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Its summer, time to bring the car out for a good drive

Donal Daly - Wed, 2007-06-27 07:02
At the weekends, there is nothing better than taking out my Porsche for a long drive drive in the countryside. Much better, than my daily commute! I am a member of the Porsche Club of Ireland, and we had a great drive through the Wicklow mountains recently. The weather wasn't great but the scenery is still dramatic, lots of narrow twisting mountains roads to allow you to eke out the maximum enjoyment. It was fathers day so the kids decided they would both come with me, which was great.

I think we had over 15 members cars out that day. Everybody is very friendly, with a passion for all things Porsche. We started out from the Porsche Center in Dublin and they graciously provided us with coffee before we started and allowed us to gaze over all the new models. Out of my price range of course!

It was a real fun day and I look forward to the next event. We post the pictures from these "drives" on the club web site.

Multi to Single node Cloning issue

Fadi Hasweh - Wed, 2007-06-27 02:31
A friend called me yesterday he was facing the following error when he tried to clone from multi node to single node cloning
"Could not create the high water mark manifest..Please re-run the program to create the manifest required for merging APPL_TOPs"

He faced this error after he run the (perl adpreclone.pl appsTier merge) and then he cancel it while running and then he run it again on the other node then he recived this error.

According to metalink notes 372819.1 and 372758.1 he should reapply the AD.I.x patch again to the node and then run Maintain snapshot and then run the perl adpreclone.pl appsTier merge again, we did so and every thing went fine.

Hope that helped and by the way this will be my last post before my Eye LASIK Surgery which is scheduled tomorrow morning at 8:30 a.m.


Tab Complete in Windows

Robert Baillie - Tue, 2007-06-26 14:04
Another one of those things that I can never remember off the top of my head so find myself constantly looking it up whenever I get access to a new machine. I figure it may as well be my own site that I get the info from :-) To switch on 'Tab Complete' in Windows command line change the following registry keys to '09': HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Command Processor\CompletionCharHKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Command Processor\PathCompletionChar

Tab Complete in Windows

Rob Baillie - Tue, 2007-06-26 14:00
Another one of those things that I can never remember off the top of my head so find myself constantly looking it up whenever I get access to a new machine.

I figure it may as well be my own site that I get the info from :-)

To switch on 'Tab Complete' in Windows command line change the following registry keys to '09':
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Command Processor\CompletionChar
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Command Processor\PathCompletionChar

RDBMS CPU Patch 5901881 Gotcha

Solution Beacon - Tue, 2007-06-26 09:08
I recently ran across this issue while applying the RDBMS CPU patch (5901881) for version start off with a little background information:ORACLE_HOME - /opt/oracle/testdb/10.2.0Operating System - HP-UX 11.11Installation - cloned from another ORACLE_HOMEOPatch returned the following error to me while applying patch 5901881:INFO:Running make for target libnmemso INFO:Start invoking 'make

Database Growth and Solutions Part III

Solution Beacon - Tue, 2007-06-26 09:06
Well this is our final in the series on Database Growth and Solutions for that growth. Today with focus on Database Archiving and Hierarchical Storage Management (HSM).Database ArchivingDatabase archiving provides the ability to archive data that is seldom accessed off to various storage options while retaining the ability to easily access that data and ensuring referential integrity as well as

Recompiling executables results in "undefined reference to `__pure_virtual' "

Solution Beacon - Tue, 2007-06-26 07:59
In a recent upgrade from 11.5.9 to, on Red Hat Enterprise Linux 4, I ran into a problem where certain executables were not compiling. As it turned out, the executables (ENCACN, WICDOL, WICMEX, WICMLX) were all compiled with g++.This was our 3rd iteration of the upgrade and this behavior had not been observed in prior upgrades. The difference between interation #2 and iteration #3 was

Fun with Linux Filesystem Labels

Solution Beacon - Mon, 2007-06-25 09:42
Most things in life involve a little Give and Take, and filesystems in Linux are certainly no exception.On the Give side of the equation Linux offers the ability to identify a filesystem not only by its traditional device file name, such as /dev/sde1, but also by a unique label that you can apply to the filesystem. On the Take side, if you've ever supported a Linux system attached to SAN storage

Sun 2002 flashback

Hampus Linden - Sun, 2007-06-24 14:54
We've been doing some shuffling around of hardware at work and I've recommissioned some old Sun hardware for a new QA environment.
Oh the memories I have of old Sun kit :)
The most exciting thing I've installed is a Sun v480 connected to a T3 brick. That combo was pretty much the industry standard Oracle solution when I had my first job in "real" systems administration and it was probably one of the first the real mid-range installs I did (not counting ageing 420r/450's).
To be honest, it's a match made in heaven. A quad cpu v480 with a t3 brick (or two) kicked out some real performance numbers in it's day. The v480 is probably one of the nicest boxes to work with (considering age and all), the boards are easy to fit, the RSC is awesome, it's simply rock solid. Running Solaris 8 of course (we still have *lots* of clients on Solaris 8 (with Solaris 10 gaining ground)).

