiting for the database mount in shared mode to complete.

Wait Time: The time taken for the instance to mount. An indefinite wait on this event implies that the instance startup is hanging.

C.3.72 ktm: instance recovery

The session waits for SMON to finish the instance, transaction recovery, or sort segment cleanup.

Wait Time: The wait time can vary and depends on the amount of recovery needed

Parameter Description

undo segment#

If the value is 0, SMON is probably performing instance recovery. If P1 > 0, use this query to find the undo segment:

select *
from v$rollstat
where usn = undo segment#;

C.3.73 latch activity

This event is used as part of the process of determining whether a latch must be cleaned.

Wait Time: 0.05 to 0.1 seconds

Parameter Description

address

The address of the latch that is being checked

number

The latch number of the latch that has activity. To find more information on the latch, use the following SQL statement:

select *
from v$latchname
where latch# = number;

process#

If this is 0, it is the first phase of the in-flux tests

See Also:

Oracle Database Performance Tuning Guide for more information about latch wait events

C.3.74 latch free

The process waits for a latch that is currently busy (held by another process).

Wait Time: The wait time increases exponentially and does not include spinning on the latch (active waiting). The maximum wait time also depends on the number of latches that the process is holding. There is an incremental wait of up to 2 seconds.

Parameter Description

address

The address of the latch for which the process is waiting

number

The latch number that indexes in the V$LATCHNAME view.To find more information on the latch, use the following SQL statement:

select *
from v$latchname
where latch# = number;

tries

A count of the number of times the process tried to get the latch (slow with spinning) and the process has to sleep

See Also:

Oracle Database Performance Tuning Guide for more information about latch wait events

C.3.75 latch: redo copy

Redo copy latches are acquired by sessions in order to write changes into the redo log buffer and by the LGWR process to ensure that there are no current writers before it copies data from the buffer to the redo log.

C.3.76 latch: row cache objects

This event occurs when another session is modifying the contents of part of the dictionary cache (or row cache). This event is often associated with high parse activity but may occur for other reasons, such as manipulation of rollback segments. V$ROWCACHE may indicate which part of the row cache is being contended.

C.3.77 library cache load lock

The session tries to find the load lock for the database object so that it can load the object. The load lock is always obtained in Exclusive mode, so that no other process can load the same object. If the load lock is busy the session will wait on this event until the lock becomes available.

Wait Time: 3 seconds (1 second for PMON)

Parameter Description

object address

Address of the object being loaded

lock address

Address of load lock being used

mask

Indicates which data pieces of the object that must loaded

C.3.78 library cache lock

This event controls the concurrency between clients of the library cache. It acquires a lock on the object handle so that either:
  • One client can prevent other clients from accessing the same object

  • The client can maintain a dependency for a long time (for example, no other client can change the object)

This lock is also obtained to locate an object in the library cache.

Wait Time: 3 seconds (1 second for PMON)

Parameter Description

handle address

Address of the object being loaded

lock address

Address of the load lock being used. This is not the same thing as a latch or an enqueue, it is a State Object.

mode

Indicates the data pieces of the object which must be loaded

namespace

See "namespace"

See Also:

C.3.79 library cache pin

This event manages library cache concurrency. Pinning an object causes the heaps to be loaded into memory. If a client wants to modify or examine the object, the client must acquire a pin after the lock.

Wait Time: 3 seconds (1 second for PMON)

Parameter Description

handle address

Address of the object being loaded

pin address

Address of the load lock being used. This is not the same thing as a latch or an enqueue, it is basically a State Object.

mode

Indicates which data pieces of the object that must be loaded

namespace

See "namespace"

See Also:

C.3.80 library cache shutdown

The process shutting down the instance waits for sessions to complete before proceeding with library cache shutdown.

C.3.81 library cache: mutex X

Library cache mutexes protect hash buckets within the shared pool. Each hash bucket contains a number of cursors. The mutex must be held in exclusive mode before any of the structures that it protects can be changed. This wait event is often associated with high parse activity.

C.3.82 LMON global data update

The rolling migration operation is waiting for a response from LMON to acknowledge the global data was updated.

Wait Time: The time it takes for LMON to publish/retrieve the global data associated with a

Parameters: None

C.3.83 lock manager wait for remote message

The lock manager waits for a message from a remote lock manager in the same configuration.

