I was having fun with Oracle Spatial lately, and stumbled over a fantastic bug (which should have been already fix what he not is...). I got the following:

ORA-29902: error in executing ODCIindexStart()routine ORA-13207: incorrect use of ... ORA-06512: at "MYSYS.SDO_INDEX_METHOD_10I...

which was caused by


what I really like here is the solution, which really works


This bug (18718478) should be solved (at least for SDO_RELATE) with which I am currently working on...

As explained previously, you can easily get a history for sqlplus and rman on lnux.

apt-get install rlwrap

I forgot to mention that the easiest way to automatically use it is to set up an alias in your shell

alias sqlplus='rlwrap sqlplus'



Ok, after having some time for playing around I decided to try a 12c installation on debian wheezy.

install mandatory packages

apt-get install binutils autoconf automake bzip2 gcc less libc6-dev make libstdc++5 unzip zlibc build-essential libaio1

create some links

Some libs are expected in other directories, we need to change that

ln -s /usr/lib/x86_64-linux-gnu/ /usr/lib64


I chose fluxbox but you can also take anything else like xterm, gnome, kde….

apt-get install fluxbox

prepare user and groups

groupadd oinstall
groupadd dba
useradd oracle -m -d /home/oracle -g oinstall -G dba -s /bin/bash
passwd oracle

check environment

there are several kernel parametersw that have to be changed to succesfully install the database, here is a script that helps you to determine them

echo "sem: ";echo "min 250 32000 100 128"; echo "is " `cat /proc/sys/kernel/sem`; echo; \
echo "shmall: ";echo "min 2097152"; echo "is " `cat /proc/sys/kernel/shmall`; echo; \
echo "shmmax - should be able to hold the SGA - max 4G-1byte: ";echo "is " `cat /proc/sys/kernel/shmmax`; echo; \
echo "shmmni: ";echo "min 4096"; echo "is " `cat /proc/sys/kernel/shmmni`; echo; \
echo "file-max: ";echo "min 6815744"; echo "is " `cat /proc/sys/fs/file-max`; echo; \
echo "ip_local_port_range: ";echo "min/max 9000 65500"; echo "is " `cat /proc/sys/net/ipv4/ip_local_port_range`; echo; \
echo "rmem_default: ";echo "min 262144"; echo "is " `cat /proc/sys/net/core/rmem_default`; echo; \
echo "rmem_max: ";echo "min 4194304"; echo "is " `cat /proc/sys/net/core/rmem_max`; echo; \
echo "wmem_default: ";echo "min 262144"; echo "is " `cat /proc/sys/net/core/wmem_default`; echo; \
echo "wmem_max: ";echo "min 1048576"; echo "is " `cat /proc/sys/net/core/wmem_max`; echo; \
echo "aio-max-nr: ";echo "max 1048576"; echo "is " `cat /proc/sys/fs/aio-max-nr`; echo;

change necessary parameters

you have just to change the parameters that don't fit, but feel free to set them all to the minimum with this script

echo "kernel.sem = 250 32000 100 128" >> /etc/sysctl.conf
echo "kernel.shmall = 2097152" >> /etc/sysctl.conf
# !!!! needs to fit YOUR SGA (=main memory for database, be sure to have enough ram for PGA etc.)!!!!
echo "kernel.shmmax = 1200000000" >> /etc/sysctl.conf
#echo "kernel.shmmni = 4096" >> /etc/sysctl.conf
echo "fs.file-max = 6815744" >> /etc/sysctl.conf
#echo "net.ipv4.ip_local_port_range = 1024 65000" >> /etc/sysctl.conf
echo "net.core.rmem_default = 262144" >> /etc/sysctl.conf
echo "net.core.rmem_default = 262144" >> /etc/sysctl.conf
echo "net.core.rmem_max = 4194304" >> /etc/sysctl.conf
echo "net.core.wmem_default = 262144" >> /etc/sysctl.conf
echo "net.core.wmem_max = 1048576" >> /etc/sysctl.conf
echo "fs.aio-max-nr = 1048576" >> /etc/sysctl.conf

change some limits

also some limits have to be set

echo "oracle soft nproc 2047" >> /etc/security/limits.conf
echo "oracle hard nproc 16384" >> /etc/security/limits.conf
echo "oracle soft nofile 1024" >> /etc/security/limits.conf
echo "oracle hard nofile 65536" >> /etc/security/limits.conf

create directories

I prefer to separate software, database files and recovery files so i put them under /opt/oracle (mountpoint) in different directories

mkdir -p /opt/oracle/app/oracle
mkdir -p /opt/oracle/oradata
mkdir -p /opt/oracle/flash_recovery_area
chown -R oracle:oinstall /opt/oracle
chmod -R 775

These steps prevent errors when the installer links some libraries

ln -s /usr/bin/awk /bin/awk
ln -s /usr/bin/basename /bin/basename

finish preparations


after unzipping the installation files add some tweaks...

