In the Session Browser, in the lower details section of the screen,
there is a tab labeled ACCESS. We are hoping you will rename it to
“DANGER” or “DOOM” or “DEATH AWAITS”.
For some reason, whenever (and it has happened at least once to every
DBA using the TOAD session browser… and more than once to most all of
us) when that tab is select on any of our production (or dev/test
clones, doesn’t matter. Just has to be a big DB) systems, the
corresponding process spins out of control. If left to its devices, it
will freeze Oracle on the server, and sometimes, even make it so that we
have to go to the console and reboot the machine. IF you hit CANCEL in
the first 1 or 2 seconds, you might be lucky enough to stop it before
the spiral of death. It will show the cancelling screen, but you are
still just waiting for the inevitable.
If you are quick enough to log on to the machine and kill the deadly
process (usually by blind luck, unless you have the SPID column showing
on the screen, you can most times halt the death march. If you aren’t
quick enough, then …
Am I too dramatic? I’m glad it isn’t Friday, cuz I’d have to use other
trite phrases like “walkin’ the plank” and “keel-haulin” to get my point
across. You can probably guess that I accidentally hit the tab today. I
brought the wrath of many on my head. My neck will be in a collar for
Please, give me some relief!
David A. Hicken
UtahToad at gmail dot com
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