Wednesday, 25 December 2013

OBIEE 11g - Temporary Files for Presentation Server and BI Server Explained

OBIEE 11g presentation server creates lots of temporary files such as cache, exporting analysis and dashboard and printing to pdf etc. OBIEE 11g bi server also creates temporary files as cache and during sorting, union and federation.

I have come across the tech note on Oracle Support which explains the creation of temp files by presentation and bi server during the query execution. This blog is an attempt to share temp files information around OBIEE system components, Java components running within WebLogic Server is not in preview of this blog.

TEMP Files

Oracle Presentation Server
Process Which Creates Temporary Files 
Cache, Exporting Analysis and Dashboards, Printing (to PDF), Previewing, Chart rendering (via JavaHost engine), Resolving chart views and Resolving/Rendering HTML pages
Location of temporary Files

Oracle BI Server
Process Which Creates Temporary Files 
Caching, Sorting and Query Union/ federation / SQL resolution
Location of temporary Files

Clustered Installs
For clustered installs which uses global cache, the temp files for local cache are *.TBL while *.DES for global cache files

Changing Default Temp Location and Symbolic Link

One can change the default temp location, for optimum performance, temporary directories should reside on high-performance storage devices. One option is to leave the default configuration and create a symbolic link to place them in a desired location.

Oracle Presentation Server

For UNIX symbolic link is created as below.

mkdir /tmp/obips1
ln -s /home/oracle/obiee/instances/instance1/tmp/OracleBIPresentationServicesComponent/coreapplication_obips1 /tmp/obips1

While on Windows the script of creating symbolic link is as follows

cd $ORACLE_INSTANCE/tmp/OracleBIPresentationServicesComponent
mv coreapplication_obips1 coreapplication_obips1.localDisk
ln -s /dev/shm/coreapplication_obips1 .\

Java Host

Navigate to the directory
Take a back-up of the file xdo.cfg.
Open xdo.cfg and check for the value set for system-temp-dir property
Re-start the Javahost component

Oracle BI Server

I hope you find this information useful.

1 comment:

  1. HI Pravin,
    This is really useful info. I have a doubt here,do we have an option to set the size of the temp file.
    i recently faced an issue which tells nQSError: 46073 write operation failed on /home/biadmin/obiee11g_new/instances/instance1/tmp/OracleBIServerComponent/coreapplication_obis1/obis_temp/.tmp.
    can you please share your thoughs on this.