I was wondering if Oracle guarantees that the sequence of dbms_lock.request granted is the same as the sequence in which they were requested. In my tests it always was the case, but I couldn't find any official statement in the Oracle documentation.

So let's assume we have at least three sessions:

  1. Session 1 requests the lock via dbms_lock.request(1) and is granted the lock immediately (as the lock is not yet held by any other session)
  2. Session 2 requests the lock via dbms_lock.request(1) and has to wait
  3. Session 3 requests the lock via dbms_lock.request(1) and also has to wait
  4. Now Session 1 releases the lock via dbms_lock.release(1) (or trx end or session end)

Is it guaranteed that Session 2 will now receive the lock and Session 3 still has to wait until Session 2 releases? Or might Session 3 receive the lock before Session 2?

Edit: if the answer is "yes, guaranteed", please provide link to Oracle documentation, whitepaper, V$ view or the like.

Edit 2: Database version in question is 11g and up

  • What version of Oracle are you using? Oct 13, 2014 at 12:54

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There is a wait queue and the first requester is the first served. Beware of deadlocks...

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    Do you know any official reference from Oracle like documentation or whitepaper, where this is documented?
    – GWu
    Aug 13, 2014 at 13:30
  • -1 , that is not a useful answer without any references
    – miracle173
    Jun 26, 2015 at 7:32

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