Re: Build single task EXP

From: joel garry <>
Date: Fri, 29 Aug 2008 13:58:07 -0700 (PDT)
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On Aug 29, 10:12 am, Michael Schmarck <> wrote:
> · <>:
> > On Fri, 29 Aug 2008 15:01:59 +0200, Michael Schmarck
> > <> wrote:
> >>Is it at all possible to build expst on
> > The question is irrelevant.
> No, it's not. Other people seem to be able to build expst
> in Oracle 9.2.0. I'm not. So I wonder if I'm doing something wrong.
> Or rather: I wonder what am I doing wrong.

You are missing a file, and you don't know how to figure out how or why that file is not there. You are assuming (perhaps correctly) that an hp explanation is the same as your sparc problem. You are incorrectly assuming 9204 is as good or better than 9208. You are assuming that the reason exp is slow is because of interprocess communication. It's good to test that assumption, but not good to do it by performing unsupported tricks, at least for a production environment.

> > First of all, only is potentially supported, all other
> > versions are in sustained support.
> Understood. Is that important for the question that I asked?


> > Oracle has stated specifically it doesn't support single task linking,
> > so whatever 'tric' you are going to apply, they are not going to
> > support it.
> Understood. But I didn't ask Oracle, did I? :) At least I did not ask
> them on an "official channel", so to speak.
> Any, that doesn't answer the question, does it? :) Would it be possible
> to build expst on Should it possible to build it on

Perhaps you might read into it that if Oracle doesn't support it, it's not worth even trying.

> > Apart from that:
> > There are conventional methods to speed up export.
> > To mention a few
> > - Make sure you don't use TCP/IP as a communication mechanism, but use
> > BEQ and/or IPC instead
> I'm running EXP on the database server. I suppose EXP of 9.2.0 is clever
> enough to use the fastest communication mechanism.

No, it does what you tell it to.

> > - use Direct=Y
> I'm doing that.

That's likely to give the most effect, much more than the relinking, for modern OS implementations.

> > - if you don't use direct, crank up the buffer parameter on the exp
> > commandline
> I use BUFFER=20m and recordlength=64k.

Be sure you understand when this is used, when DIRECT is not used.

> > If you desire to speed up exp because you use it as a backup, you need
> > to be warned: export does not constitute a backup.
> It allows to recover data, which is stored in the export. That's
> sufficient.

It might allow restoration, recovery is a special term in the Oracle world, which logical backups do not do.

Note the "might," exp is a rickety old thing whose main purpose is not backing up. It can be helpful for certain situations. I take one nightly if possible, it's helped me out many times.

You do not want to base a backup strategy on it. Oracle is very clear about that in the backup docs.

My own experience has been, when management clearly states they only need to recover to the previous night, they are lying, often to themselves. Get an SLA.


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