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ASM failing with ORA-4031 caused by growth of 'ASM file' permanent allocations (Doc ID 602563.1)

Last updated on DECEMBER 25, 2019

Applies to:

Oracle Database - Enterprise Edition - Version to [Release 10.2 to 11.1]
Oracle Database Exadata Cloud Machine - Version N/A and later
Oracle Cloud Infrastructure - Database Service - Version N/A and later
Oracle Database Cloud Exadata Service - Version N/A and later
Oracle Database Exadata Express Cloud Service - Version N/A and later
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This problem can occur on any platform.


The ASM instance fails with error ORA-4031. After restarting the instance, problem happens again few days later. Increasing the shared_pool_size parameter, only delays the error.

From the trace files generated by the automatic diagnostics for error ORA-4031, the memory allocations with comments 'ASM file' were the largest.

Memory Utilization of Subpool 1
Allocation Name Size
_________________________ __________
"free memory " 29317936
"ASM file " 70201400

Because most of the memory allocated was type PERMANENT, it required enabling event 10235 level 65536 and restarting the instance.  Using a query over v$sgastat to identify the growing memory and then creating a heapdump level 536870914, together with a systemstate dump



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