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SharePlex 8.6.6 - Reference Guide

About this guide Conventions used in this guide SharePlex commands SharePlex parameters SharePlex utilities Appendix B: SharePlex environment variables

Log Parameters

These parameters are used to control properties of the SharePlex logs.

SP_SLG_LOG_MAXSIZE

This parameter controls the size of the SharePlex Event and Trace logs. When the file reaches its maximum size, the following happens, depending on the log:

  • The Event Log is renamed to event_log_n, where n is the next number in the sequence of files, and then a new file is created as the active event log. For example, when the first event log reaches its maximum size, it is renamed to event_log_0000000001 and then a new file is opened as the active log. When that file reaches its maximum size, it is renamed to event_log_0000000002, and so forth.
  • The Trace Log is truncated. Before writing to this log, SharePlex checks its size. If the size is larger than the value of this parameter, SharePlex truncates the file before writing to it.

Before increasing this parameter, make certain that you have enough disk space to accommodate the new file size.

 

Default: 500 MB

Range of valid values: 1 to 2048 MB in increments of 1 MB

Takes effect: when SharePlex is restarted

SNMP Parameters

These parameters are used to control properties of SharePlex SNMP support.

SP_SLG_SNMP_ACTIVE

This parameter is a flag that enables or disables SNMP support.

SharePlex provides agent support for Simple Network Management Protocol (SNMP) on all Unix, Linux, and Windows platforms supported by SharePlex replication.

Note: SharePlex provides only agent support for SNMP. It only sends SNMP traps. SharePlex does not provide an SNMP signal daemon (SNMP manager) to intercept the traps. Use the SharePlex SNMP feature only if you have a Network Management Station (NMS) to manage SNMP signals. The SharePlex SNMP agent is named snmptrap and is installed with SharePlex in the bin sub-directory of the SharePlex product directory. Do not run this program.

 

Default: 0 (off)

Range of valid values: 0 or 1 (on)

Takes effect: when SharePlex is restarted

SNMP agent parameters

The following parameters configure the SNMP agent to communicate with the NMS. Each parameter must have a value if the SP_SLG_SNMP_ACTIVE parameter is enabled.

Parameter Value
SP_SLG_SNMP_HOST The name of the system (host) to which the traps will be sent
SP_SLG_SNMP_COMMUNITY The community security string
SP_SLG_SNMP_MJR_ERRNUM The major error number to be used by the traps
SP_SLG_SNMP_MNR_ERRNUM The minor error number to be used by the traps

Custom MIB parameters

The following parameters specify required information for a custom MIB.

Parameter Value
SP_SLG_SNMP_ENTERPRISE_OID The enterprise object identifier to send with the trap. The default is 1.3.6.1.4.1.3.1.1 .
SP_SLG_SNMP_TRAP_OID A custom object identifier to bind to the trap. The default is 1.3.6.1.2.1.1.1.0.
SP_SLG_SNMP_TRAP_PROGRAM The name of the trap program. The default is iwsnmptrap.

SNMP trap parameters

The following parameters configure the SNMP agent to send traps for specific replication events. The message or error text for the event is included in the trap and is the same error that appears in the Event Log.

To enable an SNMP trap for an event, set the corresponding parameter to a value of 1. By default all traps are disabled (parameter value of 0).

Parameter SharePlex Event
SP_SLG_SNMP_INT_ERROR SharePlex logic errors and errors that cause processes to exit
SP_SLG_SNMP_SYS_ERROR System-related errors encountered by SharePlex
SP_SLG_SNMP_ERROR Other SharePlex errors
SP_SLG_SNMP_OUT_OF_SYNC Replication is out of synchronization
SP_SLG_SNMP_STARTUP SharePlex starts up
SP_SLG_SNMP_SHUTDOWN SharePlex shuts down
SP_SLG_SNMP_LAUNCH A SharePlex process starts
SP_SLG_SNMP_EXIT A SharePlex process stops

System Parameters

These parameters control system-related SharePlex properties.

SP_SYS_HOST_NAME

This parameter is for use in environments where one SharePlex variable-data directory is shared among multiple nodes, such as clusters and systems with alternate network interfaces. It provides SharePlex the correct logical host name (global cluster package name) when any of its processes issues a name lookup, superseding the local system name. The name set with this parameter enables SharePlex to migrate properly during failover.

  • Set SP_SYS_HOST_NAME on the primary node and all secondary (adoptive) nodes before you activate the configuration, and configure it into the package that fails over.
  • Set this parameter in the .profiles file on Unix and Linux systems and in the Windows Registry on Windows systems.
  • On Unix and Linux systems, set this parameter through sp_ctrl in the shared variable-data directory. Setting SP_SYS_HOST_NAME through sp_ctrl sets it permanently in the variable-data directory, which is part of the failover, and it ensures that the package name exports before sp_cop starts when you are ready to begin replication.
  • Set SP_SYS_HOST_NAME only on machines within the cluster.

When you issue sp_ctrl commands from a system affecting a clustered machine, use the name set with SP_SYS_HOST_NAME as the host in the [onhost] option, or set it as the default for sp_ctrl by using the host command.

