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Using Ubuntu on a Windows 8 Laptop: because of UEFI more problems as expected

Dietrich Schroff - Sun, 2013-04-21 14:19
Today i tried to install Ubuntu on a Windows 8 Laptop. First thing: you have to use 12.04 or greater because Windows 8 uses secure boot with UEFI.
But after the first boot with a USB-stick i got:
(initramfs) Unable to find a medium containing a live file system?? - If you ask google you get something like: Do not use a usb 3.0 port... Great... There is no usb 2.0 port on my device....
So just trying around with a usb 2.0 hub  - does not work
Looking inside BIOS i found XHCI:
And after that Ubuntu is installed without any problems... (hmm - that is not really true: resizing the Windows 8 partition could not be done via Ubuntu installer - but just do this in Windows 8 - this will work without any problems).
Ok - end of this posting? Unfortunately not, because Windows 8 does not boot anymore.
I think this is ok ;-)
Asking Google gives the following solution: Just use Boot-repair.
sudo bash
add-apt-repository ppa:yannubuntu/boot-repair
apt-get update
apt-get install boot-repair
And after that the grub menu looks like this:
But now rebooting works like expected (with Ubuntu and Windows 8).
[If you still have problems that booting ubuntu does not work on every startup, read here]

Token Configurations in Oracle SOA Suite PS6 (

Edwin Biemond - Sat, 2013-04-20 13:11
Oracle Soa Suite PatchSet 6 or  now has support for Token configurations which really can help administrators in configuring or overriding external Web Service Reference parameters like the protocol ( http, oramds or https ),  the remote host etc. And more important if you do it right you can kick out the all those Soa Suite deployment plans :-) Important to know this only works on

Controlling Hide/Show Apex Regions Using Javascript

Andrew Tulley - Fri, 2013-04-19 09:49

Hide/Show regions are very useful in that they allow users to hide certain on-screen content when it’s not relevant for them (and show it again just as easily) simply by clicking the small arrow icon in the top left of the region.



But how can you programmatically do the equivalent of clicking the arrow icons? Perhaps, for example, when a user clicks a particular button on your page, you want all Show/Hide regions to be expanded. How can you do this?

One answer is the snippet of code below. In this code, “MY_REGION” is the static ID of the region for which we wish to programatically click the show/hide arrow icon.

// How to programatically click a Hide/Show region hide/show button
$('#MY_REGION .uRegionControl').click();

We can use the snippet below to work out the current status of a Hide/Show region i.e. whether it is currently expanded or collapsed. The below snippet will return a value or “none” if the region is collapsed.

// How to find out whether a hide/show region is currently shown or not
$('#MY_REGION div.uRegionHeading').next().css('display');

We can build on the above to create a function which expands, collapses or toggles the state of a Hide/Show Region.

// ********************************************************
// ** Function setStateOfHideShowRegion(pRegionStaticId,pDoWhat)(type,id)  
// ** Collapses, Expands of toggles any Hide Show region which has a static id
// ** defined by the string pRegionStaticId.
// ** Returns either "collapsed" or "expanded" to indicate the status of the
// ** region once this function has run.
// ** pDoWhat: either "expand", "collapse" or "toggle"
// ********************************************************
function setStateOfHideShowRegion(pRegionStaticId,pDoWhat) {
    var returnState;
    var currentState = 'expanded';
    doWhat = pDoWhat.toLowerCase();
    if ($('#'+pRegionStaticId+' div.uRegionHeading').next().css('display') == 'none') {
        currentState = 'collapsed';
    if (doWhat == 'toggle') {
        $('#'+pRegionStaticId+' .uRegionControl').click();
        returnState = (currentState=='expanded'?'collapsed':'expanded');
    else if (doWhat == 'expand') {
        if (currentState !== 'expanded') {
            $('#'+pRegionStaticId+' .uRegionControl').click();
        returnState = 'expanded';
    else if (doWhat == 'collapse') {
        if (currentState !== 'collapsed') {
            $('#'+pRegionStaticId+' .uRegionControl').click();
        returnState = 'collapsed';
    return returnState;

Don't Pave the Cow Path

Brent Martin - Thu, 2013-04-18 22:09

Lately at work I've been having to remind myself lately not to pave the cow path -- not to bring existing business processes and technology forward just because that's how we've always done it.  Here's the poem that the expression comes from.

