AWS RDS: Read Oracle Traces from SQL*Plus

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Today’s post is another dealing with AWS services. Let’s say you need to read trace files from RDS — how would you do it?

Here’s an example of how to list and read those files based on the directories from the database setting. To see the existent directories:

SQL> select * from dba_directories;

OWNER DIRECTORY_NAME DIRECTORY_PATH ORIGIN_CON_ID
---------- ------------------------- ------------------------------------------------------------ -------------
SYS BDUMP /rdsdbdata/log/trace 0
SYS ADUMP /rdsdbdata/log/audit 0
SYS OPATCH_LOG_DIR /rdsdbbin/oracle/QOpatch 0
SYS OPATCH_SCRIPT_DIR /rdsdbbin/oracle/QOpatch 0
SYS DATA_PUMP_DIR /rdsdbdata/datapump 0
SYS OPATCH_INST_DIR /rdsdbbin/oracle/OPatch 0
SYS TMP /rdsdbdata/userdirs/01 0

7 rows selected.

Once you’ve identified the directory you need, you can list the file as per:

SQL> select * from table (rdsadmin.rds_file_util.listdir( p_directory => 'BDUMP')) order by mtime;

FILENAME TYPE FILESIZE MTIME
---------------------------------------- ---------- ---------- ---------
CPROD1_ora_48800.trm file 73 24-DEC-18
CPROD1_ora_48800.trc file 998 24-DEC-18
CPROD1_ora_86597.trc file 998 24-DEC-18
CPROD1_ora_86597.trm file 73 24-DEC-18
CPROD1_ora_7999.trc file 881 24-DEC-18
CPROD1_ora_7999.trm file 71 24-DEC-18
CPROD1_ora_7997.trm file 71 24-DEC-18
CPROD1_ora_7997.trc file 881 24-DEC-18
CPROD1_ora_8240.trm file 71 24-DEC-18
CPROD1_ora_8240.trc file 881 24-DEC-18
CPROD1_ora_8381.trm file 72 24-DEC-18
CPROD1_ora_8381.trc file 995 24-DEC-18
CPROD1_ora_8540.trc file 881 24-DEC-18
CPROD1_ora_8540.trm file 71 24-DEC-18
CPROD1_ora_9876.trc file 881 24-DEC-18
CPROD1_ora_9876.trm file 71 24-DEC-18
CPROD1_ora_11142.trm file 72 24-DEC-18
CPROD1_ora_11142.trc file 883 24-DEC-18
CPROD1_ora_11182.trc file 883 24-DEC-18
CPROD1_ora_11182.trm file 72 24-DEC-18
CPROD1_ora_55077.trm file 73 24-DEC-18
CPROD1_ora_55077.trc file 997 24-DEC-18
CPROD1_ora_92260.trm file 73 24-DEC-18
CPROD1_ora_92260.trc file 997 24-DEC-18
CPROD1_ora_123869.trc file 1000 24-DEC-18
CPROD1_ora_123869.trm file 74 24-DEC-18
CPROD1_ora_41305.trc file 998 24-DEC-18
CPROD1_ora_41305.trm file 73 24-DEC-18
CPROD1_j002_3293.trc file 114049 24-DEC-18
CPROD1_j002_3293.trm file 370 24-DEC-18
CPROD1_mmon_71739.trc file 7511332 24-DEC-18
CPROD1_mmon_71739.trm file 738330 24-DEC-18
CPROD1_ora_92888.trc file 997 24-DEC-18
CPROD1_ora_92888.trm file 73 24-DEC-18
trace/ directory 323584 24-DEC-18
alert_CPROD1.log file 204808 24-DEC-18
CPROD1_ora_70145.trc file 1470 24-DEC-18
CPROD1_ora_70145.trm file 109 24-DEC-18

3845 rows selected.

With the trace file name confirmed, you can see the content with the following:

SQL> select * from table (rdsadmin.rds_file_util.read_text_file( p_directory => 'BDUMP', p_filename => 'trace/CPROD1_s003_81573.trc'));

From the trace file:
=========================
..................................................................................
index undo for leaf key operations
KTB Redo
op: 0x02 ver: 0x01
compat bit: 4 (post-11) padding: 1
op: C uba: 0x000e289e.51da.47
Dump kdilk : itl=98, kdxlkflg=0x1 sdc=0 indexid=0x1c53db block=0x0019bdc0
(kdxlpu): purge leaf row
key :(24):
07 78 76 0c 17 17 09 32 08 c7 07 1a 02 28 15 01 18 06 00 1a 3c 99 00 1e

File 3 is not mirrored.

End dump previous blocks for kdsgrp
* kdsgrp1-2: ***********************************************
kdsDumpState: RID context dump

45511581 rows selected.

Also, as a side note, something that may help you out is the listing with the LIKE clause:

SQL> select * from table (rdsadmin.rds_file_util.listdir( p_directory => 'BDUMP')) where filename like '%CPROD1_s003_81573.trc%';

FILENAME TYPE FILESIZE MTIME
---------------------------------------- ---------- ---------- ---------
CPROD1_s003_81573.trc file 1948134047 23-DEC-18

I hope this information helps! If you have any questions or thoughts please leave them in the comments.

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Well known in the Oracle community in Latin America and Europe where he participates regularly in technology events, Matheus is actually the youngest Oracle ACE Director in the world. Lead Database Consultant at Pythian, Matheus is a Computer Scientist by PUCRS and has been working as an Oracle DBA for the last 10 years.

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