SQL Tuning Set to Baseline to Advisor

In my previous post “Advisor to Baseline – am I missing something?”, the answer was an inevitable “Yes”.

Just as a reminder, what I had tried to do was:

  1. Create a Tuning Set from some statements in AWR
  2. Create and execute a Tuning Task based on the Tuning Set
  3. Accept the simple profile recommendations from the Advisor
  4. Create a SQL Plan Baseline from the Tuning Set and with it all the new profiles

What happened was that I ended up with a bunch of standalone profiles from the Advisor – see DBA_SQL_PROFILES and/or SQLOBJ$ of object type 1, looking at hints in COMP_DATA of SQLOBJ$DATA or packing to staging table and inspecting there.

And I ended up with a bunch of SQL Plan Baselines with hints from the old plans for statements that I had run through the Advisor because they were rubbish (DBA_SQL_PLAN_BASELINES and SQLOBJ$ of object type 2, looking at hints in COMP_DATA of SQLOBJ$DATA or packing to staging table and inspecting there.)

Quick question – what happens if you have some SQL Plan Baselines with some “bad” hints whilst there also exist some standalone sql profiles with some “good” hints?

From my observations, the Baselines will win. The bad plans will be used. However, because when baselines are being used, on hard parse the optimizer will generate a plan anyway and record any differences in plans generated. So when generating the plan anyway, the standalone sql profiles kick in and so the baseline will contain unaccepted “better” plans ready to be evolved for subsequent executions (unaccepted depending on whether you’re runing with automatic evolution or not).

And back to what I should have done initially and that’s:

  1. Create a Tuning Set from some statements in AWR
  2. Create a SQL Plan Baseline from the Tuning Set
  3. Create and execute a Tuning Task based on the Tuning Set
  4. Accept the simpler, non-parallel profile recommendations from the Advisor

This way the profiles get created not as standalone profiles but part of SQL Plan Baselines – SQLOB$ object type 2 – and accepted and enabled in DBA_SQL_PLAN_BASELINES (FLAGS=11 in SQLOBJ$).

I’ll back this all up with some proof and isolated examples one day.
At the minute, everything’s just too manic, manic trying to get this stuff to work, manic fighting management FUD about just about any new feature since Oracle 9…

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