ANSI expansion

Here’s a quirky little bug that appeared on the OTN database forum in the last 24 hours which (in 12c, at least) produces an issue which I can best demonstrate with the following cut-n-paste: SQL>...
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ASH

There was a little conversation on Oracle-L about ASH (active session history) recently which I thought worth highlighting – partly because it raised a detail that I had got wrong until Tim Gorman...
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To patch or not to patch?

Mary Ann Davidson wrote a great piece on her security blog today, which basically talked about focusing on the important vulnerabilities, not necessarily the ones that get the most press. Added to that,...
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12c MView refresh

Some time ago I wrote a blog note describing a hack for refreshing a large materialized view with minimum overhead by taking advantage of a single-partition partitioned table. This note describes how...
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UKOUG System Event : I’ve got a paper selected.

I’ve just found out I’ve got a paper selected for the UKOUG System Event on May 20th. Check out my badge. I was a spectator at last year’s event. At first glance you might think much...
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Oracle Linux 7.1 Preinstall Packages available for 11gR2 and 12cR1

Every so often I have a nose around the contents of the Oracle Linux public yum repositories and guess what I found in the OL7.1 base and OL7 latest repositories. oracle-rdbms-server-11gR2-preinstall-1.0-3.el7.src.rpm oracle-rdbms-server-11gR2-preinstall-1.0-3.el7.x86_64.rpm oracle-rdbms-server-12cR1-preinstall-1.0-3.el7.src.rpm oracle-rdbms-server-12cR1-preinstall-1.0-3.el7.x86_64.rpm Yeeeeeaaaaahhhhhh! The...
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Oracle Linux 7.1 Preinstall Packages available for 11gR2 and 12cR1

Every so often I have a nose around the contents of the Oracle Linux public yum repositories and guess what I found in the OL7.1 base and OL7 latest repositories. oracle-rdbms-server-11gR2-preinstall-1.0-3.el7.src.rpm oracle-rdbms-server-11gR2-preinstall-1.0-3.el7.x86_64.rpm oracle-rdbms-server-12cR1-preinstall-1.0-3.el7.src.rpm oracle-rdbms-server-12cR1-preinstall-1.0-3.el7.x86_64.rpm Yeeeeeaaaaahhhhhh! The...
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Is Your Shellshocked Poodle Freaked Over Heartbleed?

Security weenies will understand that the above title is not as nonsensical as it appears. Would that it were mere nonsense. Instead, I suspect more than a few will read the title and their heads...
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Tackling Strategic CIO Issues of 2015 by Oracle’s CIO, Mark Sunday

Technology evangelist Ben Kepes states in a recent Forbes article that “cloud will be the default way of delivering technology in the future.” And who better to lead a company’s cloud...
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Release: Oracle VM VirtualBox 4.3.26

Oracle has released a new version of its virtualization platform VM Virtualbox. Version 4.3.26 is considered a maintenance release which can be installed on top of version 4.3. The update improves stability...
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