How check that the Oracle Database is up?

  • For our application we have a configuration file for connecting to the Oracle database (URL, username, password).

    The application takes 2-5 minutes to start. If there is something wrong with database I see this in logs, but I have to wait 2-5 minutes. This is a lot of time.

    So I want to find out quickly and simply a way to determine that the database is all OK and online.

    Do you have any idea how I might do it ?

  • If you run the following query:


    It should return:

    ---------------- ------------ -----------------
    YOUR_DBASE       OPEN         ACTIVE
  • ps -ef | grep pmon

    PMON (process monitor) process checks all other background processes. Then you must check alert log for further investigation.

  • First thing first: you need to know the username and password to connect to database for step 2

    1. Check the oracle process runs:

      On Un*x:

      ps -ef|grep pmon

      On Windows:

      tasklist|findstr /i oracle

      if the command in any case returns output i.e. if the pmon/oracle process is running in your environment the database is running.

    2. Go to ORACLE_HOME/bin and run:

       ./sqlplus /nolog

      If after login you get errors, then the database does not run:

      SQL*Plus: Release Production on Sat Feb 31 21:61:61 2014
      Copyright (c) 1982, 2014, Oracle.  All rights reserved.
      Enter user-name: oracle
      Enter password: 
      ORA-01034: ORACLE not available
      ORA-27101: shared memory realm does not exist
      Linux-x86_64 Error: 2: No such file or directory
      Process ID: 0
      Session ID: 0 Serial number: 0

    on windows start of sqlplus would be sqlplus /nolog

  • You should use/write a script that will connect to the server and see if your database is online. Here the Oracle guys will help. Just execute it from a batch/shell script (see Running Scripts From SQL Command Line) and see it's output. If everything is alright than you have your answer.

    Or just try with SQL*Plus client.

  • It might be wise to run an actual query against the database as well. This just ensures that you can both connect and query. I would make it something very simple and fast, such as:

    SELECT pk_column 
      FROM sometable
    WHERE rownum <= 1
  • PMON will check all the bg processes

    ps -ef|grep pmon

    In addition, we can check the database is running or not.

    ps -ef|grep mydb
  • To check general database status, I recommend:

    1. Check if database processes are running. For example, from a Unix shell, running:

      $ ps -ef | grep pmon

      will show the running databases, startup times, and which Oracle users started each one.

    2. Check if listeners are running using $ ps -ef | grep tns and $ lsnrctl status LISTENER

    3. Selecting gv$resource_limit will show if database reached some configured limit.

    4. To check if there were any database errors, you should check alert.log.

    For more details see my blog post.

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