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Why is my Oracle Tablespace sensor showing negative values?



One of my Oracle Tablespace sensors is showing negative values. What is causing this and what can I do about it?

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Created on Apr 17, 2018 11:30:46 AM by  Brandy Greger [Paessler Support]

Last change on Jun 15, 2022 10:23:56 AM by  Brandy Greger [Paessler Support]

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This article applies as of PRTG 22

Oracle Tablespace sensor and negative values

If your Oracle Tablespace sensor is showing negative values and is therefore in the Down status, this could be because the tablespace has been overprovisioned. This means that the actual file size of the tablespace exceeds the defined maximum size of the tablespace, which was defined when it was initially created.

The Oracle Tablespace sensor does not support overprovisioning.

For the sensor to properly monitor a tablespace, the file size on-disk must not exceed the value in DBA_DATA_FILES.MAXBYTES. If the file size on-disk exceeds this value, the sensor reports negative values that indicate that the file contains more data than defined in the database metadata.

So, the sensor works exactly as intended. It is not an issue of PRTG.


The only workaround to avoid such errors is to delete the sensors that are monitoring overprovisioned tablespaces. If you cannot delete them or still want to be able to see data for overprovisioned tablespaces without receiving errors for sensors in the Down status, you can simply acknowledge the alarms.

Created on Apr 17, 2018 11:55:35 AM by  Brandy Greger [Paessler Support]

Last change on Dec 29, 2022 1:13:03 PM by  Brandy Greger [Paessler Support]

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