Wait Time: The elapsed time of the wait

Parameter Description

waittime

The elapsed time of the actual wait

C.3.84 Log archive I/O

Used local archiving of online redo logs (for a production database) or standby redo logs (for a standby database). When the archiving process exhausts its I/O buffers because all of them are being used for on-going I/O's, the wait for an available I/O buffer is captured in this system wait event.

Wait Time: Depends on the speed of the disks

Parameters: None

C.3.85 log buffer space

Waiting for space in the log buffer because the session is writing data into the log buffer faster than LGWR can write it out. Consider making the log buffer bigger if it is small, or moving the log files to faster disks such as striped disks.

Wait Time: Usually 1 second, but 5 seconds if it is waiting for a Switch Logfile to complete

Parameters: None

See Also:

C.3.86 log file parallel write

Writing redo records to the redo log files from the log buffer.

Wait Time: Time it takes for the I/Os to complete. Even though redo records are written in parallel, the parallel write is not complete until the last I/O is on disk.

Parameter Description

files

Number of files to be written

blocks

Number of blocks to be written

requests

Number of I/O requests

See Also:

Oracle Database Performance Tuning Guide for information about how this wait event can help identify I/O problems

C.3.87 log file sequential read

Waiting for the read from this logfile to return. This is used to read redo records from the log file.

Wait Time: Time it takes to complete the physical I/O (read)

Parameter Description

log#

The relative sequence number of the logfiles within a log group (used only when dumping the logfiles)

block#

See "block#"

blocks

The number of blocks to read

C.3.88 log file single write

Waiting for the write to this logfile to complete. This event is used while updating the header of the logfile. It is signaled when adding a log file member and when incrementing sequence numbers.

Wait Time: Time it takes for the physical I/O (write) to complete

Parameter Description

log#

This is the number of the group/log to which the session is currently writing

block#

See "block#"

blocks

The number of blocks to write

C.3.89 log file switch (archiving needed)

Waiting for a log switch because the log that the LGWR will be switching into has not been archived yet. Check the alert log to ensure that archiving has not stopped due to a failed archive write. To speed archiving, consider adding more archive processes or putting the archive files on striped disks.

Wait Time: 1 second

Parameters: None

C.3.90 log file switch (checkpoint incomplete)

Waiting for a log switch because the session cannot wrap into the next log. Wrapping cannot be performed because the checkpoint for that log has not completed.

Wait Time: 1 second

Parameters: None

C.3.91 log file switch (clearing log file)

Waiting for a log switch because the log is being cleared due to a CLEAR LOGFILE command or implicit clear logfile executed by recovery.

Wait Time: 1 second

Parameters: None

C.3.92 log file switch (private strand flush incomplete)

User sessions trying to generate redo, wait on this event when LGWR waits for DBWR to complete flushing redo from IMU buffers into the log buffer; when DBWR is complete LGWR can then finish writing the current log, and then switch log files.

Wait Time: 1 second

Parameters: None

C.3.93 log file switch completion

Waiting for a log switch to complete.

Wait Time: 1 second

Parameters: None

C.3.94 log file sync

When a user session commits, the session's redo information must be flushed to the redo logfile. The user session will post the LGWR to write the log buffer to the redo log file. When the LGWR has finished writing, it will post the user session.

Wait Time: The wait time includes the writing of the log buffer and the post.

Parameter Description

buffer#

The number of the physical buffer in the redo log buffer that must be synchronized

See Also:

C.3.95 log switch/archive

Used as part of the ALTER SYSTEM ARCHIVE LOG CHANGE scn statement. The session waits for the current log from all open threads to be archived.

Wait Time: Wait for up to 10 seconds

Parameter Description

thread#

The thread number of the thread that is currently archiving its current log

C.3.96 optimizer stats update retry

When concurrent sessions try to update optimizer statistics for the same object, all of them except the one that successfully acquired all necessary locks/pins on the library/row cache entries, wait on this wait event and then retry locking after a short period of time. In addition to explicit statistics gathering and maintenance operations using the DBMS_STATS package, Oracle database itself may try to update statistics for some objects, either on behalf of the user or for its own maintenance purposes.

Wait Time: 10 ms

Parameters: None

C.3.97 parallel recovery change buffer free

The parallel recovery coordinator is waiting for a change mapping buffer to be released by one of the recovery slaves.

Wait Time: 100ms

Parameters: None

C.3.98 parallel recovery control message reply

The parallel recovery coordinator is waiting for all recovery slaves to respond to a synchronous control message.