The T3 array is pretty cool, but it brings back the frustrations everyone had with early low-end SANs. The limitation to two disk RAID volumes with very limited zoning and slicing. But hey, it's pretty old and is still pretty fast.

Now if I only could figure out how to get rid of that darn Sun E250 we still have running Sybase 12.5.4, it just works to well so far.

Support forum,

Fadi Hasweh - Sun, 2007-06-24 09:02
I am thinking of opening a forum here to share support cases with all users, even though I guess oracle forums a great place to post problems and to get answers quickly, I will try to open my own forum for 3 months period if it was successful I will keep it other wise I will stick with oracle forums.
Suggestion are welcomed

Our first ADF application is production-ready!

Janusz Marchewa - Sat, 2007-06-23 06:47
As you might have noticed, my last post was written over a month ago. The reason is simple: I was quite busy finishing our first ADF application that is now production-ready! :) Whew...

We've learned a lot about ADF and JDeveloper. Hopefully we'll be able to leverage the power of this framework in future applications. Did everything go smoothly? Well, no. We are still not comfortable with ADF Security (we had to remove the authorization support), because it does throw weird exceptions in some situations and the ADF Security wizard in JDeveloper is a problem itself (it's hard to do any teamwork with this wizard).

Another conclusion is that the JPA+EJB3+ADF stack is not as productive as we thought. I'm going to have another look at ADF BC in the near future.

Finally, a few things worth mentioning:
1. If you have a problem with locales (e.g. the default ADF messages show up in a different locale than your messages), you should have a look here.
2. If you are using Oracle XE and Firefox and you cannot edit SQL scripts in the web interface, this message will lead you to a solution.
3. I've enhanced Frank Nimphius's solution (JSF login form for container-managed authentication in Java Server Faces) to make it more useful. I'll publish my modifications as soon as I find some spare time. Stay tuned ;)
Categories: Development


Robert Baillie - Fri, 2007-06-22 12:09
Saw a cracking Haiku on a t-shirt the other day: Haiku are easy But sometimes they don't make sense Refridgerator. Then my mind started dwelling on it: Got the release out But the testing's not finished It's falling over Or Database is slow Just can't see what's wrong with it Set autotrace on Or A quick refactor Turns into a bigger job Should have unit tests


Rob Baillie - Fri, 2007-06-22 11:54
Saw a cracking Haiku on a t-shirt the other day:

Haiku are easy
But sometimes they don't make sense

Then my mind started dwelling on it:

Got the release out
But the testing's not finished
It's falling over


Database is slow
Just can't see what's wrong with it
Set autotrace on


A quick refactor
Turns into a bigger job
Should have unit tests

Installing dbms_profiler

Andrew Fraser - Fri, 2007-06-22 08:19

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Categories: DBA Blogs

Oracle Database Plugin for the Eclipse Data Tools Platform

Donal Daly - Thu, 2007-06-21 13:41
As a further commitment to the Eclipse Community, Oracle announces an early adopter release of the Oracle Database Plugin for Eclipse Data Tools Platform. This plugin extends the Eclipse Data Tools Platform to connect to and work with Oracle database objects. The initial plugin supports the ability to connect to Oracle Databases, navigate through all database objects, execute stored procedures and functions, and view textual and graphical execution plans.

This release has been tested against DTP 1.0. We will revise the plugin as required once DTP 1.5 is released as part of the imminent Eclipse Euorpa release.

Oracle has published a Statement of Direction which outlines our future plans.

Feedback from the community is important to us so Oracle has created a forum on OTN to provide a means for this feedback to be collected and allow Oracle to respond. Assuming a positive level of interest from the community, we would seek to formally join the DTP project for the purpose of contributing to the Connectivity, Model Base, SQL Development Tools and particularly the Enablement subproject to provide specialized support for the Oracle Database.

OAF Key Do's and Don'ts (Part 1) - "Top 10" Golden Rules

Andries Hanekom - Wed, 2007-06-20 12:36
I don't know how many of you have come across this in the OAF Devguide, it was only by change that I found it, thought I'd share:

There's a lot to learn when getting started with the OA Framework, but the following list of rules are so universal -- and so fundamental -- they should be familiar to anyone who's doing Framework development.

1) ALWAYS try to declaratively define your UI. Resort to a programmatic layout only if the UI cannot be implemented declaratively. Programmatic layouts are difficult to customize (they don't leverage the Personalization Framework) and may diverge from the UI Guidelines over

2) NEVER change your UI layout properties in processFormRequest(). ALWAYS make changes in processRequest(), even if that means handling an event in processFormRequest() and then redirecting back to the same page. This ensures that the web bean hierarchy is in a stable state when the page renders.

3) NEVER use index numbers to find beans when you want to change their properties. ALWAYS search by name. Index numbers can change during processing.

4) NEVER change the properties of a parent bean from a child bean. This is a poor design practice that hampers reuse while introducing fragile code (particularly if the child code executes too late in the page rendering cycle to properly affect the parent).

