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Open Cursors in Websphere

selvarajb asked
Last Modified: 2013-12-10

The issue is that the application sometimes barfs out an exception Saying "Maximum Open Cursors exceeded". I am using WAS4.0.3 with Oracle 9.0.1 and the Oracle Thin Driver.

Oracle documents and other web forums advise to close all Statements, Connections and Resultsets. I have checked my code thoroughly and am very sure that I have closed all the database resources.
Is there something else I need to do?


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Are you using Datasources? if you are make sure that the maximum connection pool size is less than than the maximum number of open cursors allowed by the db.
And just make sure that you have finally blocks where you close your db resources because it might be you only close them if everything goes well rather than if there's an exception?


I am in fact, closing all resources in the finally block. and the maximum connection pool size is less than the maximum number of open cursors. In fact, we bumped up the max_open_cursors variable to 700 and still this exception gets thrown after a week or so of running the app. Is there any way to actually remove and destroy a connection from the pool after say, 4 days or so.? I heard Weblogic does that...

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what about your statement cache size in the datasource?  I believe each cached statement uses a cursor.  Also, I believe that the connections do get removed from the pool after the interval specified in "idle timeout", as long as you don't have "minimum pool size" > 0.  The pool will never go below that number.

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