Posts Categorized: Pythian

Oracle Clusterware Install: “Invalid parameters”

So, you just installed the Oracle 10g clusterware, you just ran root.sh and got an error, you just went to metalink Note:316583.1 or Note:387691.1 the given interface(s), “eth0″ is not public, public interfaces should be used to configure virtual IPs, it just failed, and now you are relying on Google to help you with what Metalink couldn’t. Well look no more, and here’s the solution.

Oracle’s Tom Kyte on MySQL Error Messages and Sorting Rules

Those of you who, like we do here at Pythian, have the pleasure of supporting both MySQL and Oracle environments (among others) will definitely know who Tom Kyte is. In any event, reading his blog today I noticed that over the weekend he posted on an error message blurted out of a wordpress environment… something about how the “[MySQL server has gone away]”

Why Encryption didn’t Save TJX

I’m sure everyone has heard about TJX’s recent data security “problems”, if that’s what you can call “the largest known customer record theft of all time”. This eWeek article adds valuable details and analysis on how TJX had a data encryption.

Aligning ASM Disks on Linux

Linux is a wonderful operating system. However there are a number of things that one needs to do to make sure it runs as efficiently as possible. Today, I would like to share one of them. It has to do with using ASM (Automatic Storage Manager) disks.

“DBA Worst Practices”, or, pity poor Jeff Smith

I tripped across this blog post by Jeff Smith and I have to say, this man has been scarred by what has to be the worst experience interacting with a DBA I have ever heard of. And Jeff, if this is not fiction, if this is real and you have really suffered this much – give us a call won’t you?

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