Wait Time: 100ms

Parameters: None

C.3.99 parallel recovery coord send blocked

The parallel recovery coordinator cannot send a redo change message because the recovery slave is still actively applying redo that it has already received and has not yet released the channel.

Wait Time: 100ms

Parameters: None

C.3.100 parallel recovery coord wait for reply

The parallel recovery coordinator is waiting for all recovery slaves to exit.

Wait Time: 100ms

Parameters: None

C.3.101 parallel recovery coordinator waits for slave cleanup

The parallel recovery coordinator is waiting for all recovery slaves to exit gracefully.

Wait Time: 10ms

Parameters: None

C.3.102 parallel recovery read buffer free

The parallel recovery coordinator is waiting for a log read buffer to be released by all recovery slaves. Only after every recovery slave finishes applying redo from a log read buffer, can the buffer be used by the coordinator to issue the next log read.

Wait Time: 100ms

Parameters: None

C.3.103 parallel recovery slave next change

A parallel recovery slave is idle and waiting for the next change message from the coordinator.

Wait Time: 100ms

Parameters: None

C.3.104 pending global transaction(s)

This event should happen only during testing. The session waits for pending transactions to clear.

Wait Time: 30 seconds

Parameter Description

scans

Number of times the session has scanned the PENDING_TRANS$ table

C.3.105 pipe get

The session waits for a message to be received on the pipe or for the pipe timer to expire.

Wait Time: There is a 5 second wake up (check) and the pipe timer set by the user

Parameter Description

handle address

The library cache object handle for this pipe

buffer length

The length of the buffer

timeout

The pipe timer set by the user

See Also:

Oracle Database Performance Tuning Guide for more information about this wait event

C.3.106 pipe put

The session waits for the pipe send timer to expire or for space to be made available in the pipe.

Wait Time: There is the 5 second wakeup (check) and the user-supplied timeout value

Parameter Description

handle address

The library cache object handle for this pipe

record length

The length of the record or buffer that has been put into the pipe

timeout

The pipe timer set by the user

C.3.107 PL/SQL lock timer

This event is called through the DBMS_LOCK.SLEEP procedure. This event will most likely originate from procedures written by a user.

Wait Time: The wait time is in hundredths of seconds and depends on the user context

Parameter Description

duration

The duration that the user specified in the DBMS_LOCK.SLEEP procedure

C.3.108 pmon timer

This is the main wait event for PMON. When PMON is idle, it is waiting on this event.

Wait Time: Up to 3 seconds, if not posted before

Parameter Description

duration

The actual amount of time that the PMON is trying to sleep

See Also:

Oracle Database Performance Tuning Guide for more information about this wait event

C.3.109 prewarm transfer retry

Release a hash latch, then wait under this event before attempting to re-acquire the hash latch.

Wait Time: 10ms

Parameters: None

C.3.110 prior process spawner to be cleaned up

When a prior process has died while spawning a background, the current process which is trying to spawn new a background must wait until the prior process state is cleaned up.

Wait Time: Usually 3 - 10 seconds

Parameter Description

process_pid

process identifier (see V$PROCESS.PID) of the process whose state must be cleaned up.

process_sno

process serial number (see V$PROCESS.SERIAL#) of the process whose state must be cleaned up.

C.3.111 process startup

Wait for a shared server, Dispatcher, or other background process to start.

Wait Time: Wait up to 1 second for a background process to start. If timed out, then re-wait until 5 minutes have passed and signal an error. If the process has started, the event will acknowledge this.

Parameter Description

type

The process type that was started

process#

The process number of the process being started

waited

Cumulative time waited for the process to start

C.3.112 PX Deque wait

The process is waiting for a message during a parallel execute.

Wait Time: The wait time depends on how quickly the message arrives. Wait times can vary, but it will normally be a short period of time.

Parameter Description

reason

The reason for dequeuing

sleeptime

The amount of time that the session slept

loop

The total number of times that the session has slept

C.3.113 PX qref latch

Each parallel execution process has a parallel execution qref latch, which must be acquired before the queue buffers can be manipulated.

Wait Time: Wait up to 1 second

Parameter Description

function

Indicates the type of wait that the session is doing

sleeptime

The amount of time that the session waits (in hundredths of a second)

qref

The address of the process queue for which the session is waits

C.3.114 PX server shutdown

During normal or immediate shutdown the parallel execution slaves are posted to shutdown cleanly. If any parallel execution slaves are still alive after 10 seconds, they are killed.