The Calf-Path

by  Sam Walter Foss  (1858-1911)

One day, through the primeval wood,
A calf walked home, as good calves should;
But made a trail all bent askew,
A crooked trail, as all calves do.

Since then three hundred years have fled,
And, I infer, the calf is dead.
But still he left behind his trail,
And thereby hangs my moral tale.

The trail was taken up next day
By a lone dog that passed that way;
And then a wise bellwether sheep
Pursued the trail o’er vale and steep,
And drew the flock behind him, too,
As good bellwethers always do.

And from that day, o’er hill and glade,
Through those old woods a path was made,
And many men wound in and out,
And dodged and turned and bent about,
And uttered words of righteous wrath
Because ’twas such a crooked path;
But still they followed — do not laugh —
The first migrations of that calf,
And through this winding wood-way stalked
Because he wobbled when he walked.

This forest path became a lane,
That bent, and turned, and turned again.
This crooked lane became a road,
Where many a poor horse with his load
Toiled on beneath the burning sun,
And traveled some three miles in one.
And thus a century and a half
They trod the footsteps of that calf.

The years passed on in swiftness fleet.
The road became a village street,
And this, before men were aware,
A city’s crowded thoroughfare,
And soon the central street was this
Of a renowned metropolis;
And men two centuries and a half
Trod in the footsteps of that calf.

Each day a hundred thousand rout
Followed that zigzag calf about,
And o’er his crooked journey went
The traffic of a continent.
A hundred thousand men were led
By one calf near three centuries dead.
They follow still his crooked way,
And lose one hundred years a day,
For thus such reverence is lent
To well-established precedent.

A moral lesson this might teach
Were I ordained and called to preach;
For men are prone to go it blind
Along the calf-paths of the mind,
And work away from sun to sun
To do what other men have done.
They follow in the beaten track,
And out and in, and forth and back,
And still their devious course pursue,
To keep the path that others do.

They keep the path a sacred groove,
Along which all their lives they move;
But how the wise old wood-gods laugh,
Who saw the first primeval calf!
Ah, many things this tale might teach —
But I am not ordained to preach.



Chet Justice - Thu, 2013-04-18 21:00
I always find myself putting an asterisk (if only mentally) next to certain statements. I shall now put all those statements here and link back.
  1. I don't know everything
  2. I'm not the best developer in the world, but I constantly work at getting better...
  3. If I make a statement about something, that's been my experience. Your results may vary.
  4. I am not a salesman.
  5. I do not work for <insert company name which I just pitched here>
That's it...for now.
Categories: BI & Warehousing

Advanced Javascript Tutorial

Andrew Tulley - Thu, 2013-04-18 14:26

Today I came across a great interactive tutorial which covers a series of advanced Javascript topics. It’s very well put together and lets you try out your own variations of the code being shown which can be very handy in making sure your understanding is correct.

It’s from John Resig, the creator of jQuery. The tutorial is not jQuery-centric though. In fact, it doesn’t talk about or use jQuery at all. It’s just pure Javascript.

You can find it here: http://ejohn.org/apps/learn/


How to make your browser save your password

Dietmar Aust - Thu, 2013-04-18 10:13
Typically and for good security reasons the password manager from either Firefox or any other browser will not prompt you to save the password for the login screen of the APEX workspace or any of your own APEX applications.

Why? The APEX team implemented the login page with the HTML attribute autocomplete=off:

For a development environment I find this behaviour kind of annoying, especially when the APEX builder session times out frequently and you have to login to your workspace multiple times during the day.

Thus I have looked around and found a javascript routine which removes the autocomplete=off attribute from the form.

Just right-click on this link and save it as a bookmark: Force browser to save the password
I have found it here, but it is explained on many other websites as well.

Once you click on your bookmark you will see the following message:

If you continue to log into APEX you will get the typical message where you can save the password now:

It is good practice to use a password for your password manager in Firefox, too. Here are the steps to enable it.

