The values provided by the “parse count (total)” and “session cursor cache hits” statistics are subject to several bugs. And, what’s worse, for years Oracle didn’t care to fix it. This is my impression, at least.
Then, when few weeks ago I read in the Oracle Support note 13837105.8 (Bug 13837105 – statistics “parse count (total)” and “session cursor cache hits” miscounted) that the bug introduced in 18.104.22.168 was fixed, I hoped that others bugs in this area were fixed as well.
Unfortunately, it’s not the case. What a disappointment!
Even though several posts were already wrote about this topic (e.g. here and here; check the comments as well…), I thought it could be useful to summarize what the current status is.