Wait Time: Wait up to 0.5 seconds

Parameter Description

nalive

The number of parallel execution slaves that are still running

sleeptime

The total sleeptime since the session started to wait on this event

loop

The number of times the session waited for this event

C.3.115 PX signal server

This event occurs only in Exclusive mode. The query coordinator is signalling the Query Slaves that an error has occurred.

Wait Time: 0.5 seconds

Parameter Description

serial

The serial number of the slave process queue

error

The error that has occurred

nbusy

The number of slave processes that are still busy

C.3.116 rdbms ipc message

The background processes (LGWR, DBWR, LMS0) use this event to indicate that they are idle and are waiting for the foreground processes to send them an IPC message to do some work.

Wait Time: Up to 3 seconds. The parameter timeout shows the true sleep time.

Parameter Description

timeout

The amount of time that the session waits for an IPC message

See Also:

Oracle Database Performance Tuning Guide for more information about this wait event

C.3.117 rdbms ipc message block

This event indicates that all message blocks are in use and that the session had to wait for a message block to become available.

Wait Time: Wait up to 60 seconds

Parameters: None

C.3.118 rdbms ipc reply

This event is used to wait for a reply from one of the background processes.

Wait Time: The wait time is specified by the user and is indicated by the parameter timeout.

Parameter Description

from_process

The background process for which the session is waiting. The wait is for a reply to an IPC message sent by the session.

timeout

The amount of time in seconds that this process will wait for a reply

C.3.119 read by other session

This event occurs when a session requests a buffer that is currently being read into the buffer cache by another session. Prior to release 10.1, waits for this event were grouped with the other reasons for waiting for buffers under the 'buffer busy waits' event.

Wait Time: Time waited for the buffer to be read by the other session (in microseconds)

Parameter Description

file#

See "file#"

block#

See "block#"

class#

See "class"

C.3.120 recovery active instance mapping setup

This event is used to track the time taken (in centiseconds) to set up recovery context on remote instances.

C.3.121 recovery apply pending

This event tracks the time the logmerger process waited (in centiseconds) for apply slaves to apply all pending changes up to a certain SCN.

C.3.122 recovery cancel

This wait event is used to track the time taken (in centiseconds) to cancel multi instance media recovery.

C.3.123 recovery checkpoint

This wait event tracks the time (in centiseconds) spent waiting for DBWR processes on all instances to write dirty buffers to disk up to a certain SCN.

C.3.124 recovery file header update for checkpoint

This wait event tracks the time (in centiseconds) spent by MRP0 process waiting on master logmerger to update file headers to record the latest checkpoint.

C.3.125 recovery file header update for fuzziness

This wait event tracks the time taken (in centiseconds) to update file headers to record media recovery fuzziness.

C.3.126 recovery marker apply

This wait event is used to track the time (in centiseconds) taken to process a recovery marker.

C.3.127 recovery merge pending

This wait event is used to track the time spent (in centiseconds) by the MRP0 process waiting for remote logmergers to merge changes up to a certain SCN.

C.3.128 recovery metadata latch

This wait event tracks the time taken (in centiseconds) to get the active DataGuard metadata update latch to advance a query SCN.

C.3.129 recovery move influx buffers

This wait event is used to track the time spent (in centiseconds) waiting for all apply slaves to move their influx buffers to the dirty queue.

C.3.130 recovery read

A parallel recovery slave (or serial recovery process) is waiting for a batch of data block reads to complete.

Wait Time: Time it takes to complete the physical I/O (read)

Parameters: None

C.3.131 recovery receive buffer free

This wait event is used to track the time (in centiseconds) spent by the receiver process on instance waiting for apply slaves to apply changes from received buffers so that they can be freed for the next change.

C.3.132 recovery remote file verification

This wait event tracks the time spent (in centiseconds) by the MRP0 process waiting for remote logmergers to finish file verification on remote instances.

C.3.133 recovery send buffer free

This wait event is used to track the time spent (in centiseconds) by the sender process waiting for apply slaves to apply changes from the local instance so that the buffer can be reused for new changes.

C.3.134 recovery shutdown

This wait event is used to track the time (in centiseconds) taken for remote logmergers to shut down.

C.3.135 Redo Transport Attach

Used to track the time spent (in centiseconds) doing Connect, Logon, and RFSATTACH for any network process.

See Also:

Oracle Data Guard Concepts and Administration for more information about using RFS to manage standby redo logs.