Complete instructions for using this parameter on clustered systems are in the SharePlex Installation Guide.

 

Default: none

Range of valid values: the character string of the package name

Takes effect: when SharePlex is restarted

 

SP_SYS_IN_SYNC

This parameter controls the way that SharePlex replicates tables that have key columns where a NULL value is allowed.

  • When this parameter is set to the default of 0 (off), SharePlex uses the key to locate rows on the target system, whether or not any of those columns contain NULLs. This can cause an out-of-sync condition for UPDATEs and DELETEs if the key for a row contains NULLs. The row’s uniqueness cannot be assured, and it is possible for SharePlex to change the wrong row on the target system.
  • When this parameter is set to 1 (on), it directs SharePlex to use the key, but only if there are no NULLs in the row’s key. If the key contains a NULL value, SharePlex uses all of the columns in the row as a simulated key to ensure that it locates the correct target row.

If you know that the keys in your application will never contain NULLs (although NULLs were declared), leave this parameter off, because it incurs more overhead with the added logic that it uses. Set this parameter on the source system, and set it before you activate the configuration.

 

Default: 0 (off)

Range of valid values: 0 or 1 (flag)

Takes effect: when Capture and Read are restarted

 

SP_SYS_JOB_HISTORY_RETENTION

This parameter defines how many days information about past compare, compare using, repair, copy or append jobs will be kept for the job status and/or report commands to display.

 

Default: 90 days

Range of valid values: 0 or any positive integer

Takes effect: immediately

 

SP_SYS_SUSPEND_ON_ERROR

This parameter controls whether or not the Capture or Post process stops when it encounters a system or internal SharePlex error. The default of 1 directs the process to stop when there is an error. A setting of 0 directs the process to continue but generate a message in the Event Log.

Important: If Capture is stopped for too long, it can lose pace with Oracle, and the redo logs can wrap. If that happens, Capture reads the archive logs, but if the archive logs become unavailable, you will need to resynchronize the data.

 

Default: 1 (stop on errors)

Range of valid values: 0 or 1 (flag)

Takes effect: immediately

 

SP_SYS_VAR_FULL

This parameter sets a threshold for available space on the disk where the SharePlex variable- data directory is installed. It prevents the queues from exceeding available disk space. If an operation being processed by Capture, Read or Import will cause available disk space to drop below the value set for this parameter, the process stops. Processing resumes when available disk space reaches the threshold set with the SP_SYS_VAR_OK parameter.

 

Default: 30 MB

Range of valid values: any positive integer greater than the value of SP_SYS_VAR_OK

Takes effect: immediately

 

SP_SYS_VAR_OK

This parameter sets the amount of available disk space at which Capture, Read or Import resumes processing after it stopped because the value for SP_SYS_VAR_FULL was reached.

 

Default: 50 MB

Range of valid values: any positive integer

Takes effect: immediately

Compare Command Parameters

These parameters control properties of the SharePlex compare command.

SP_DEQ_IGNORE_ORACLE_ERROR_NUM

This parameter allows the user to specify an Oracle Error Number to ignore. The specified errror number will be ignored up to 500 times. This parameter is mainly for debugging purposes and should not be use with the repair or repair1 option.

 

Default: 0 (none)

Range of valid values: Any valid Oracle Error Number, e.g. 1406

Takes effect: immediately available for the next comparison

 

SP_DEQ_IP_MAPPING

This parameter maps the IP addresses when Network Address Translation (NAT) is implemented between the source and target systems. When NAT is implemented, the target IP address on the source machine (for example, 192.168.32.10) and the IP address on the target machine (for example, 213.18.123.103) can be different, which can cause confusion when the compare and repair commands are issued. When you set the parameter SP_DEQ_IP_MAPPING on the target machine, the IP address 192.168.32.10 is considered equivalent to the IP address 213.18.123.103, thus allowing Post to process the compare message and the compare sp_declt client process to finish the Compare process.

Set the SP_DEQ_IP_MAPPING parameter on the target system as in the following example:

sp_ctrl> set param SP_DEQ_IP_MAPPING "192.168.32.10:213.18.123.103"

Note: Use the appropriate IP addresses for your source and target machines. The IP addresses listed above are only an example.

In addition, the SP_DEQ_IP_MAPPING parameter accepts multiple mappings, separated by a comma, as in the following example:

sp_ctrl> set param SP_DEQ_IP_MAPPING "192.168.32.10:213.18.123.103,10.2.3.4:50.64.70.88"

 

Default: None

Range of valid values: one or more valid IP addresses, separated with a comma

Takes effect: When the next compare command is issued

 

SP_DEQ_LOG_FILESIZE

This parameter controls the size of the SQL log file that is generated by the compare server, the compare client, and the compare client.

 

Default: 50 MB

Range of valid values: Any size greater than 0.

Takes effect: Immediately available for the next comparison.

 

SP_DEQ_MALLOC

This parameter is to be used for the Compare process on the source side to allocate memory usage by controlling fetch batch size. The batch size controls the number of rows that SharePlex selects at once for comparison. Larger batch sizes increase processing speed but require more memory. The value is divided equally by the number of compare threads to be used, and then the batch size is recalculated based on all column sizes added together.

