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[Discuss] Shutting down Oracle hosted on Linux

On 01/25/2013 12:16 PM, Rich Pieri wrote:
> On Fri, 25 Jan 2013 11:36:03 -0500
> Jerry Feldman <gaf at> wrote:
>> people prefer to shut down the database. Since the Linux shutdown
>> command issues a kill -TERM on all processes is it really necessary
>> to do the Oracle shutdown prior to the Linux shutdown.
> It's not a preference. It's a requirement. kill -TERM will tell Oracle
> to shut down but it takes time to clean up. If you halt the system
> before the cleanup is finished then you will -- not might, will -- end
> up with a corrupted database.
I can issue a kill -TERM manually, but you are right the best way is to
log into Oracle and tell it to shut down first.

> I hope your DBAs are available to fix it when it happens.
>> I have DBA privs on the database, but our DBAs are in Toronto and they
>> are no longer allowed to work on servers in the US.
> ...
> You're screwed.
Fortunately they are allowed to work on it on a low priority interim
basis. This not only affects me in the Boston office, but also New York
and Philadelphia.

Jerry Feldman <gaf at>
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