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Oracle ASM: $ORACLE_HOME/rdbms/audit keeps increasing in total size and number of files

Problem description:

The rdbms/audit directory of your Grid Infrastructure is increasing permanently in number of files and total size:

[grid@rac01 ~]$ du -hs $ORACLE_HOME/rdbms/audit
1151M	/u01/app/grid/11.2.0/grid/rdbms/audit
[grid@rac01 ~]$ 
[grid@rac01 ~]$ cd $ORACLE_HOME/rdbms/audit
[grid@rac01 audit]$ 
[grid@rac01 audit]$ ls -l | wc -l
[grid@rac01 audit]$

Permanent increase in number of files and directory size can cause the file system to run out of free space and may also have performance impact on your ASM instance.


Audit files are created by every connection as user sys. In a Real Application Cluster environment with Grid Control in place, this might become a problem (although you might want to store this information for a limited time due to security compliance reasons).

Example of an ASM .aud-file:

[grid@rac01 audit]$ cat +asm1_ora_9981_2.aud
Audit file /u01/app/grid/11.2.0/grid/rdbms/audit/+asm1_ora_9981_2.aud
Oracle Database 11g Enterprise Edition Release - 64bit Production
With the Real Application Clusters and Automatic Storage Management options
ORACLE_HOME = /u01/app/grid/11.2.0/grid
System name:	Linux
Node name:	rac01.initso.at
Release:	2.6.18-194.el5
Version:	#1 SMP Mon Mar 29 22:10:29 EDT 2010
Machine:	x86_64
Instance name: +ASM1
Redo thread mounted by this instance: 0 <none>
Oracle process number: 32
Unix process pid: 9981, image: oracle@rac01.initso.at (TNS V1-V3)
Tue Jul  5 12:12:06 2011 +02:00
LENGTH : '144'
CLIENT USER:[6] 'oracle'
STATUS:[1] '0'
DBID:[0] ''
[grid@rac01 audit]$


Old files can be deleted without any impact. Each SYS connection creates a new audit file. Old aud-files should not be open by any Oracle ASM process.

In order to cleanup old files you might want to use one or both of the following methods:

  • Manual cleanup

    You can cleanup aud-files manually by running a find command similar to the following:

    [grid@rac01 audit]$ find /u01/app/grid/11.2.0/grid/rdbms/audit -maxdepth 1 -name '*.aud' -mtime +30 -delete -print
    [grid@rac01 audit]$


  • Automatic cleanup after 30 days

    Create a cronjob similar to the following by using “crontab -e” as the Grid Infrastructure user (e.g. grid):

    [grid@rac01 ~]$ crontab -l
    # Daily cleanup job for Oracle ASM aud-files not modified in the last 30 days
    30 0 * * * /usr/bin/find /u01/app/grid/11.2.0/grid/rdbms/audit -maxdepth 1 -name '*.aud' -mtime +30 -delete >/dev/null 2>&1
    [grid@rac01 ~]$
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