In Chapter 11 of PeopleSoft for the Oracle DBA, I suggested using a database trigger to enable Oracle's SQL Trace facility. Then, in chapter 14, I introduced a further trigger to disable trace for Application Engine processes, in case they are run with the PSAESRV process.
This is not a good idea because the cursors opened by the Application Engine program are still open when the AE program completed, and process updates its status from 7 (processing) to 9 (success) or 3 (error). This causes the unset_trace trigger to fire and disable SQL Trace. Consequently the STAT lines for these cursors are never emitted to the trace file. The STAT lines contain the execution plans and a wealth of other information.
Instead, I have a new version of the trace trigger (trace_trigger.sql can be down loaded from the Go-Faster website).
1. The trigger fires when any process begins. Previously I used logic in the WHEN clause to restrict when it fired.
2. Wait events are collected in the trace by default.
3. Irrespective of whether trace is enabled, the trigger also calls the dbms_application_info package to set the module name to the PeopleSoft Process Name, and action to the PeopleSoft Process Instance number.
4. Also irrespective of whether trace is enabled, the trace file identifier is set so that the trace file name includes the Process Type, Process Name, Process Instance Number, and the name of the Process Scheduler.
(Updated 6.2.2009) Previous versions of this trigger set tracefile identifier irrespective of whether trace was enabled. Unfortunately, this causes a small trace file to be generated for every process.
5. Logic in the trigger determines whether a SQL Trace will be enabled. The supplied version of the trigger traces proceses whose run controls begin with 'TRACE'
6. Additional logic has been added to also enable bind variables to be captured if the run control begins with 'TRACEBIND'.
7. The dbms_monitor package is new in Oracle 10g, and is the only officially supported way to enable extended trace. If using the trigger on earlier versions of the database, it should be replaced with the commented code to set event 10046.
8. If it is not required to SQL Trace a process, and the process is an Application Engine program, then trace is explicitly disabled. Thus, if a PSAESRV process has traced an AE program, trace is disabled when it next handles a request. This has the advantage that the stat lines for the cursors are written to the trace file. However, the disadvantage is that the process continues to trace between requests, and the time between requests is reported as 'SQL*Net message from client'.