Re: Oracle 11g placement of the alert log

From: Arch <>
Date: Sat, 12 Jan 2008 08:59:05 -0500
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On Sat, 12 Jan 2008 05:22:58 -0800 (PST), Charles Hooper <> wrote:

>On Jan 12, 6:50 am, Arch <> wrote:
>> On Fri, 11 Jan 2008 21:39:17 -0800 (PST), wrote:
>> >On Jan 11, 9:51 pm, "Ana C. Dent" <> wrote:
>> >> JAW <> wrote in news:38f15211-7e7b-4afd-9f91-
>> >>
>> >> > I have started to test Oracle 11g.
>> >> > I have scripts in place that read the alert log already.
>> >> > The log goes into a new location in 11g.
>> >> > Has anyone found a way to put the log back in its original position?
>> >> You could always use softlinks
>> >Is there a way to put symbolic links on Windows OS?
>> No.  But Windows has pretty screens.
>Yes, Windows supports symbolic links.
>From the "Windows Vista Resource Kit" book, page 447:
>"Junction points are super-hidden (the system and hidden attributes
>are set) and can be displayed using the dir /AL command at the command
>prompt, where the L option displays all reparse points (junction
>points or symbolic links) within the current directory."
>From the "Windows Vista Resource Kit" book, page 450:
>"Note: The junction from Users\All Users to ProgramDara shown in Table
>14-4 is actually a symbolic link and not a junction point. Symbolic
>links (symlinks) are new to Windows Vista and not supported on
>previous versions of Microsoft Windows. Symlinks, junction points and
>hard links can be created using the mklink command."
>From the "Windows Vista Resource Kit" book, page 536:
>"Windows Vista includes symbolic links. Symbolic links act like
>shortcuts, but they provide a transparent link to the target file at
>the file-system level, rather than within Explorer... A symbolic link
>will actually trick applications into thinking they are directly
>accessing the target file."
>"A symbolic link is a file system object that points to another file
>system object. The object being pointed to is called the destination
>object. Symbolic links are transparent to users. The links appear as
>normal files or directories, and they can be used by the user or
>application in exactly the same manner. Symbolic links have been added
>to Windows ServerŪ 2008 to aid in migration and application
>compatibility with UNIX operating systems."
>"Windows 2000 and higher supports directory symbolic links, where a
>directory serves as a symbolic link to another directory on the
>computer. For example, if the directory D:\SYMLINK specified C:\WINNT
>\SYSTEM32 as its target, then an application accessing D:\SYMLINK
>\DRIVERS would in reality be accessing C:\WINNT\SYSTEM32\DRIVERS.
>Directory symbolic links are known as NTFS junctions in Windows."
>"The Windows 2000 version of NTFS introduced symbolic directory links,
>called directory junctions, which allow you to create a directory that
>points at a different directory, but until the Windows Vista version,
>NTFS has only supported hard links for files."
>Yes, Windows supports symbolic links. It may in part depend on how
>you define a symbolic link to determine what version first supported
>symbolic links. There are a couple articles on Microsoft's site that
>describe creating symbolic links on Windows 95 and 98, but those are
>likely something a bit different.
>Charles Hooper
>IT Manager/Oracle DBA
>K&M Machine-Fabricating, Inc.

Semantic gymnastics. The fact is there is nothing in windows equivalent to a symbolic link in Unix. Junction points (correctly termed reparse points) are quite similar to a Unix hard link. Still not the same. Whatever name you want to give it, there is nothing in Windows that will do what a symbolic link does for Unix. Received on Sat Jan 12 2008 - 07:59:05 CST

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