C.3.136 Redo Transport Close

Used to track the time spent (in centiseconds) by ARCn, NSSn, and TTnn processes doing RFSCLOSE and RFSRGSTR operations.

See Also:

Oracle Data Guard Concepts and Administration for more information about using RFS to manage standby redo logs.

C.3.137 Redo Transport Detach

Used to track the time spent (in centiseconds) doing RFSDETACH and Disconnect for any network process.

See Also:

Oracle Data Guard Concepts and Administration for more information about using RFS to manage standby redo logs.

C.3.138 Redo Transport Open

Used to track the time spent (in centiseconds) by ARCn, NSSn, and TTnn background processes doing RFSCREAT and RFSANNCE operations.

See Also:

Oracle Data Guard Concepts and Administration for more information about using RFS to manage standby redo logs.

C.3.139 Redo Transport Ping

Used to track the time spent (in centiseconds) by ARCn background processes doing RFSPING operations.

See Also:

Oracle Data Guard Concepts and Administration for more information about using RFS to manage standby redo logs.

C.3.140 Redo Transport Slave Shutdown

Used to track the time spent (in centiseconds) by LGWR doing NSSn and TTnn process shutdown and termination.

C.3.141 Redo Transport Slave Startup

Used to track the time spent (in centiseconds) by LGWR doing NSSn and TTnn process startup and initialization.

C.3.142 Redo Writer Remote Sync Complete

Used to track the time spent (in centiseconds) by LGWR reaping completed network writes to remote destinations.

C.3.143 Redo Write Remote Sync Notify

Used to track the time spent (in centiseconds) by LGWR issuing network writes to remote destinations.

C.3.144 Remote Sync Ping

Used to track the time spent (in centiseconds) by the LGWR and NSSn background processes doing synchronous PING operations.

C.3.145 resmgr:become active

The session is waiting for a resource manager active session slot. This event occurs when the resource manager is enabled and the number of active sessions in the session's current consumer group exceeds the current resource plan's active session limit for the consumer group. To reduce the occurrence of this wait event, increase the active session limit for the session's current consumer group.

Wait Time: The time the session waited to be allocated an active session slot

Parameter Description

location

location of the wait

C.3.146 resmgr:cpu quantum

The session is waiting to be allocated a quantum of CPU. This event occurs when the resource manager is enabled and is throttling CPU consumption. To reduce the occurrence of this wait event, increase the CPU allocation for the sessions's current consumer group.

Wait Time: The time the session waited to acquire a CPU quantum

Parameter Description

location

Location of the wait

Consumer Group ID

Consumer group ID of the session waiting. This value is from the CONSUMER_GROUP_ID column in the DBA_RSRC_CONSUMER_GROUPS view.

C.3.147 resmgr: I/O rate limit

The session is waiting for I/O bandwidth to be available to issue I/Os. This event occurs when PDB I/O rate limits are enabled by setting the MAX_IOPS and/or MAX_MBPS parameters. To reduce the occurrence of this wait event, the PDB I/O rate limit values need to be increased. This can be achieved by increasing the values of MAX_IOPS and MAX_MBPS or by removing the limits altogether by setting the parameter value to 0.

Wait Time: The time the session waited for the I/O bandwidth to become available.

Parameter Description

P1: PDB_ID

This the PDB ID of the PDB that has its I/O throttled because the MAX_IOPS or MAX_MBPS parameter was set for it.

See Also:

C.3.148 resmgr:pq queued

The session is waiting in the parallel statement queue.

Wait Time: The time the session waited for sufficient parallel query processes to become available to run this session with the requested degree of parallelism

Parameter Description

location

Location of the wait

See Also:

Oracle Database VLDB and Partitioning Guide for more information about this wait event

C.3.149 rolling migration: cluster quiesce

This is the wait event that instances wait on when cluster is about to start a rolling migration. The instances are waiting for any privileged operations that blocks rolling migration to complete before allowing rolling migration.

Wait Time: 1 second

Parameter Description

location

Its value will be 1 if the wait is for completion of the privileged operations so that a rolling upgrade/downgrade can start. Its value will be 2 if the wait is for completion of the rolling upgrade/downgrade on all the nodes in the cluster.

waits

The number of seconds spent waiting at the current location.

C.3.150 row cache lock

The session is trying to get a data dictionary lock.

Wait Time: Wait up to 60 seconds.

