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Re: DX Lock problem

From: Charles Hooper <>
Date: Thu, 28 Jun 2007 09:13:59 -0700
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On Jun 28, 10:48 am, wrote:
> Hello folks,
> does anybody know the meaning of the v$lock.id1 column for a lock of
> type 'DX'?
> We are facing some problems w/ this type of lock.
> Sometimes a session hangs after acquiring a DX lock in exclusive mode
> serializing
> other sessions, any queries againts views related to distributed tx
> ([g]v$global_transaction,
> dba_pending_transactions, ...) hang there forever.
> Killing the session holding the lock doesn't help cause the lock is
> acquired with the same mode
> by another session. The only solution so far has been to shut the
> instance.
> I am trying to replicate the problem in our development environment
> using a couple of
> application witten in Pro*c but even if during some dml operation I
> can see a DX exclsuive
> lock, I havent't been able so far to stall the instance :(.
> If you guys know what excatly means that column, or better if you know
> what Oracle do
> during an distributed (xa) transaction would be greatly valuable for
> my debug activity.
> The production env wher i get the error is:
> 9iEE (2 nodes RAC)
> Solaris 9 64
> Bea Web Logic Server 8.1.4 (TM)
> Thanks
> g

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Whenever a distributed query or DML statement is issued from an instance a Distributed Transaction lock, DX, is taken on the transaction and is visible through v$lock:
	ADDR             KADDR                   SID TY        ID1
	---------------- ---------------- ---------- -- ----------
        070000000015CC48 070000000015CC68         16 DX         29

This entry will remain until the issuer either commits or rollbacks the transaction. This means that a query on a remote object is a transaction and it takes a rollback segment entry to support the twophase  commit feature (see References). But while the above query on v $lock will show distributed queries from this instance to a remote database it does not show queries from the remote instance to this instance.

Charles Hooper
IT Manager/Oracle DBA
K&M Machine-Fabricating, Inc. Received on Thu Jun 28 2007 - 11:13:59 CDT

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