Cheers and enjoy,


Oracle Cloud World - London May 14th & Munich May 15th

Marc Sewtz - Tue, 2013-04-16 19:42

I’ll be presenting Oracle Application Express as part of the Oracle Database Cloud Service at the Cloud World events in London and Munich next month.

At Oracle Cloud World you’ll hear from Oracle executives, thought leaders, customers, and partners as they share ideas on how to transform business and stay ahead of your competition through technologies like cloud, social, and mobile.

In addition to keynote sessions highlighting Oracle’s strategy and roadmap for cloud and social, Oracle CloudWorld offers tracks specifically for:

       Line-of-business leaders in sales and marketing, customer service and support, HR and talent management, and finance and operations
       IT Professionals that support the above lines of business
       Oracle Database Cloud Services and Oracle Java Cloud Services

Here’s the information on my session:

Develop With the Oracle Database You Know and Love, Now in the Cloud

Developing applications to run on the world's leading database? Why not do it in the cloud? See the process for signing up for and provisioning Oracle Database Cloud Services, loading data, developing applications with Oracle Application Express, and creating RESTful Web services. This end-to-end presentation introduces the major components of Oracle Database Cloud Services and explores its use.

Register today for these free events:

London: Tuesday, 14 May 2013, 08:15 – 18:30, ExCel Center, ICC Capital Suite, Agenda and Registration

Munich: Wednesday, 15 May 2013, 9:00 – 19:00, The Westin Grand München, Agenda and Registration

OGh APEX World 2013

Rob van Wijk - Tue, 2013-04-16 17:35
Last Tuesday, the fourth OGh APEX World day took place, again at Figi Zeist. Several people have already written about this day: Christian Rokitta, about the announcements from David Peake in his keynote, Bart Peeters from iAdvise, with comments about several sessions and Rob de Gouw from Quobell, written in Dutch. Here is a short writeup about my experiences that day. For me, this year was a Rob van Wijkhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/00499478359372903250noreply@blogger.com0

April 2013 Critical Patch Update for Java SE Released

Oracle Security Team - Tue, 2013-04-16 15:03

Hi, this is Eric Maurice.

Oracle today released two Critical Patch Updates: the April 2013 Critical Patch Update and the April 2013 Critical Patch Update for Java SE.  The previous blog entry provided a summary of the April 2013 Critical Patch Update, and this entry will discuss the content of the Critical Patch Update for Java SE.

The April 2013 Critical Patch Update for Java SE provides 42 new security fixes.  39 of the vulnerabilities fixed in this Critical Patch Update are remotely exploitable without authentication.  The maximum CVSS Base Score for these vulnerabilities is 10.0, and this score affect 19 different vulnerabilities. 

Out of the 42 vulnerabilities, only 2 can affect server deployments of Java.  Server exploitation can only occur as a result of these bugs when malicious data is supplied into specific APIs on the server (e.g., through a web service), and one of these bugs actually require local access to be exploited. 

As usual, Oracle recommends that this Critical Patch Update be applied as soon as possible.  Desktop users can install this new version from java.com or through the Java Autoupdate

For More Information:

The advisory for the April 2013 Critical Patch Update for Java SE is located at http://www.oracle.com/technetwork/topics/security/javacpuapr2013-1928497.html.

April 2013 Critical Patch Update Released

Oracle Security Team - Tue, 2013-04-16 15:02

Hello, this is Eric Maurice.

Oracle just released the April 2013 Critical Patch Update.  This Critical Patch Update provides fixes for 128 new security vulnerabilities across a wide range of product families including the Oracle Database, Oracle Fusion Middleware, Oracle E-Business Suite, Oracle Supply Chain Products Suite, Oracle PeopleSoft Enterprise, Oracle Siebel CRM, Oracle FLEXCUBE, Oracle Industry Applications, Oracle Primavera, Oracle and Sun Systems Product Suite (including Sun Middleware Products), Oracle MySQL, and Oracle Support Tools. 

Of the 128 fixes included in this Critical Patch Update, 4 are for Oracle Database Server.  The most severe Database vulnerability has received a CVSS Base Score of 10.0 for the Windows platform and 7.5 on other platforms (e.g., Solaris, Linux).  This vulnerability is limited to Oracle Database and operating in RAC configurations. 