Parameter Description

cache id

The CACHE# column value in the V$ROWCACHE view

mode

See "mode"

request

The pipe timer set by the user

See Also:

Oracle Database Performance Tuning Guide for more information about this wait event

C.3.151 RVWR wait for flashback copy

Waits for a process to copy flashback database data into the flashback buffer, in order to write out the requested flashback data.

Wait Time: 10 milliseconds

Parameter Description

copy latch #

The number of flashback copy latch RVWR is waiting on

C.3.152 sbtbufinfo

This function is called when Oracle needs to discover the size, and number, of I/O buffers that have been allocated by the SBT layer. It should be very fast and never block.

Wait Time: Less than one millisecond

Parameters: None

C.3.153 sbtgetbuf

This function obtains one I/O buffer that Oracle will use for I/O during a backup job.

Wait Time: Less than one millisecond

Parameters: None

C.3.154 sbtmapbuf

This is an internal function used to facilitate multi-process buffer management. It should be very fast and never block.

Wait Time: Less than one millisecond

Parameters: None

C.3.155 sbtrelbuf

This function releases an I/O buffer that has been already processed during a restore job, so that the SBT layer can fill it with more data. It should be very fast and never block.

Wait Time: Less than one millisecond

Parameters: None

C.3.156 scginq AST call

Called by the session to find the highest lock mode that is held on a resource.

Wait Time:Wait up to 0.2 seconds, but the wait will continue until the NULL mode Acquisition AST has fired.

Parameters: None

C.3.157 SGA: allocation forcing component growth

Process waiting on an immediate mode memory transfer with auto-tune SGA after a 4031 for MMAN to get the memory and post it.

Wait Time: 10 msec

Parameters: None

C.3.158 SGA: MMAN sleep for component shrink

MMAN to wait and post itself for satisfying an auto-tuned memory request while trying to fully free a component's quiesced granules. In Release 10.1, the name of this event was 'wait for SGA component shrink'.

Wait Time: 10 msec

Parameter Description

P1

component_id (corresponding to the memory pool)

P2

Current size in granules

P3

Target size in granules

C.3.159 SGA: sga_target resize

Memory resize requests wait while sga target is being resized. In Release 10.1, the name of this event was 'wait for sga_target resize'.

Wait Time: 10 msec

Parameters: None

C.3.160 Shared IO Pool Memory

Wait until a shared I/O pool buffer becomes available. This happens when processes are using these buffers for I/O and the current process needs to wait for the release of any one of the buffers to the shared I/O pool.

Wait Time: 10msec

Parameters: None

C.3.161 shared server idle wait

Idle wait event for a shared server. The server waits on the common queue for a virtual circuit. (See also "virtual circuit wait".)

Wait Time: 30 seconds

Parameters: None

See Also:

Oracle Database Performance Tuning Guide for more information about this wait event

C.3.162 single-task message

When running single task, this event indicates that the session waits for the client side of the executable.

Wait Time: Total elapsed time that this session spent in the user application

Parameters: None

C.3.163 smon timer

This is the main idle event for SMON. SMON will be waiting on this event most of the time until it times out or is posted by another process.

Wait Time: 5 minutes (300 seconds)

Parameter Description

sleeptime

The amount of time that SMON tries to wait on this event in seconds

failed

The number of times SMON was posted when there some kind of error

See Also:

Oracle Database Performance Tuning Guide for more information about this wait event

C.3.164 SQL*Net break/reset to client

The server sends a break or reset message to the client. The session running on the server waits for a reply from the client.

Wait Time: The actual time it takes for the break or reset message to return from the client

Parameter Description

driver id

See "driver id"

break?

See "break?"

C.3.165 SQL*Net break/reset to dblink

Same as SQL*Net break/reset to client, but in this case, the break/reset message is sent to another server process over a database link.

Wait Time: The actual time it takes for the break or reset message to return from the other server process

Parameter Description

driver id

See "driver id"

break?

See "break?"

C.3.166 SQL*Net message from client

The server process (foreground process) waits for a message from the client process to arrive.

Wait Time: The time it took for a message to arrive from the client since the last message was sent to the client

Parameter Description

driver id

See "driver id"

#bytes

The number of bytes received by the server (foreground process) from the client.

See Also:

Oracle Database Performance Tuning Guide for more information about this wait event

C.3.167 SQL*Net message from dblink

The session waits while the server process (foreground process) receives messages over a database link from another server process.

Wait Time: The time it took for a message to arrive from another server (foreground process) since a message was sent to the other foreground process.

