RE: Oracle license requirements for unused options

From: Chitale, Hemant Krishnarao <>
Date: Thu, 27 Oct 2011 14:50:28 +0800
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Note the Optimizer Group's Blog Post :

I can understand the
"No additional licenses are needed to use SQL Plan Management (SPM) or any of the procedures in the DBMS_SPM package. SPM is available as part of Oracle Database Enterprise Edition 11g."

But then :
"Tuning Pack includes "Automatic Plan Evolution of SQL Plan Management". What this is actually referring to is the interaction between the SQL Tune Advisor's nightly tuning task and SPM. This interaction does require you to have a license to use the Tuning pack." Followed by
"In Oracle Database 11g, the SQL Tuning Advisor, runs automatically during the maintenance window."

If it is *automatic*, it would automatically require the Tuning Pack by virtue of it running "automagically".

So, should every DBA be advised to disable the default behaviour ?

Hemant K Chitale

-----Original Message-----
From: [] On Behalf Of Rich Jesse Sent: Thursday, October 27, 2011 12:56 PM To:
Subject: Re: Oracle license requirements for unused options

Hey Tony,

> I know about it, but it never occurred to me that it had to be touched
> on databases where I have neither a dbconsole, nor an enterprise manager
> agent - don't use the buggers anyway.
> Tuning Pack is an add-on to OEM, right?

I'm thinking it's a database option as it's required for things like SQL Realtime Monitoring. EM just gives you a GUI for it.

> On 26/10/11 6:30 PM, D'Hooge Freek wrote:
>> Nice trick of Oracle to enable it by default...

I'd say that's because it was already "on" prior to 11i. So it would seem logical to not change the default behavior in newer versions. (but I'm not putting it past The Great Moneymaker as a revenue tactic!)

And, yes, I do have D+T Packs for my ERP DBs. :)



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