This Critical Patch Update also includes 29 security fixes for Oracle Fusion Middleware.  The most severe of these vulnerabilities has also received a CVSS Base Score of 10.0 and it in fact affects a series of vulnerabilities in the Java Runtime Environment that are applicable to JRockit.  In addition, a number of these fixes are for third-party components included in Oracle Fusion Middleware.

This Critical Patch Update includes a significant number of security fixes for Oracle Applications.  This high number is due in some part to the recent inclusion of new product lines in the Critical Patch Update (e.g., Oracle FLEXCUBE).  Oracle E-Business Suite receives 6 new security fixes, Oracle Supply Chain Products Suite receives 3, PeopleSoft Enterprise 11, Oracle Siebel CRM 8, Oracle Industry Applications 3, and Oracle FLEXCUBE 18.  In addition, this Critical Patch Update includes 2 security fixes for Oracle Primavera.

As with previous Critical Patch Updates, this Critical Patch Update also provides a significant number of security fixes for the Oracle and Sun Systems Products Suite.  18 new fixes for the Sun Product Suite are provided, including 16 fixes affecting Solaris and 2 for Oracle GlassFish Server.  The most severe of these vulnerabilities has received a CVSS Base Score of 6.4.  

Also included in this Critical Patch Update are 25 new security fixes for Oracle MySQL (the most severe of these bugs has received a CVSS Base Score of 6.8) and one new security fix for Oracle Support Tools (specifically Automatic Service Request (ASR), a support utility used to automatically generate service request in case of specific hardware failure). 

As usual, Oracle recommends that this Critical Patch Update be applied as soon as possible so as to ensure that the in-depth security posture of the organization is maintained.  As a reminder, Oracle also today released a Critical Patch Update for Java SE.  The content of the Critical Patch Update for Java SE and a highlight of Oracle’s security plan for Java are discussed in a separate blog entry.

For More Information:

The Security Advisory for the April 2013 Critical Patch Update is located at http://www.oracle.com/technetwork/topics/security/cpuapr2013-1899555.html

The Security Advisory for the April 2013 Critical Patch Update for Java SE is located at http://www.oracle.com/technetwork/topics/security/javacpuapr2013-1928497.html

More information about Oracle Software Security Assurance programs is located at http://www.oracle.com/us/support/assurance/index.html. 

Windows Search (Windows 7) IS Broken - indexer quits parsing after 39k

Mike Moore - Tue, 2013-04-16 14:26
This post has nothing to do with PL/SQL. It's about the Windows 7 search feature called "Windows Search" The bottom line is it stops indexing text files (maybe other types too) at about the 39K mark. This is NOT a problem with my set-up or configuration of Windows Search. I know this because I created a simple text file with a  unique 10-digit number on each line. Those numbers which were towards the top of the file, say lines 1 thru 3414 (approximate, I don't recall the exact cut-off point) were properly indexed. I could type in any one of those numbers on the search bar and the proper file name which contained that number would be shown. Numbers towards the bottom of the text file, were NOT indexed. i.e. the Search erroneously found that no file contained that value.

So, you are not going mad, it's truly broken. I searched for hours trying to find a solution, maybe a registry parameter, or something, ... but nothing. There was actually a registry parameter, but it was for the old indexer on windows XP.  maxTextFilterBytes   I finally gave up on trying to find a solution and instead split my files into smaller files.

If anybody finds a solution, please let me know.

Oracle Database Gateways 11g R2 (11.2) Installation and Configuration for heterogeneous connection from Oracle to Microsoft SQL database

Ittichai Chammavanijakul - Mon, 2013-04-15 17:33

Install the Oracle Database Gateways 11g R2 (11.2). See the screen snapshots of the installation here.