Parameter Description

driver id

See "driver id"

#bytes

The number of bytes received by the server (foreground process) from another foreground process over a database link.

See Also:

Oracle Database Performance Tuning Guide for more information about this wait event

C.3.168 SQL*Net message to client

The server (foreground process) is sending a message to the client.

Wait Time: The actual time the send takes

Parameter Description

driver id

See "driver id"

#bytes

The number of bytes sent by the server process to the client

C.3.169 SQL*Net message to dblink

The server process (foreground process) is sending a message over a database link to another server process.

Wait Time: The actual time the send takes

Parameter Description

driver id

See "driver id"

#bytes

The number of bytes sent by the server process to another server process over a database link

See Also:

Oracle Database Performance Tuning Guide for more information about this wait event

C.3.170 SQL*Net more data from client

The server is waiting on the client to send more data to its client shadow process, in an already initiated operation.

Wait Time: The time waited depends on the time it took to receive the data (including the waiting time)

Parameter Description

driver id

See "driver id"

#bytes

The number of bytes received from the client

C.3.171 SQL*Net more data from dblink

The foreground process is expecting more data from a data base link.

Wait Time: The total time it takes to read the data from the database link (including the waiting time for the data to arrive)

Parameter Description

driver id

See "driver id"

#bytes

The number of bytes received

C.3.172 SQL*Net more data to client

The server process is sending more data/messages to the client. The previous operation to the client was also a send.

Wait Time: The actual time it took for the send to complete

Parameter Description

driver id

See "driver id"

#bytes

The number of bytes that are being sent to the client

See Also:

Oracle Database Performance Tuning Guide for more information about this wait event

C.3.173 SQL*Net more data to dblink

The event indicates that the server is sending data over a database link again. The previous operation over this database link was also a send.

Wait Time: The actual time it takes to send the data to the other server

Parameter Description

driver id

See "driver id"

#bytes

The number of bytes that are sent over the database link to the other server process

C.3.174 Streams AQ: waiting for messages in the queue

The session is waiting on an empty OLTP queue (Advanced Queuing) for a message to arrive so that the session can dequeue that message.

Wait Time: The amount of time that the session wants to wait is determined by the parameter wait time

Parameter Description

queue id

The ID of the OLTP queue for which this session is waiting

process#

The process number of the process in which this session runs

wait time

The intended wait time for this session

C.3.175 switch logfile command

The session waits on the user command SWITCH LOGFILE to complete.

Wait Time: 5 seconds

Parameters: None

C.3.176 SYNC Remote Write

Used to track the time spent by LGWR doing SYNC RFSWRITE operations.

See Also:

Oracle Data Guard Concepts and Administration for more information about using RFS to manage standby redo logs.

C.3.177 TCP Socket (KGAS)

A session is waiting for an external host to provide requested data over a network socket. The time that this wait event tracks does not indicate a problem, and even a long wait time is not a reason to contact Oracle Support. It naturally takes time for data to flow between hosts over a network, and for the remote aspect of an application to process any request made to it. An application that communicates with a remote host must wait until the data it will read has arrived. In addition, on Microsoft Windows, a separate thread monitors the arrival of traffic. This thread spends most of its life in waits tracked by the TCP Socket (KGAS) wait event.

Wait Time: The total elapsed time for the network connection to be established or for data to arrive from over the network

Parameter Description

P0

For Oracle internal use only. Values 8, 9, and 10 occur within the special thread present on Microsoft Windows; other P0 values occur in normal user sessions.

P1

For Oracle internal use only

C.3.178 timer in sksawat

The session waits for the Archiver (ARCn) asynchronous I/O to complete.

Wait Time: 0.01 seconds

Parameters: None

C.3.179 transaction

Wait for a blocking transaction to be rolled back. Continue waiting until the transaction has been rolled back.

Wait Time: 1 second

Parameter Description

undo seg#

The rollback segment ID

slot#

The slot ID inside the rollback segment

wrap#

The sequence number that is incremented for each transaction

count

The number of times that the session has waited on this transaction

C.3.180 unbound tx

The session waits to see if there are any transactions that have been started but do not have a Rollback Segment associated with them.

Wait Time: 1 second

Parameters: None

C.3.181 undo_retention publish retry

This wait can occur for two reasons. A session issuing an ALTER SYSTEM SET UNDO_RETENTION may wait on this event wait while a cluster reconfiguration takes place.  Or the background process MMNL may wait for cluster reconfiguration while attempting to determine the max UNDO_RETENTION.

