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What is that strange looking wait event ‘TCP Socket (KGAS)’ in AWR report ?

Posted by FatDBA on June 13, 2022

Hi Guys,

Recently someone shared me an AWR report from a production 19c system, and he was very tensed about one of the strange looking wait event called ‘TCP Socket (KGAS)’. He was strained because the event was coming with a very high average wait time of 7863.68ms (7.86 seconds), and was consuming around 98.0% of the total DB Time.

Luckily I’d encountered something similar in the past for one of the customer, where the application team was unable to send the mail as DBMS scheduler, and it was stuck for a long time with wait event “TCP Socket(KGAS)” where problem was not with the scheduler, but was an underlying network or third-party application problem.

So, today’s post is all about the wait event, what it is, how to resolve it etc.

KGAS is a element in the server which handles TCP/IP sockets which is typically used in dedicated connections i.e. by some PLSQL built in packages such as UTL_HTTP and UTL_TCP.
A session is waiting for an external host to provide requested data over a network socket. The time that this wait event tracks does not indicate a problem, and even a long wait time is not a reason to contact Oracle Support. It naturally takes time for data to flow between hosts over a network, and for the remote aspect of an application to process any request made to it. An application that communicates with a remote host must wait until the data it will read has arrived.

From an application/network point of view, delays in establishing a network connection may produce unwanted delays for users. We should make sure that the application makes network calls efficiently and that the network is working well such that these delays are minimized.

From the database point of view, these waits can safely be ignored; the wait event does not represent a database issue. It merely reports the total elapsed time for a network connection to be established or for data to arrive from over the network. The database waits for the connection to be established and reports the time taken. Its always good to check with the network or the third-party application vendors to investigate the underlying socket.

But in case of systemwide waits – If the TIME spent waiting for this event is significant then it is best to determine which sessions are showing the wait and drill into what those sessions are doing as the wait is usually related to whatever application code is executing eg: What part of the application may be using UTL_HTTP or similar and is experiencing waits. This statement can be used to see which sessions may be worth tracing

SELECT sid, total_waits, time_waited
FROM v$session_event WHERE event='TCP Socket (KGAS)' and total_waits>0 ORDER BY 3,2;

In order to reduce these waits or to help find the origin of the socket operations try:

  • Check the current SQL/module/action of V$SESSION for sessions that are waiting on the event at the time that they are waiting to try and identify any common area of application code waiting on the event.
  • Get an ERRORSTACK level 3 dump of some sessions waiting on the event. This should help show the exact PLSQL and C call stacks invoking the socket operation if the dump is taken when the session is waiting. Customers may need assistance from Oracle Support in order to get and interpret such a dump but it can help pinpoint the relevant application code.
  • Trace sessions incurring the waits including wait tracing to try and place the waits in the context of the code executing around the waits. eg: Use event 10046 level 8 or DBMS_MONITOR.SESSION_TRACE_ENABLE.
  • Use DBA_DEPENDENCIES to find any application packages which may ultimately be using UTL_HTTP or UTL_TCP underneath for some operation.

Example:
Execute the following SQL from a session on a dedicated connection and then check the resulting trace file to see “TCP Socket (KGAS)” waits:

alter session set events '10046 trace name context forever, level 8';

Hope It Helped!
Prashant Dixit

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