  • During the installation, the following+ default initialization parameter file is created:
dg4msql = Database gateway for Microsoft SQL Server. 
If you choose a different database option, use the appropriate path name.
  • Copy initdg4msql.ora to a new file init[MSSQL].ora.
[MSSQL] can be any meaningful name easier to refer to, for example, mssqlsale. 
The filename will be in the format of init[MSSQL].ora.
copy initdg4msql.ora initmssqlsale.ora
  • Modify newly created file initmssqlsale.ora and modify or add the MS SQL server & database name.
# This is a customized agent init file that contains the HS parameters
# that are needed for the Database Gateway for Microsoft SQL Server
# HS init parameters
  • Modify the listener.ora file. This can be that of the existing listener or new listener. Add SID_DESC to the appropriate place in the listener.ora file.
[MSSQL] =  Name of the new configuration file excluding the init and .ora.
For example, if the file name is initmssqlsale.ora, the [MSSQL] will be only mssqlsale.
[ORACLE_DG_HOME] = Oracle Database Gateway Home. This is NOT listener home.
[DRIVER] = dg4msql for Microsoft SQL Server


        (ADDRESS = (PROTOCOL = TCP)(HOST = DGHOST)(PORT = 1521))

  • Restart or reload the listener.
  • Validate using lsnrctl status.
C:\>lsnrctl status
LSNRCTL for 64-bit Windows: Version - Production
Services Summary...
Service "mssqlsale" has 1 instance(s).
 Instance "mssqlsale", status UNKNOWN, has 1 handler(s) for this service...
The command completed successfully
  • On different Oracle database where we’d like to connect to this MS SQL database, create a new database link. The new database link will point to the the host where the gateway is installed.
create database link dblink_mssqlsale connect to "username" identified by "password"
using '
DGHOST = Host where the Oracle Database Gateway is installed.
mssqlsale = SID name mentioned in the listener.ora.
  • Try to query for a table.
select count(*) from information_schema.tables@dblink_mssqlsale;
Add more MS SQL databases
  • Repeat the above steps starting with copying the sample file into a new init file, and updating it with an appropriate host and database name.
copy initdg4msql.ora to initmssqlhr.ora
  • Update the listener.ora.
  • Restart or reload listener. Check using lsnrctl status.
Categories: DBA Blogs

Seeking feedback on your compensation process

TalentedApps - Thu, 2013-04-11 07:58

Organizations put a lot of efforts in choosing the people who can award compensation to their workforce. They may even decide to have a different set of people for different type of compensations awards (i.e. Salary allocation or Stock Grant) as per their business needs. But the question is after giving compensation allocation responsibility and various tools to make informed decisions to these people; do you seek their feedback on compensation allocation process in a planned manner?

It is critical to seek feedback from your compensation decision makers as it will:Seeking feedback on your compensation process

  • Help you to overcome any shortcomings in your existing compensation policy.
  • Help you to understand good and not-so-good things about the tools provided for compensation planning.
  • Help you to discover how determined your decision makers are to voice their opinion for betterment of your compensation policy.

Every compensation round has a theme or a predefined objective that needs to be fulfilled and it varies with the type of compensation you are dealing with. It’s best to collect feedback and keep it associated with specific compensation round. This association will not only help you to closely analyze context specific feedback but also to take the corrective actions. In case you need collective and only one set of feedback you can always combine compensation round specific feedback into one.

You should decide on feedback questionnaire if you are planning to collect specific feedback and can request people to rate things you want to be rated. However, it will be good to provide some free hand where feedback provider can share feedback not related to questionnaire.

Finally, you need to analyze the collected feedback; work on to resolve the highlighted problems (if possible) and follow-up with feedback providers (if required).  Publishing corrective actions or changes incorporated as a result of this exercise will convey that you value feedback and will motivate people to participate in future. You can expect some real value addition to your compensation strategy by this exercise as you will be working with the people important to your business and compensation process.

Tagged: feedback

"Warning: You are no longer connected to ORACLE" while converting database using DGMGRL.

Sabdar Syed - Wed, 2013-04-10 16:49
As part of my OCM Exam preparation while practicing the Data Guard scenarios such as converting the database from physical standby to snapshot standby and from snapshot standby to physical standby using Data Guard Broker, the following warning messages were generated:

Unable to connect to database
ORA-12514: TNS:listener does not currently know of service requested in connect descriptor

Warning: You are no longer connected to ORACLE.

