RE: Perl Issues

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Date: Fri, 22 Feb 2008 11:06:45 -0600
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Nope. Any query against All_Tables (or DBA_Tables or User_Tables) results in a Full Table Scan of OBJ$. Having 150,000+ tables and 230,000+ indexes in that one schema in the database results in about 420,000 rows in OBJ$. Any query using Table_Name causes over 6,400 Consistent Gets. Not horrible, but, when there are hundreds or thousands of such queries in a session, it adds up to a huge impact. In a "normal" database you'd probably not notice.

As Sys in one of your databases, set Autotrace On in SQL*Plus, do the select below, and check out the Explain Plan - pretty convoluted, eh? See how many rows your OBJ$ has and how many Consistent Gets the query takes - there's a correlation, at least in my little brain.


Jack C. Applewhite - Database Administrator Austin I.S.D.
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Select Count(*) From All_Tables Where Table_Name = '<TableName>’ and rownum=1  



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Our Developers wrote our Special Ed Student Info. application in Perl - about which I know zip. Without going into gory details of why, their code repeatedly checks for the existence of specific tables (out of the 150,000+ tables in our Production Student Info.) by doing
"Select Count(*) From All_Tables Where Table_Name = '<TableName>'"
whick is very inefficient, especially with 150,000 tables.

First of all, I want them to not check for table existence and code in Exception Handling, but they are resistent to my suggestions.

Second, if they don't code the Exception Handling, I want them to use a utility function that we have that more efficiently checks for table existence and returns a Boolean - True if exists, False if not exists.

My two questions:
1. Can Exception Handling be easily done in Perl? If so, any good examples I can point them to?
2. They say that Perl can't handle Boolean values. Is that true? Any guidance here?


Jack C. Applewhite - Database Administrator

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