Oracle’s Quarterly Critical Patch Update is Out

The latest quarterly update came out this morning. There are oh-my-god smoking guns this time, but several medium-important patches. If you’re running Oracle Collaboration Suite, note that the patch blows away the login and logout pages (oops!). MetaLink note 445172.1 has info on how to restore the pages post-patch.

SQL BackTrack and Flash Recovery Area

There is a bug in SQL BackTrack (at least in version 6.8) that prevents your backing up of the archive logs from the flash recovery area. This will result in the inability to recover from any online backups that you have taken if you somehow lose those archive logs. There are 2 workarounds to this issue that I have tested, have a look.

Oracle R12 Certified for Linux 64-bit on the x86_64 Platform

If you are a early adopter of R12 with a version earlier than 12.0.3, its time to patch up to 12.0.3 or 12.0.4. and migrate to the Linux 64-bit platform. This migration to Linux 64-bit should not be a big hassle, as it is binary-compatible with Linux 32-bit. I expect it be as simple as 1) copy, 2) relink, and 3) startup. I will, however, find out the exact method, and post here in the blog.

Falcon Transactional Characteristics

It’s time to continue our series on the transactional storage engines for MySQL. Some might question why I even include Falcon because it is very much beta at this time. MySQL, however, has made quite an investment into Falcon, and while it is currently beta, the code is improving and it looks like that it will be production-worthy when MySQL server 6.0 hits GA. I am going to concentrate quite a bit on the Falcon/InnoDB comparison as that is what everyone wants to talk about. This is despite my having heard MySQL employees repeatedly make statements to the effect of, “Falcon is not going to replace InnoDB,” or “Falcon is not competing with InnoDB.” Well, take that with a grain of salt. It certainly seems to me that they are competing for the same spot.

MySQL User Group in Malta

That’s right. MySQL now has a user group in Paradise. I am always looking into connecting with other MySQL professionals, to share the laughs and tears, and to enjoy what we love working with every day, MySQL. I have always wanted to bring us all together, and I thought that this would have a good chance of doing so.We will be having our first meeting in Mellieha, and please RSVP to me personally via email, westerlund (at) if you want to attend.

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