Blocked thread

Larry Martell larry.martell at
Thu Jul 17 19:55:21 CEST 2014

On Thu, Jul 17, 2014 at 1:32 PM, Chris Angelico <rosuav at> wrote:
> On Fri, Jul 18, 2014 at 2:26 AM, Larry Martell <larry.martell at> wrote:
>> I have a python cx_Oracle script that does a delete from a table.
>> Usually this takes well under 1 second. But sometimes it takes 1 to 2
>> minutes. I wanted to monitor that delete and if it's taking too long I
>> want to see what is blocking it. I run the delete sql in a thread...
> I don't know Oracle specifically, but if it's anything like
> PostgreSQL, you'll probably do better with a completely separate
> connection to the server, which might need to be a separate process.
> In PostgreSQL, I can query currently-active transactions thus:
> rosuav=> select state,query from pg_stat_activity;
>         state        |                   query
> ---------------------+-------------------------------------------
>  idle in transaction | select * from pg_stat_activity;
>  active              | select state,query from pg_stat_activity;
>  active              | drop table test;
> (3 rows)
> (Better than that: Add "where pid=..." to that, using the backend PID
> provided by the thread you're monitoring, by "SELECT
> pg_backend_pid()". But that's even more PostgreSQL-specific.)
> With info like that, you can see what's happening, and whether it's
> stalled out or in a query or whatever. You should also be able to get
> some timestamps (Postgres can do that, I would be highly surprised if
> Oracle can't), such as when the transaction started, so you can see
> how long it's been stalled.
> Thing is, this requires a quite separate connection, which means
> you're monitoring the far end rather than the local thread. I suspect
> this will give you better results; Oracle's bound to have facilities
> for doing this, whereas your local thread may or may not be usefully
> monitorable.

I can have as many connections to the db server as I want, that's not
the issue. The issue is that my main thread seems to be blocked in the
join(), so I guess I'm going to need a separate script. I was trying
to avoid that.

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