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From: Yasin Baskan <>
Date: Tue, 6 Feb 2007 14:26:05 +0200
Message-ID: <083667B535F3464CA0DD0D1DAFA4E3760C6FEBE3@camexc1.kfs.local>

We are using SIMILAR selectively for some programs and for some users
(in For third-party applications we had to use this because we
could not get those fixed. Actually there is one database used by a third-party application that we have even set FORCE for the instance
(this is 9.0.1).

I have not seen any problems with this usage, but you can still have many versions if you use SIMILAR, especially if you have histograms. SIMILAR can decrease the possibility of shared pool errors but may not get rid of them completely.

[] On Behalf Of Leng Kaing Sent: Tuesday, February 06, 2007 12:37 AM To:

Hi All,

Is anyone using the CURSOR_SHARING=SIMILAR out there? Our program has a lot of literals (yeah, try getting the developers to change!) and I was wondering if we could try and use CURSOR_SHARING=SIMILAR to help the shared pool...

We've got databases running Oracle to I've encountered bugs in Oracle 8 but was hoping that by it's all very safe now. Can I turn it on again? Have you got any nasty side effects to share.

Also, in my search of google I came across this blog: t.html

"Oracle does not recommend setting CURSOR_SHARING to FORCE in a DSS environment or if you are using complex queries. Also, star transformation is not supported with CURSOR_SHARING set to either SIMILAR or FORCE"

I haven't seen this documented in metalink, ie. star transformation is not supported. Is this correct? And how does a star transformation come about? I thought that they are generated via a HINT, init.ora parameter or when the optimizer thinks it's appropriate. If it's the latter (ie. optimizer) I'd have a very hard time deciding what queries will be affected by the CURSOR_SHARING=SIMILAR hint. How do you guys deal with it? We have clients who keeps on asking if they can turn this parameter on and I keep on quoting bugs and stuff. I'd really like to know if anyone is using it successfully out there.

TIA, Leng.

Leng Kaing

Senior Oracle DBA

Hansen Technologies; 2 Frederick St; Doncaster 3108

Ph: +61-3-9840-3832


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