Getting started with 12c

Back in July I finally got Oracle 12c installed on my laptop as documented in this post: url

But, that was as far as I got.  The last thing I did was get an error message creating a user.  Well, I figured out how to create a new user and a few other things.  I’m working with the ORCL database that comes with the install and all the parameters, etc. that come with it.

Evidently the default install comes with a PDB called PDBORCL.  So, I have two tns entries one for the parent CBD and one for the child PDB and they look like this:

(PORT = 1521))

(PORT = 1521))

I guess the service name has the name of the PDB in it.

So, if I connect as SYSTEM/password@orcl I’m connected to the CDB and if I connect to SYSTEM/password@pdb I’m connected to the PDB.  When I connected to the PDB I could create a new user without getting an error.

But, when I first tried connecting to the PDB I got this error, even though the database was up:

ORA-01033: ORACLE initialization or shutdown in progress

So, to bring the database up (by the way, I’m on 64 bit Linux) after booting the Linux VM the following steps were required:

lsnrctl start

sqlplus / as sysdba


alter session set container=PDBORCL;


Probably this could all be scripted but that’s what I did today.

Interestingly there is only one pmon:

$ ps -ef | grep pmon
oracle   29495     1  0 06:52 ?        00:00:00 ora_pmon_orcl

But you get different results when you query dba_data_files depending on whether connected to the CDB or PDB:





So, I guess each PDB has its own SYSTEM and SYSAUX tablespaces?

Lastly when running my scripts to poke around I edited my sqlplus header script to report which container you are in.  It looks like this now:

set linesize 32000
set pagesize 1000
set long 2000000000
set longchunksize 1000
set head off;
set verify off;
set termout off;

column u new_value us noprint;
column n new_value ns noprint;
column c new_value cs noprint;

select name n from v$database;
select user u from dual;

set sqlprompt &ns:&cs:&us>

set head on
set echo on
set termout on
set trimspool on

spool &ns..&cs..logfilename.log

Replace “logfilename” with whatever you want for your script name.

It puts out a prompt like this:





And the log file names:



Anyway, this is just a quick post about my first attempts to get around in 12c.

– Bobby

About Bobby

I live in Chandler, Arizona with my wife and three daughters. I work for US Foods, the second largest food distribution company in the United States. I have worked in the Information Technology field since 1989. I have a passion for Oracle database performance tuning because I enjoy challenging technical problems that require an understanding of computer science. I enjoy communicating with people about my work.
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