Killing a session - serial#
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    When we are killing a user session, we use SID,SERIAL#. For any session, the SID is unique( I hope I'm not wrong). Then what is the need of using SERIAL# in ALTER SYSTEM KILL command?

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    Why do you have to specify END IF instead of just END at the end of an IF statment. Because that's the way it is.
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    alter system kill session 'sid,serial#';

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    I think Jeff got very angry(kidding). I know that thats the way it is, but I wanted to know if it has any significance when killing a session, like does it refer to any OS resources.

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    I have issues. I can't help it.

    No, Serial# is not related to any system resources like Process ID. See http://download-west.oracle.com/otnd...157.htm#991798 for details...
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    In my opinion, its a double surety to ensure you don't kill the wrong session by mistake.

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    A single session (SID) can have many serial#.
    Especially if you are working in a distributed env and ODBC connectivities.

    That is why you are required to specify both.
    svk

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