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RE: Great story! Metalink down caused inhouse crash

From: Jesse, Rich <>
Date: Fri, 07 Nov 2003 09:34:33 -0800
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I smell a Sharktank T-shirt coming up!

Rich Jesse                           System/Database Administrator                  Quad/Tech Inc, Sussex, WI USA

> -----Original Message-----
> Sent: Friday, November 07, 2003 11:20 AM
> To: Multiple recipients of list ORACLE-L
> Subject: RE: Great story! Metalink down caused inhouse crash
> Thanks for sharing that Bambi. Really brightened up my Friday.
> -----Original Message-----
> Sent: Friday, November 07, 2003 10:45 AM
> To: Multiple recipients of list ORACLE-L
> At my last project, we were putting in OraFin and we had a
> team of Oracle
> consultants doing up the front-end setup stuff (populating
> screens, etc).
> Well, one day, I get this panicked call that "the system" was
> down. Well,
> of course, that was silly. The system was up just fine,
> thank-you-very-much, and the database was fine, and even "my"
> version of the
> app was just fine-and-dandy. This reminded me of the old
> lightbulb joke ("I
> got one over here just like it and it works fine for me"), so
> I tried to log
> in as the user from "my" app, and it worked fine. I went
> upstairs, and
> sure-nuf, she couldn't log in and couldn't log in. She
> *swore* she had
> never logged onto Unix and had never changed *anything*
> except data, and it
> was working fine til 9:15 then boom! Well, after awhile, I
> ran out of ideas
> and tried to log a TAR, and, as you can tell from the subject
> line, Metalink
> was down. It was down all morning, and started coming up
> slowly around 1pm.
> When I was finally able to enter the text of the TAR, I was
> just about to
> log the TAR and my phone rang with a "Gee, you fixed it,
> thank you!". Well,
> *that* was a bit too much of a coincidence for me. Well, the
> upshot of the
> whole thing was that, for whatever reason, in their setups,
> they wanted the
> actual Oracle splash page to come up instead of the one that
> ships with
> OraFin and one of their in-house experts who had since disappeared had
> hardcoded in the server that hosted Metalink into the app.
> And the really great thing was when I took out the reference
> to that machine
> leaving the default splash screen as was, they didn't even
> notice. What a
> day that was!
> Bambi.

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