Re: Sticky bit set on linux password file

From: Jared Still <>
Date: Tue, 1 Jul 2008 14:08:59 -0700
Message-ID: <>

On Tue, Jul 1, 2008 at 1:05 PM, Tim Gorman <> wrote:

> It could just be a clumsy way of signaling to some outside program that the
> database has been mounted by an instance. I used to write scripts that
> looked for the "sgadef_$ORACLE_SID.dbf" file in the "$ORACLE_HOME/dbs"
> directory, for example...
> ...just an idea?...

In that case, I wonder what breaks if SUID is not set?

Or maybe the legacy code dependent on it is gone, and the code to set the bit is still in use?

> Gotta remember that the Oracle RDBMS is the product of combined effort by a
> huge range of people, some of whom are likely to be ... ahem ... a little
> idiosyncratic... perhaps? Some of you who were Oracle employees back in the
> early- to mid-1990s might remember the hard-copy employee phone book for
> Oracle, which had an entry for "Lastnm=Clinton, Firstnm=Bill,
> email=DONT_INHALE"? Now, that's special...

Idiosyncratic? Programmers/DBA's/Geeks ?

Surely you jest.

Jared Still
Certifiable Oracle DBA and Part Time Perl Evangelist

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