"MMNL absent for %u secs; Foregrounds taking over" Messages in Alert.log

(Doc ID 465891.1)

Last updated on JULY 01, 2016

Applies to:

Oracle Database - Enterprise Edition - Version to [Release 10.1 to 11.1]
Information in this document applies to any platform.
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When there is a hang situation for a long period of time, Oracle writes this message to the alert.log: "MMNL absent for %u secs; Foregrounds taking over".

Thu Nov 1 15:20:56 2007
MMNL absent for 3805 secs; Foregrounds taking over
Thu Nov 1 15:58:13 2007
Starting ORACLE instance (normal)

If this is a hang situation during a shutdown (after MMNL is stopped) or during a database open (when MMNL is not yet started), messages are written to the alert.log every 5 minutes.


Any complete hang situations which take a long time trigger these messages.


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