Re: RAC waitevent: gc freelist on one node

From: K Gopalakrishnan <>
Date: Mon, 3 Nov 2008 22:08:29 -0800
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Without version,OS details it is very hard to speculate. GC FREELIST wait means, basically you are waiting on the LE (Lock Element) during the lock acquision. LE works somewhat (in crude terms) like buffer hash chains and you can query the X$KCLFX (LE Freelist structure) and see whether the LENGH is close to zero on the offending node.

A quick fix is to restart the node (if the length is zero on the troubled node and bigger numbers in the other two nodes) just to clear the mess in the freelist chain.

Best Regards,
K Gopalakrishnan
Co-Author: Oracle Wait Interface, Oracle Press 2004

Author: Oracle Database 10g RAC Handbook, Oracle Press 2006

On Fri, Oct 31, 2008 at 6:47 AM, Ajay Thotangare <> wrote:
> Hi,
> We have having a 3 node RAC and from last few days noticed performance of 1
> of node has degraded. In V$session session of that node, I always see lot of
> sessions waiting on waitevent "gc freelist". I don't see this wait event on
> other 2 nodes where performance is not affected.
> Not sure if this wait event is indicating something. I could not find any
> documentation on this wait event Can somebody please explain me this wait
> event or point me to right document. Does this wait event looks related to
> degraded performance?
> Pls advice.
> --Ajay

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