Please complete the following steps and reissue the CONVERT command:
        start up and mount instance "stby" of database "stby"

Here is how, I was testing:

DGMGRL> connect sys@orcl
Password: <enter the password here>

Show the configuration:

DGMGRL> show configuration;

Configuration - DGConfig01

  Protection Mode: MaxPerformance
    orcl - Primary database
    stby - Physical standby database

Fast-Start Failover: DISABLED

Configuration Status:

Convert the Physical Standby Database to Snapshot Standby Database:

DGMGRL> convert database 'stby' to snapshot standby;
Converting database "stby" to a Snapshot Standby database, please wait...
Database "stby" converted successfully

Note: Converting the database from Physical Standby to Snapshot Standby database was succeeded, but it failed while reverting from Snapshot Standby to Physical Standby.

DGMGRL> convert database 'stby' to physical standby;
Converting database "stby" to a Physical Standby database, please wait...
Operation requires shutdown of instance "stby" on database "stby"
Shutting down instance "stby"...
Database closed.
Database dismounted.
ORACLE instance shut down.
Operation requires startup of instance "stby" on database "stby"
Starting instance "stby"...
Unable to connect to database
ORA-12514: TNS:listener does not currently know of service requested in connect descriptor

Warning: You are no longer connected to ORACLE.

Please complete the following steps and reissue the CONVERT command:
        start up and mount instance "stby" of database "stby"

Solution A:

First of all this is just a warning message, all you need to do is startup mount the database as instructed in the above warning message to resolve the issue.

But, the issue is that the Data Guard Broker was attempting to connect to a service called < db_unique_name>_DGMGRL i.e. stby_DGMGRL. On the server, the service name stby_DGMGRL.sabdar.com in the listener.ora file was configured as follows

    (SID_DESC =
      (GLOBAL_DBNAME = stby_DGMGRL.sabdar.com)
      (ORACLE_HOME = /u01/app/oracle/product/11.2.0/dbhome_1)
      (SID_NAME = stby)

To overcome from this warning message being generated and to fix the issue permanently,  add a static registration for stby_DGMGRL to your $ORACLE_HOME/network/admin/listener.ora. Below is an example.

    (SID_DESC =
      (ORACLE_HOME = /u01/app/oracle/product/11.2.0/dbhome_1)
      (SID_NAME = stby)

Or Solution B:

Check the value of StaticConnectIdentifier property for stby database:

DGMGRL> show database 'stby' 'StaticConnectIdentifier';

Here the SERVICE_NAME is stby_DGMGRL (by default it was set like this when Data Guard Broker configured).

Change the SERVICE_NAME from stby_DGMGRL to stby_DGMGRL.sabdar.com using Data Guard Broker 

DGMGRL> connect sys@stby
Password: <enter the password here>

Show the current value for StaticConnectIdentifier property

DGMGRL> show database 'stby' 'StaticConnectIdentifier';

Edit the value for StaticConnectIdentifier property

DGMGRL> edit database 'stby' set property 'StaticConnectIdentifier'='(DESCRIPTION=(ADDRESS=(PROTOCOL=tcp)(HOST=ocm01.sabdar.com)(PORT=1521))(CONNECT_DATA=(SERVICE_NAME=stby_DGMGRL.sabdar.com)(INSTANCE_NAME=stby)(SERVER=DEDICATED)))';
Property "StaticConnectIdentifier" updated

Note: Above is a one line command

DGMGRL> show database 'stby' 'StaticConnectIdentifier';
  StaticConnectIdentifier = '(DESCRIPTION=(ADDRESS=(PROTOCOL=tcp)(HOST=ocm01.sabdar.com)(PORT=1521))(CONNECT_DATA=(SERVICE_NAME=stby_DGMGRL.sabdar.com)(INSTANCE_NAME=stby)(SERVER=DEDICATED)))'

Now start conversion:

DGMGRL> convert database 'stby' to physical standby;
Converting database "stby" to a Physical Standby database, please wait...
Error: ORA-16541: database is not enabled

Failed to convert database "stby"

Note: Here we have to first start the standby database in mount mode. Then try the 'convert database' command.

[oracle@ocm01 ~]$ export ORACLE_SID=stby

[oracle@ocm01 ~]$ sqlplus /nolog

SQL*Plus: Release Production on Wed Apr 10 23:34:47 2013

Copyright (c) 1982, 2009, Oracle.  All rights reserved.

SQL> connect /as sysdba
Connected to an idle instance.

SQL> startup mount;
ORACLE instance started.

