In preparation for the release of Logger 2.1.0 I’ve decided to write a few posts highlighting some of the new features.
Apparently not too many people who use Logger are still running Oracle 11gR1 or lower since I was only notified of this issue now. Patrick Jolliffe was kind enough to point out that there was an issue when installing Logger in a 10g. It turns out that
:new.id := logger_logs_seq.nextval; doesn’t work in 10g. It only works in 11gR2 and above. Clearly it’s been a while since I’ve used 10g, or better yet 11gR1.
The ability to reference sequences
nextval in PL/SQL is mentioned in the 11gR2 New Features guide.
Logger 2.1.0 address this issue by only supporting the old
select into... technique for various reasons. At first I was skeptical about performance impacts of having the context switch, however it appears that behind the scenes if called from PL/SQL it does an internal select into to obtain the value. Connor McDonald has some good slides about this here (see page 59 onwards).