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My Pro-Tips for YAPC First-Comers

Woe, woe is me. After two years of YAPC, meddling circumstances force me to skip attendance this year. Still, I am extremely pleased to know that Pythian is still sending one of our young Padawans into the fray. Yesterday, he was asking me if I had any tips, survival strategies, or any words of wisdom…

Pythian’s Third Annual Geek Pride Day

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The day has arrived, and it’s probably one of our favorite days at Pythian – Geek Pride Day! Since May 25 (the “official” day according to Wikipedia) falls on Saturday, we celebrated it a day early so everyone could participate. For the third year in a row, our 250+ global Pythianites have had the opportunity…

EBS Forms Compilation Errors in Large Terminal Windows: Size Does Matter!

During a recent customer environment cloning activity, I got myself up to the point where CUSTOM.plx was required to be recompiled. Nothing difficult, you might say, right? I thought the same. But that activity just killed lots of troubleshooting hours for me. frmcmp_batch.sh call was just failing with “Terminal map initialization failed.” [oracle@appslab01 ~]$ frmcmp_batch.sh…

ODA Re-imaging Could Take Anywhere Between 20 and 120 Minutes

This blog posts explains why Oracle Database Appliances re-imaging process timing may vary from 20 to 120 minutes. There are a check in the ISO:/Extras/setupodaovm.sh script that have an issue. Until the bug is fixed a) you may face different ODA nodes’ re-imaging times b) to be on the safe side check if md devices’ re-synchronization process is finished by running “cat /proc/mdstat” command before running any business critical processes on your ODA.

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