Some makefiles need manual tweaking because they can't find required libs beause of some environment issues

sed -i 's/\$(PLSHPROF_LINKLINE)/\$(PLSHPROF_LINKLINE) -lons/g' /opt/oracle/app/oracle/product/12.1.0/dbhome_1/rdbms/lib/ins_rdbms.mk sed -i 's/\$(RMAN_LINKLINE)/\$(RMAN_LINKLINE) -lons/g' /opt/oracle/app/oracle/product/12.1.0/dbhome_1/rdbms/lib/ins_rdbms.mk sed -i 's/\$(TG4PWD_LINKLINE)/\$(TG4PWD_LINKLINE) -lnnz12/g' /opt/oracle/app/oracle/product/12.1.0/dbhome_1/rdbms/lib/ins_rdbms.mk


su oracle

/pathtoinstallfileshere/database/runInstaller -ignoreSysPrereqs

The installer should guide you through each step in simple and advanced mode. When the requirements are checked you can savely bypass the warnings, because not everything can be checked on an unsupported ;-) environment.

!!!I really want to keep this up-to-date so please send me a note if i missed something or something is easier to handle than i did it!!!

Errors that can happen and how to bypass them

Could not retrieve local nodename

that happens if the hostname is not in your /etc/hosts file, just insert it there as localhost and it should work

java exception when calling the installer

happened at my side because I installed it over vnc This should help:

xhost localhost

Error in invoking target 'install' of makefile ins_ctx.mk

seems to be a problem with a newer? glibc version in the make.log file you should find something like

warning: libstdc++.so.5, needed by /u01/app/oracle/product/11.2.0/dbhome_1/ctx/lib//libsc_fa.so, not found

simply install libstdc++5 apt-get install libstdc++5

If you are ever reinstalling on an ASM and you can't select your disks in the DBCA because they are already member of the diskgroup, you have to delete the label before

dd if=/dev/zero of=/dev/oracleasm/disks/MYDB_ASM_ARC_1 bs=1024 count=100
dd if=/dev/zero of=/dev/oracleasm/disks/MYDB_ASM_DB_1 bs=1024 count=100
Found myself the solution at Burlescon

Lessons learnded part 3291: SSH error "permission denied (public key)", seems to have an obvious reason, I thought when a colleague asked me on supporting him. I explained how to generate public/private keys, how to put it to gerrit etc. Nothing worked. After 4 hours of sweat I found the error. He registered on Gerrit, was in the correct group, but had no username. It seems that the username in gerrit is NOT mandatory. However it's not possible to push via SSH without providing the user the public key should work for.

Gerrit is great! And one of the most needed plugins is the delete-project plugin, for easy deleting projects without the need to manuall delete files from the harddisk and remove rows from the underlying database. What is missing? The plugin... it is NOT prebuilt available. Why? I don't know... However I needed to compile it and so here it is for the actual Gerrit version (2.6) delete-project.2.6.jar

After a fullwipe of my phone (after playing around ;-P) I ended up with a almost bricked phone and needed to copy some files. You normally do that with adb (android debug bridge) an command line client for your (to the pc connected) phone that runs on your client. Normally you need to install the Android SDK (some hundred MBs) and do a bunch of configurations, but there seems to be a new package "android-tools-adb" currently in Debian SID. Installation was not more than download it from packages.debian.org and install it with

dpkg -i downloadedpackagename.deb
worked out of the box, perfectly I LOVE DEBIAN!!!

I really don't know why, but there is no macro (record/playback) component included in gedit, and if you are used to that as I am from Notepad++ it's hard not to cry if you come to source you need to reformat or change....

But there is a plugin for gnome2 that Eduardo Romero changed to work in gnome3. Here the (very few) steps you need to get this plugin working on your gnome3 desktop

  • get the files "macropy.plugin" and "macropy.py" from https://github.com/eguaio/gedit-macropy
  • copy them to /usr/lib/gedit/plugins
  • restart gedit
  • activate plugin in Edit/Preferences/Plugins

If you prefer to not configure the plugin for global use then you can also do it per user following the README included in the github

You are done, have fun!

