DBA Tips Archive for Oracle
Sending messages to the standard alert log file
by Jeff Hunter, Sr. Database Administrator
Sending messages to Oracle's standard alert log file (alert_<SID>.log) file can be accomplished using the UTL_FILE package from within PL/SQL. First locate the background dump destination directory (background_dump_dest). This is the location to where Oracle will write the alert_<SID>.log file.
SQL> SELECT value FROM v$parameter WHERE name = 'background_dump_dest'; VALUE ------------------------------------------ /u01/app/oracle/admin/DBADB/bdump
You will then need to set the database parameter "UTL_FILE_DIR" to this directory. Edit your init<SID>.ora file and this entry.
i.e. UTL_FILE_DIR = /u01/app/oracle/admin/DBADB/bdump
After setting the UTL_FILE_DIR in your init<SID>.ora file, you will
need to bounce the database. After successfully bouncing the database, you can
then open and append to the alert_<SID>.log file from within PL/SQL using the
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