5) NEVER instantiate Beans using "new OA*Bean()". ALWAYS use the createWebBean() factory methods available on the OAControllerImpl class. Not all Bean properties are initialized correctly when you use "new."

6) NEVER create Form Beans in code (this means NEVER add nested Form beans to a page; your Page Layout region should be the only form region). Multiple form Beans on a page are not supported and can result in strange runtime behaviors.

7) NEVER count on your Application Module using the same database connection in subsequent requests. For example, NEVER post and commit in separate requests. For performance reasons, the Framework will start pooling and reusing connections in 5.7 instead of holding onto a single connection throughout the life of an Application Module.

8) NEVER use JDBC directly unless you're calling a PL/SQL routine (you should use a view object instead, and if possible, the view object should be defined declaratively and not programmatically).

9) NEVER add member variables UNLESS THEY ARE TRANSIENT OR FINAL to view objects, Controllers, entity object, view rows and Application Modules.

10) ALWAYS adhere to the Self-Service Performance Guidelines

Montreal, Je Me Souviens...

Omar Tazi - Tue, 2007-06-19 12:31
After a short but efficient visit to Austin last week where I had the pleasure to speak at the Austin Oracle User Group and meet wonderful and equally interesting people, I am on the road again, precisely in Montreal. One of the people I wanted to meet F2F is whurley who attended my talk in Austin and posted a great summary on his blog. BTW, nice hanging out with you whurley!

The only thing that could be misleading in whurley's summary is when he says: "Their customers already use Eclipse for Java/Java EE development..." This is not true, our Java EE and SOA customers continue to enjoy JDeveloper as a superior development environment for their enterprise Java development. That said, we do have a well defined Eclipse strategy which is centered around "Productivity with choice" whereby we want to provide some of our customers who for whatever reason choose to develop using Eclipse the same level of productivity as they could have gotten using JDeveloper. That is one reason why we are stepping up our involvement in the Eclipse community.

Today I am in Montreal to speak at the ORA*GEC conference and meet key customers and partners in the region to share our view on open source and share some very cool features in our increasingly rich SOA stack. Although French is my native language I just realized it's more challenging than I thought to present tech stuff in French. To all my friends in Quebec, I promise to do my best!

: bad interpreter: No such file or directory

Wijaya Kusumo - Tue, 2007-06-19 02:22
When I run a bash script, it gives the following error: : bad interpreter: No such file or directory It turn out that the carriage return was not properly converted to *nix format, since it was written using Notepad in Windows. Quick fix: $ dos2unix filename -- convert to *nix format $ unix2dos filename -- convert to Windows/DOS format

Get Ready for Oracle Database 11g -July 11th 2007

Pankaj Chandiramani - Mon, 2007-06-18 21:21

The Countdown Has Begun to July 11, 2007, when 11g DB will be here :)
Its much awaited release as it has some new feature improvements in high availability, performance, scalability, manageability and diagnosability.


Categories: DBA Blogs

User tracking

Herod T - Mon, 2007-06-18 14:10

This is so obvious - at least to us here - that it really kind of shook us up that we were not doing it. I was talking to ,y friend Jeremy, and he mentioned his company had rolled out an internally built APEX app for tracking users and their accounts across all of the applications in the company. It took him awhile of explaining before it dawned on me how good of an idea this is.

They (as do we) have a database that is used for tracking employee phone numbers, with the multitude of payroll systems acquired through acquisitions having a single repository of all the active employees in the company that can be referenced even if those employees do not have network accounts is very important. We use our central database basically primarily for a place to allow employees to store their phone numbers and other contact information that is then access via a few JP pages. Jeremy and crew went a few steps farther. They actually replicate the employee information into this central database from all their various payroll systems, so that the information in the central database for where the employee is working, name changes, terminations, new hires etc is automatically looked after, so there is no out of date information when somebody transfers or quits. They then (and this is the brilliant part) pull in all of the user information from every single application in the company into this central database giving them user lists from every application. That user list is then compared to their service desk software (incident tracking stuff) and then all of that information is compared against the employee information from the payroll systems.

With all of the data in a central spot, now, they can issue a simple query on a person, and every application tied to that person is displayed and if their account is active or not. They also flag new hires and terminations and automatically generate tickets in their service desk software to have a help desk person investigate if an account is needed, verify the request for a new account is actually a live person according to payroll, and termination notices no longer have to rely on a manager at some location filling in the proper paperwork and forwarding to the IT department. Now the IT department is aware of the termination and what applications the user had access to and the IT department can now pursue the site to make sure the paper work is filled out.

In the first few weeks they were able to reduce their user count by almost 10% due to duplicate accounts, people that were no longer with the company etc. May not seem like much, but he said it was $20K alone in Novell licensing. Some reports have been put together to give them detailed user counts by application and server for licensing and usage reports.

Very simple idea but yields so much information. Jeremy did it all in APEX and oracle 10gR2 on Linux on an old piece of hardware. I will see if I can get him to put together something technical for this, I can almost smell a business opportunity here.

Good show!


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