Posts Categorized: Technical Blog

Wherever I May Roam

Laziness and a severe addiction to yak shaving conspire to constantly make me tweak configurations and hack scripts to make my everyday editing / shell / development experience as holistic as possible. Unfortunately the same laziness, combined with my constant hopping between home and work computers, severely gets in the way of effectively using those optimizations. Indeed, although I have those nifty toys installed here and there, because they are not uniformly installed everywhere I constantly find myself using the machines’ functional lowest common denominator. To fix that, I’ve began to dump all my environment’s custom configurations, plugins, tweaks and hacks on Github. That way, I can import my whole baseline toolbox on any given box with a simple line….

Silent Installation of Enteprise Manager Grid Control 11g

One of the first questions that I asked myself when EM GC 11g came out is how would a silent installation go especially taking into account the use of WebLogic server as the http server. But before any attempt of silent installation I started the GC 11g GUI installation to local VM machine
(Oracle Enterprise Linux 5.4 64-bit) with an allocated 2Gb of memory and got errors since WebLogic server was not installed there.

Fixing the Dreaded *.mk Error in DBD::Oracle insalls

If you have ever had this message: Unable to locate an oracle.mk, proc.mk or other suitable *.mk file in your Oracle installation. (I looked in…) It can be a very frustrating one to track down. There is no 100% answer for this problem but there seems to be two main scenarios where I have encountered this and have come up with somewhat of a solution, here it is.

Cloning Oracle Home from RAC to Stand-Alone

I cloned Oracle software before and it is a simple process: tar $ORACLE_HOME, copy the tar file to the new server, untar, run the cloning script which will register the new home with the inventory, and you are done! In theory, at least. Here is what actually happened:

Shuck & Awe #4: Hunting for Perl

Curtis Jewell followed up on an old post by Adam Kennedy and checked out if shuffling things around really improve compression. From the results, there seems to be very little blood to be squeezed out of that stone. jjore came up with a very clever hack to stop the debugger when a test fails. Not only it is extremely useful, but the hack itself provides a lot of insight and food for thought for anyone attracted to the dark arts of under-the-Perl-interpreter-hood meddling.

The MySQL Track at Kaleidoscope is set!

The MySQL track at Kaleidoscope in Washington, DC during June 28-July 1st is set! Here is the schedule, Lincoln VI is the MySQL track room. It’s not too late to register for Kaleidoscope – be sure to use the discount code MYSQL to save $300 off your registration (assuming you are not a member of ODTUG).

Blogrotate #27: Weekly News for System Administrators

Good afternoon and welcome to issue 27. The number 27 according to numerology is “the symbol of the divine light” so I’ll try to do that ideal justice. We’re off to a good start, what with me actually getting this out on schedule and such, so let’s get to it while the day is still quiet.

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