An often discussed topic is Java in Oracle Forms. There are various sites out there that explain how to build and deal with PJCs and Beans. Rarely covered is some basic functionality Forms has builtin since it's on the web (6i). That's the Java-Importer. Basically you have the possibility to use Java not just on Client side (with PJCs and Beans) you also are able to use Java via your frmweb process on the application Server. I recently needed it - once again. I tried to complete the implementation of the CELLWRAPPER parameter in the Reports Server (see previous post). It should be enough to put the file in the REPORTS_PATH, but that DOES NOT WORK . So I tried to get the workingDirectory, and found out that the easiest way is to use the Java System Class. First import the Java Class within your Formsbuilder:
  • Program -> Import Java Classes
  • enter "java.lang.System" as in "Import Classes"
  • Press "Import"
This few steps created a complete PL/SQL Wrapper for the java System Class. Now it's an easy task to get the user-directory (a bit reading of the java-doc) with:
Especially when using Java you need a better exception handling here's an rudimentary example of this:

  MESSAGE (SYSTEM.getProperty('user.dir'));
-- just an example, of course some better errorhandling should be done here
 -- important that you handle JAVA_ERROR AND EXCEPTION_THROWN
 -- you could even do a better handling by importing the Exception class
      MESSAGE('Java Error occured: '||ORA_JAVA.LAST_ERROR);
 WHEN ORA_JAVA.EXCEPTION_THROWN then                    
       MESSAGE('Java Exception occured');                  
       MESSAGE('others occured....');
Have fun! Let me know if anybody needs more examples!

If you use the output format DELIMITEDDATA in Oracle Reports, that exports the report as CSV file, then sometimes you need to use a wrapper (e.g. if there are CR in a field) means output is not like

In Reports it's pretty easy, there is a parameter that you can set called CELLWRAPPER. With this parameter you can define which character should be used to wrap the cells. If you use double quotes (") then you get FRM-41214 Unable to run Report (when running from Forms, another error when running from rwservlet directly). I am currently working on 11g, but it seems thats something that's not fixed since 10g. So it's kind of terrible that for such a long time there is a bug that has not been fixed. Metalink Note 397279.1 describes a workaround, by using another parameter CMDFILE, basically a file that contains parameters for the reports. In this file you put in your CELLWRAPPER=" (UX) or CELLWRAPPER='"' (WIN) parameter, and call it with CMDFILE=/tmp/mycmdfile.cmd. Means you change your Url (or forms parameter lists whatever...) from

Almost everybody who is using SSH knows Putty well. If you have multiple servers to administrate putty lacks of the feature to easily administrate these. Of course it's possible, but not very easy to use.

On Windows I an using the "Putty Connection manager", a pretty nice tool thats doing the job. It has some minor bugs, is not supported anymore, but works well on any flavour of windows.

After (already mentioned several times) moving to Gnome, I needed some kind of substitute and stumbled upon a incredible good piece of software called "Gnome Connection Manager". After using it for several weeks, I can say it is so simple and powerful that I just can just recommend it to everybody working on Linux.

As you can see in this screenshots, you can easily define connection details, tunnels, startup commands, X11 forwarding.

screenshot1 gnome connection manager

Also more advanced features, like the sending of host-commands to multiple connections is supported.

screenshot2 gnome connection manager Heavily recommended, get it!!!

P.S. Screenshots taken directly from kuthulu.com

Recently I needed to split a delimited string with PL/SQL. I just did not want to write the xx version of a "parse delimited string" package, and so I stumbled upon Alex Nuijtens Blog. This solution was not the least complex, but so beautiful I almost wanted to cry ;-). !Thanks for sharing your solution at this point Alex! It worked perfectly and so I implemented it in my programs. After a few more tests with larger string (~5000-10000) I noticed huge performance issues. So I did a fast check with using a "normal" loop and not the hierachic query Alex is using. Same result, terribly slow (~30s). After thinking a bit (...happens from time to time...) it was clear, normally if you parse a delimited string, you always cut the part off the front, that you parsed and put it somewhere else (collection....), what did not happen by using this solution. So I rewrote the pure SQL approach to a PL/SQL function. So The code looks now:

vParseString := pParseText;
FOR i IN 1..length (regexp_replace (vParseString,vRegExp))  + 1
            vToken := REGEXP_SUBSTR (vParseString,vRegExp);
            vCutPos := REGEXP_INSTR(vParseString,vRegExp,1,2);
            vParseString := substr(vParseString,vCutPos);
      EXIT WHEN vCutPos = 0;
The complete programs needs below 0.1 seconds to finish in comparison to 30 before. So Alex program is good for small strings, but does not fit my needs in this case. Probably it's much faster if you use analytic functions, where you always replace the string of the previous line... I think if I have some time I will give that a try, because a pure SQL solution would be much more beautiful than a PL/SQL approach ;-).