Trace Release Notes


  • 4909: The Method R Trace “trace and retrieve trace file upon Run Script” feature now works with Oracle SQL Developer 4.0.
  • 5064: Method R Trace now allows UTF-8 multi-byte characters in the license file.
  • 5343: Method R Trace install script now works for Oracle Database version 12.
  • 5455: We now refer consistently to “Method R Trace” throughout the product, instead of “MR Trace”.
  • 5456: Updated Method R Trace logos throughout the product.
  • 5457: All new Help Center documentation leads you through what you need to know to install and run Method R Trace for Oracle SQL Developer version 4.
  • 5577: New Method R Trace documentation page is listed in the Help Center table of contents.
  • 5585: Method R Trace now saves user customizations to the Local Trace Files grid layout.

Trace Your Code—All of It

A couple weeks ago, my friend Bob Rhubart at Oracle dropped me a note asking if I’d like to participate in his 2-Minute Tech Tip series for his blog at OTN.


From 6½ hours to less than 11 minutes

The first time I used it, the Profiler helped me reduce the run time of one query from 6½ hours to less than 11 minutes. With our trace data and your tools, I can do stuff that no one here has even imagined possible.

Guðmundur Jósepsson · System Performance Analyst · Reykjavík, Iceland
Trace Release Notes


  • 4395: MR Trace version 1 license keys are not valid for MR Trace version 2. To enjoy the new features in version 2, purchase a version 2 license in one of our new software packages, or independently from our store.
  • 4386: Fixed bug in “Ask to download files files larger than:” feature that asked on files that were smaller than the chosen threshold.
  • 4357: Fixed bug causing file open commands that display the banner page to not open the file.
  • 4356: Fixed bug where after upgrading, column sort indicator didn’t show.
  • 4339: Added gray circle-x to Filter… field that allows quick resetting of filter text.
  • 4287: Local Trace Files panel now highlights the most recently downloaded files for easy identification.
  • 4286: Fixed bug in which ‘&’ character showed up as part of an External Tool’s name.
  • 4012: File sizes now render in Kilobytes for clearer comparison.
  • 4011: Columns with right-justified values now have right-justified headings.
  • 3980: MR Trace can now access all trace files on the database server using a combination of Java and PL/SQL code. This code can be reviewed in the Installation Script.
  • 3974: MR Trace is now capable of transferring trace files from RAC environments.
  • 3927: New Date Added column isn’t affected by edits to Project and Description tags to maintain a stable sorting order of times when files were created.
  • 3903: Local Trace Files panel now contains both Node Name and Instance Name to uniquely identify a file’s origin.
  • 3849: New Trace Files panel associated with specific connection in Connections panel allows you to fetch any trace file on the connected system.
  • 3799: MR Trace now uses the External Tools functionality in Oracle SQL Developer for passing along trace files for processing by Method R Profiler, a text editor, or other analysis tools.

Whole new view of the problem

It took me only 30 minutes to install the Method R Workbench and get a whole new view of a problem that would have taken me days to spot. Blown away.

Lars Johan Ulveseth · Senior Systemkonsulent at SYSCO · Bergen, Norway

Only way to know

The response time analysis method is the only way to know where your time is spent. The breakdown to the microsecond is like a “detailed time bill” of your observed execution.

Martin Haltmayer · Consultant, EDV-Beratung · Stadtbergen, Germany

No other software comes close

No other software comes close to the precision and trustworthiness of Method R software.

Alex Gorbachev · Chief Technology Officer, The Pythian Group · Ottawa, Canada
Trace Release Notes


  • 3897: Added new Product Support section to the Help Center page.
  • 3924: Your license status (Trial or Licensed) now shows up on the banner page that pops when you first use MR Trace.
  • 3920: Fixed a bug in which more than one application could be marked as Default.
  • 3919: MR Trace now throws a graceful error when you click in the local trace files panel to open a file that has been deleted or renamed in the filesystem behind MR Trace’s back.
  • 3913: New Buy License button links to purchase site from Method R Trace panel when the trial license is expired.
  • 3911: Delete File now deletes without a nagging “Are you sure?” dialog. New multi-level Undo Delete feature allows you to undo mistakes.
  • 3909: Fixed orange box that lingered around a column in the final row of the trace file panel when you click off-row to clear the selection.
  • 3896: Clicking out of an editable field now properly changes focus.
  • 3895: Clicking a tag (column) heading now saves an in-process tag edit.
  • 3891: Updating MR Trace no longer overwrites user-defined file Open commands.
  • 3887: “Ask for tag values…” label now grays out when “Enable…” box is unchecked.
  • 3880: Context menu longer displays when no trace file rows are selected.
  • 3879: Method R Trace panel now docks in the bottom right-hand corner (where it appears initially upon installation) after hiding and then re-rendering from the View menu.
  • 3876: Preferences panel now remembers the tracing Enabled/Disabled state.
  • 3873: CPU Count column is now right justified.
  • 3872: Trace file fetch now renders a progress indicator.
  • 3871: Size column value is now right justified and rendered with commas.
  • 3867: Method R Trace file panel now remembers customized column widths and sort order preference.
  • 3865: CPU Count and Platform Name trace file tags are now properly automatically populated.
  • 3863: Activating your License now enables all MR Trace panels without requiring a SQL Developer restart.
  • 3862: Replaced Java icon on dialog boxes with Method R logo icon.
  • 3855: New indicator confirms when you’ve opened a trace file. Previously, you could click, see no visual indicator, and then click again, wondering whether MR Trace “heard” your click.
  • 3841: All delete keys are respected.
  • 3839: Trace file panel buttons are now suitably spaced.
  • 3795: New Refresh button allows you to refresh the MR Trace main trace file panel anytime you want.

Best toolset

I have used the Profiler software since 2002 to solve numerous elusive performance problems. Method R Workbench is the best Oracle performance diagnostic toolset I have ever used.

Andrew Zitelli · Principal Software Engineer with Honors, Thales-Raytheon Systems · Fullerton, California
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Method R beats the “free” stuff: an OraSRP comparison

The Profiler (combined with Method R) has enabled me to resolve performance problems that could not have been resolved in any way other than by pure luck. The return of the modest investment cannot be beat. I saved a failing project as soon as I got it. I highly recommend it over the so-called “free” stuff. The authors of the free tools are trying to contribute to the Oracle community but I found it detrimental to my efforts. And I wanted to kick myself for trying to write my own for so long when I should have conducted a simple buy-vs-build assessment.