Wait time: 1 second

Parameter Description

P1

Identifies where the retry is happening. Id = 1 retry while publishing into the max undo_retention namespace. Id = 2 retry while iterator accessing the max undo_retention namespace

P2

Retry count (maximum  number of retries is 5)

C.3.182 undo segment extension

The undo segment is being extended or shrunk. The session must wait until the operation on the undo segment has finished.

Wait Time: 0.01 seconds

Parameter Description

segment#

The ID of the rollback segment that is being extended or shrunk

C.3.183 undo segment recovery

PMON is rolling back a dead transaction. The wait continues until rollback finishes.

Wait Time: 3 seconds

Parameter Description

segment#

The ID of the rollback segment that contains the transaction that is being rolled back

tx flags

The transaction flags (options) set for the transaction that is being rolled back

C.3.184 undo segment tx slot

Wait for a transaction slot to become available within the selected rollback segment. Continue waiting until the slot is available.

Wait Time: 1 second

Parameter Description

segment#

The ID of the rollback segment that contains the transaction that is being rolled back

C.3.185 utl_file I/O

Waits associated with operations performed using the UTL_FILE package.

C.3.186 virtual circuit status

The session waits for a virtual circuit to return a message type indicated by status.

Wait Time: 30 seconds

Parameter Description

circuit#

Indicates the virtual circuit# being waited on

status

Indicates what the session is waiting for

Note:

The virtual circuit status wait event has been deprecated. It is replaced by the virtual circuit wait event.

C.3.187 virtual circuit wait

The session waits for a virtual circuit operation to complete.

Wait Time: 30 seconds

Parameter Description

circuit#

Indicates the virtual circuit# being waited on

type

Indicates the type of operation the session is waiting for

C.3.188 WCR: replay client notify

During replay, the Workload Replay Client always keeps an open connection to the database to detect some special errors. This session will normally be in the wait state until some specific replay-related exception occurs.

Wait Time: Waits until notified. Times out every 30 seconds.

Parameter Description

who am I

Identifies the reason for wait for the admin thread.

1 - waiting for REPLAY.START() to be issued.

2 - waiting for the replay to run to completion or REPLAY.CANCEL() to be issued.

C.3.189 WCR: replay clock

A session will wait on this event during replay if it has some logical dependencies on another session that has not yet committed its work.

Wait Time: Depends upon the amount of row lock contention in the original capture

Parameter Description

wait for scn's hi 4 bytes

High 4 bytes of the 8-byte replay SCN that the session is waiting on

wait for scn's lo 4 bytes

Low 4 bytes of the 8-byte replay SCN that the session is waiting on

C.3.190 WCR: replay lock order

A session will wait on this event during replay if it saw some lock contention during capture.

Wait Time: Depends upon the amount of row lock contention in the original capture

Parameter Description

wait for scn's hi 4 bytes

High 4 bytes of the 8-byte replay SCN that the session is waiting on

wait for scn's lo 4 bytes

Low 4 bytes of the 8-byte replay SCN that the session is waiting on

C.3.191 WCR: replay paused

When the user issues a DBMS_WORKLOAD_REPLAY.PAUSE_REPLAY command, all the replayed sessions are waiting on this wait event until replay is resumed.

Parameters: None

C.3.192 WCR: Sync context busy

In the default replay mode, commits during replay are synchronized to follow the same order as capture. All commits are serialized using the Sync context. A replayed session will wait on this event if it is trying to commit at the same time as another replayed session.

Parameters: None

C.3.193 WMON goes to sleep

WMON is the UNIX-specific Wait Monitor, that can be used to reduce the number of system calls related to setting timers for posting or waiting in Oracle. You must set an initialization parameter that enables the WMON process.

Wait Time: Depends on the next timeout

Parameters: None

C.3.194 write complete waits

The session waits for a buffer to be written. The write is caused by normal aging or by a cross-instance call.

Wait Time: 1 second

Parameter Description

file#

The rollback segment id that contains the transaction that is being rolled back

block#

The transaction flags (options) set for the transaction that is being rolled back

id

Identifies the reason for waiting

C.3.195 writes stopped by instance recovery or database suspension

The session is blocked until the instance that started Instance Recovery is finished.

Wait Time: 5 seconds

Parameter Description

bythread#

The rollback segment id that contains the transaction that is being rolled back

ourthread#

The current instance thread number