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Few 11g questions I found in the support log

A few useful things I found about 11G.



In OBIEE 11g there is no link on the homepage for “Oracle Answers” like there was in the 10g version. Where is it or how to get it to appear?


BIEE 11g has been re-engineered in 11g, especially with the inclusion of WebLogic in the mid tier. A new look and feel is displayed from the 10g version. Now when connecting in 11g BIEE, you basically see Answers.

On the main 11g page, some of the latest Dashboards and Reports that have been created are displayed, plus there are still links to create a new report or open another dashboard.

So it is more a look and feel (cosmetic) change than anything else as the same functionality exists in both versions.


In OBIEE Presentation Server log, you may see the following warning messages:

11g xml data incompatibility: object [some object type] at [the object path] requires upgrade. Admin needs to rerun upgrade, or remove the object, or fix the object’s xml manually. If problem persists, please contact technical support

Customers did not run catalog upgrade from the previous 11g version to the current version. Therefore, we have to upgrade it at run time in memory without saving it (if the catalog is upgraded through upgrade process, it will be upgraded and saved permanently in the catalog.) We give this warning message to warn customers that it is recommended to perform the catalog upgrade otherwise the application will need to perform the upgrade in memory.

The resolution for the issue has been documented. It is suggested to use the following:

Please refer to section: Updating Oracle Business Intelligence Catalogs in
Oracle® Fusion Middleware Patching Guide 11g Release 1 ( Here is the link to the documentation.

Oracle® Fusion Middleware Patching Guide 11g Release 1 (

The following bug has been logged to address the issue


Applies to:
Business Intelligence Server Enterprise Edition – Version: [1900] to [1308] – Release: 10g to 11g


You are upgrading OBIEE 10g to OBIEE 11g using the Upgrade Assistant.  You have upgraded the repository successfully, but when you upgrade the web catalog, you get the following error:

[2011-03-09T13:38:25.565-05:00] [BIEE] [ERROR] [] [upgrade.BIEE] [tid: 13] [ecid: 0000IuRtnAxFw000jzwkno1DTwWL000004,0] javax.management.RuntimeMBeanException: Cannot refresh – Currently locked[[
at oracle.as.jmx.framework.standardmbeans.spi.OracleStandardEmitterMBean.doInvoke(OracleStandardEmitterMBean.java:897)

There is a lock on the web catalog in Enterprise Manager.

1. Search through Enterprise Manager and release any locks.
2. Stop and re-start Weblogic and the managed servers.
3. Start Upgrade Assistant and try upgrading the web catalog again.

Oracle’s support

I saw this post on OTN and decided to take a look:

“I need to create a prototype for the following Pivot Table. I’m putting a view as I would see in Answers.
________ |_______________________________________________
Customer |Some metric (for example Income $)

I’ve been unable to come up with a way to do this in Answers without creating additional columns (such as Income YTD, Income MTD, Income Today, Income Yesterday, etc.). Even with that, I can’t figure out what’s the best way of arranging pivot columns in Answers to create this report. Does Answers allow for mixed granularity like this in pivot?”


“The question was how to transpose various hierarchiecal levels on x-axis? Not homgenous, but different ones. For example, if I dragged columns “Year” and “Qtr” to the Columns section in Pivot I get the following:

What I want is to have it liks this:

It seems as it’s not possible right now. But I’ll be glad if you can correct me”

Someone suggested that this wasn’t possible. Original author suggested using only tab “Measure labels” in Columns. Call appropriate metrics as Q1,Q2,Q3, etc. (use filter for them) – and use them in measures section.”

However, I thought there should be another solution. I’ve contacted metalink and was told that this wasn’t a technical, but implementation issue and as such services of Oracle Services’ were necessary.

So far, i wasn’t able to come up with anything better than using custom columns. This method isn’t ideal – since it’s very cumbersome to implement and would fail relatively easy.

Main challenge is hiding some values in Pivotal columns without affecting aggregate’s total.

I’d welcome any suggestions, since I can’t throw this out of my mind.


While running a report, we receive the following error message: State: HY000. Code: 10058. [NQODBC] [SQL_STATE: HY000] [nQSError: 10058] A general error has occurred. [nQSError: 46073] Operation ‘stat()’ on file ‘/u02/OracleBIData/tmp/nQS_28056_15671_77250638.TMP’ failed with error: (75) (HY000)

Watching the server as the report runs, a large file is created in the /OracleBIData/tmp directory. Once the file hits 2GB in size, the report generates the error. It appears that we are hitting a 2GB file size limitation.

Build: [1900]
LINUX Red Hat Enterprise Linux AS release 4 (Nahant Update 6) 2.6.9 67.0.7.ELsmp (64-bit)

Please let me know how to resolve this issue. thank you.
We’ve researched on this error and this issue has been logged as a BUG “BUG 6998143 – ANALYTICS TEMP FILES CANNOT BE LARGER THAN 2GB “.
According to BUG 6998143, in UNIX/LINUX env tmp files over 2 GB in size lead to an error. This bug was fixed for Window env in OBIEE, and has been fixed for UNIX/LINUX env in OBIEE


Please note that a patch for BUG 5543386 – ANALYTICS TEMP FILES CANNOT BE LARGER THAN 2GB, for Linux is now available.

Strange Presentation Services behavior

While auditing our OBIEE security model We’ve stumbled into behavior that we think is a bug. If it’s not, then I hope it’s a feature that would be removed in the future. Here’s a description of how we get this particular Presentation services behavior:

1. Summary – Our goal is to be able to add new users in RPD in online mode, assign them to their respective repository security groups ( based on data-level and row-level security), and during their first login  have them automatically assigned to one of 2 appopriate Presentation catalog group (that is used for presentation security, such as prohibiting overwriting of shared reports). We use OS authentication model with Impersonator (OBIEE picks up and strips users’ OS username). However, the problem doesn’t seem to be SSO-related or OS-related.

These’re steps to reproduce:

a) create new user “test_user1″ in RPD “Business Intelligence” group (for Presentation group “Business Intelligence”). Check-in RPD and save it.

b)  login with the “test_user1″ first time to OBIEE

c) go to My Account. You can clearly see that “test_user1″ is a member of Presentation group “Business Intelligence” (which is good for us and correct at the same time)

d) log-out. close browser. clean cookies. log-in as an administrator (member of Presentation Services Admin). Go to Settings –> “Oracle BI Presentation Services Administration”–>”Manage Presentation Catalog Groups and Users”
Select Edit for the “Business Intelligence” group

as you can see – “test_user1″ isn’t there

e) If we click on “Add New Member”-> “Show Users and Groups” – there’ll be a red-stop symbol (padlock image)

We’ve filed an SR with Oracle Support, and still waiting for an answer. I personally think that in future OBIEE releases – the Presentation Services should be tied closer with BI server – maybe going as far as consolidating those 2 modules.

And have a nice work week!