ORA-01652: unable to extend temp segment by 128 in tablespace users

“Be alpha”

You find this ora-01652 error often ,when there are huge sorts like group by ,order by and death hash joins which has large sort segments utilizing the PGA and spill over temporary tablespace to save the intermediate result sets happening in the database instance. If PGA is not sufficient to handle the large sorts in memory itself, then intermediate result sets undergo single pass or multipass operation which will undergo sorts in disk and much slower than PGA sorts

Often application administrators have this misconception that adding more space with tempfiles to temp tablespace or having huge temp tablespace will cause the sql queries to run like jet speed. This is not always true because if the sql query doesnot have sorts or group by or hash aggregation works ,then there is no point in adding more tempfiles to temporary tablespace. This will be like adding more oil to fire instead of water. You should know what consume what!

For example: If you want your vehicle to run fast, then instead of filling the fuel tank with water, fill more fuel to it. Adding water will cease your vehicle to run. Likewise, if the sql query (vehicle) with heavy sort want to run fast, then add more PGA and TEMP(fuel) to your database. 😉

A bad application administrator ask for more temp space to add without having idea on the sorting operations existence on the query so that they can conquer the database speed.

check the size of the temporary tablespace

kish@exdbx<>col TABLESPACE_NAME format a10
col TABLESPACE_SIZE format a20
col TABLESPACE_SIZE format 999999
col ALLOCATED_SPACE format 999999
col FREE_SPACE format 999999
select TABLESPACE_NAME,TABLESPACE_SIZE/1048576 MB_TOT,ALLOCATED_SPACE/1048576 MB_USED,FREE_SPACE/1048576 MB_FREE from dba_temp_free_space;kish@exdbx<>kish@exdbx<>kish@exdbx<>kish@exdbx<>kish@exdbx<>

TABLESPACE                                   MB_TOT                                  MB_USED                               MB_FREE
---------- ---------------------------------------- ---------------------------------------- ----------------------------------------
TEMP                                            355                                      355                           332

I use some sql queries with large sorts which use temporary tablespace for performing its sort operations

SQL> select a.country,a.item_type,a.sales_channel,b.order_date,sum(c.total_revenue),b.total_cost,b.total_profit
  2  from test.SALES_TAB_COPY a
  3  inner join test.tabx b on a.ORDER_ID=b.ORDER_ID
  4  inner join test.sales_tab c on b.order_id=c.order_id
  5  group by a.country,a.item_type,a.sales_channel,b.order_date,b.total_cost,b.total_profit
  6  order by 1,2,3,4 desc;

Monitor the sort utilization

kish@exdbx<>select USERNAME,SQL_ID,TABLESPACE,BLOCKS*8192/(1048576) SORTMB,SEGTYPE from v$tempseg_usage;

USERNAME        SQL_ID        TABLESPACE                                        SORTMB SEGTYPE
--------------- ------------- --------------- ---------------------------------------- ---------
TEST            NULL          TEMP                                                  12 HASH


1)SMON background process cleans up the temporary segments and extents automatically

2)Add a new tempfile to the temp tablespace

SQL> alter tablespace temp add tempfile '/home/oracle/oradata/temp02.dbf' size 500M;

3)Set autoextend on for temp tablespace to avoid exhaust errors

4)Increase PGA_AGGREGATE_TARGET at session level to avoid one pass and multipass IO’s

5) As a proactive measure to avoid temp errors, a dedicated temp tablespace with big space for the user who always run sort queries on database

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