Total System Global Area  680607744 bytes
Fixed Size                  2216464 bytes
Variable Size             406851056 bytes
Database Buffers          264241152 bytes
Redo Buffers                7299072 bytes
Database mounted.

Now start conversion:

DGMGRL> connect sys@stby
Password: <enter the password here>

DGMGRL> convert database 'stby' to physical standby;
Converting database "stby" to a Physical Standby database, please wait...
Operation requires shutdown of instance "stby" on database "stby"
Shutting down instance "stby"...
ORA-01109: database not open

Database dismounted.
ORACLE instance shut down.
Operation requires startup of instance "stby" on database "stby"
Starting instance "stby"...
ORACLE instance started.
Database mounted.
Database "stby" converted successfully

This time the conversion got succeeded. Sometimes, these warning messages may encountered while switch over activity as well.

Sabdar Syed.

Collaborate 13 Presentation - Oracle Database Appliance RAC In a box some strings attached.

Fuad Arshad - Tue, 2013-04-09 22:36
I just uploaded my presentation on Oracle Database Appliance  - RAC In a box some strings attached. Thank you for all the people that attended and i hope i was able to convey my points about the Database Appliance in a manner that was objective and factual

Restoring a dropped table

Andrew Tulley - Tue, 2013-04-09 14:11

ImageCatastrophe! You’ve just accidentally dropped a table which contained really rather important data. What to do?

One thing you can do to recover the situation quickly (if you’re running 10g or later, that is) is to run the following command:


If the table is still in the Recycle Bin, it’ll be recovered straight away. You can check whether the table is still available in the recycle bin and whether it can be recovered this way, with the following SELECT statement:

SQL> select original_name, can_undrop from recyclebin;

-------------------------------- ---

You can read about the Recyle Bin and Flashback Drop here: http://docs.oracle.com/cd/B19306_01/backup.102/b14192/flashptr004.htm

Ubuntu 12.10 + nvidia

Chet Justice - Sat, 2013-04-06 17:40
I updated my host OS a few months back after getting repeated notifications (yes, I know, I can shut them off) that 10.04 (I think) was moving out of support.

Since then, I've had an issue with my Nvidia drivers. Basically, I get video on a single monitor (dual set up) and that single monitor resolution is like 200 x 400 (no, it's not really that, but it is gigantic). Thank goodness for The Google Machine™. That originally led me here on StackOverflow. (Another reason to do things from the command line, you can remember things with   history | grep nvidia).

I'm on the 4th time of going through this exercise. Each time the kernel is updated, nvidia breaks. Fortunately for me, that guy on StackOverflow gave me all the information I needed. This time after reboot and the gigantic screen, I removed the nvidia drivers and then reinstalled them. No go. uname -r gave me the following: 3.5.0-26-generic and dpkg -l|grep headers showed an older version of the kernel headers. So I updated those, reinstalled nvidia-current and rebooted. Yay.

Many "small" issues like this recently have me pondering a move back to, gasp, Windows or perhaps even a Mac. The Mac ecosystem scares me because it is expensive...but it's difficult to square when so many of my friends (technical and otherwise) swear by Macs. Something for another day I guess...
Categories: BI & Warehousing

APEX conditions and performance

Tony Andrews - Sat, 2013-04-06 06:45
Having recently seen some examples of non-optimal code in APEX conditions (e.g. item rendering conditions and read-only conditions)  I thought it worth writing a few words about them.  By putting them here on my blog I can refer to them in future rather than writing them again. Also I may receive useful feedback from readers to improve or correct my advice. For a very simple condition Tony Andrewshttp://www.blogger.com/profile/16750945985361011515noreply@blogger.com6http://tonyandrews.blogspot.com/2013/04/apex-conditions-and-performance.html

Oracle Fusion Middleware patchset 7, the release notes

Marc Kelderman - Fri, 2013-04-05 08:58
As of April 2013, patchset 6 is out for the whole Oracle Fusion Middleware stack. It is always hard to find the release notes on the Oracle Website. To many clicks. Here are the releae notes of Weblogic, SOA Suite, Service Bus, AIA and JDeveloper. Note thate PS6 refers to version

Release Notes:
Here is an overview on the new features:



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