 

Default: 500 (MB)

Range of valid values: 50 to 32,767 (MB)

Takes effect: Immediately available for the next comparison.

 

SP_DEQ_PARALLELISM

This parameter manages the select statement Degree of Parallelism hint.

When SP_DEQ_PARRALLISM is set to zero, no parallel hint will be used. A user-provided hint from the command line will have higher precedence.

 

Default: 2

Range of valid values: 0 to 500

Takes effect: immediately available for the next comparison.

 

SP_DEQ_PARTIAL_REPAIR_CLR_OOS

 

This parameter enables the repair process to clear out-of-sync messages from the statusdb for a table after a compare-repair of only a subset of rows of that table, such as:

  • Row subsets specified with a WHERE clause or an Oracle [sub]partition name.
  • Row subsets specified with horizontally partitioned replication.

This parameter works as follows:

  • Value of 0 (disabled, the default): The out-of-sync messages are retained in the statusdb after a subset of the rows is compared and repaired. The messages are retained so that users are aware there may be out-of-sync rows that were not qualified by the selection criteria.
  • Value of 1 (enabled): The out-of-sync messages are cleared after a subset of the rows is compared and repaired. Enable this parameter only if you know that the rows in the subset are the only ones in the table that are out-of-sync.

NOTE: To be certain all of the out-of-sync rows in a table are repaired, run the compare-repair for the entire table.

 

Default: 0 (disabled)

Range of valid values: 0 or 1 (flag)

Takes effect: immediately available for the next comparison.

 

SP_DEQ_PART_TABLE_UPDATE

This parameter affects the behavior of the repair using and repair commands when they are issued for Oracle partitioned target tables.

  • When this parameter is set to the default of 0, partitioned Oracle target tables are repaired using INSERTs and DELETEs only. Repairs requiring UPDATEs are converted to a DELETE followed by an INSERT to prevent errors when an UPDATE could cause a row to change partitions and row movement is not enabled for the table.
  • When this parameter is set to 1, partitioned Oracle tables are repaired using INSERTs, UPDATEs, and DELETEs as appropriate. Use this mode only when you know UPDATEs will not result in a row changing partitions in the target table or when row movement is enabled for the target table.

Set this parameter on the target system.

 

Default: 0 (do not repair with UPDATEs)

Range of valid values: 0 or 1 (flag)

Takes effect: immediately available for the next comparison

 

SP_DEQ_READ_BUFFER_SIZE

This parameter applies only to LOB and LONG columns during a compare/repair operation. It adjusts the size of the buffer that holds the fetched LOB or LONG data when those columns are being compared and repaired. The value of the parameter should be adjusted based on the available system memory and data size.

 

Default: 1 MB

Range of valid values: any integer between 1 and 100 (values in MB)

Takes effect: Immediately available for the next comparison

 

SP_DEQ_ROW_LOCK_THRESHOLD

This parameter controls whether the repair process locks the entire target table or only the out-of-sync rows when performing a repair. When the number of out-of-sync rows is less than the specified value, only the out-of-sync rows are locked for the repair. This enables the Post process to continue posting to other rows in the table.

 

Default: 1000 out of sync rows

Range of valid values: Any positive integer

Takes effect: Immediately available for the next comparison

 

SP_DEQ_SKIP_LOB

This parameter directs the behavior of the compare and repair commands with respect to tables containing LOB columns.

  • When the parameter is set to the default of 0, the compare processes compare and repair tables with LOBs.
  • When the parameter is set to 1, tables with LOBs are processed, but only non-LOB columns are compared and repaired. The LOB columns are ignored.

Set this parameter on the source system.

 

Default: 0

Range of valid values: 0 or 1 (flag)

Takes effect: Immediately available for the next comparison

 

SP_DEQ_THREADS

This parameter controls the number of processing threads used by the compare commands on the source system. Each thread creates a sp_declt process on the target machine.

The default of 2 threads has proven to be the best number for UP machines, but you might obtain performance improvements with up to 15 threads. Too many threads causes diminishing benefits, especially if it causes large tables to be compared at the same time.

The value for the thread count is independent of the number of tables to be compared, and SharePlex will not generate more threads than there are tables to be compared. If the machine has only one processor, set this parameter to a value of 1. Do not set it to more than the number of processors on the system.

 

Default: 2 threads

Range of valid values: 1 to 15

Takes effect: immediately available for the next comparison

 

SP_DEQ_TIMEOUT

This parameter controls the connection time out for the compare and repair commands. Because the sp_desvr process relies on the replication queues to instantiate the sp_declt process(es) on the target system, the sp_declt process cannot start until all previous messages in the queues have been processed. If the delay is longer than the time out specified with this parameter, sp_desvr exits and returns an error. If you know the queues are more than 30 minutes backlogged, you can increase this parameter as needed.

 

Default: 1800 seconds (30 minutes)

Range of valid values: 121 seconds or greater

Takes effect: immediately available for the next comparison

 

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