Sunday, November 07, 2010

Oracle VM

Haven't blogged this before. A while ago I posted that my Oracle VM was not working and that I shut it down. Shortly after this I found that the reason was the faulty disk I was using. Rebuild Oracle VM and still happy about it.

Saturday, November 06, 2010

Error while patching OIM 10.1.4 to

When patching the Oracle OIM 10.1.4 to OIM the first configuration assistant might fail immediately.

Try starting the listener and issue a retry. This helped in my case.

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Script to add SCSI drives on the fly

Very often when you are busy with VMWare, you need an extra disk. Now creating the disk can happen while the VM Linux guest is active. However you don't see the disk immediately. A reboot will help obviously, but I found a nice script on that will show the new SCSI device, so that you can continue and add the disk without a reboot. Just search for the script.

It is on my VMWare Server now and will go directly to each new Linux guest from now on. Any possibility to prevent a reboot is welcome ;-)

Wednesday, October 06, 2010

Patching with OPatch

Hmm, sometimes life is funny. If I say to you that I have a generic patch, you would expect one patch that can be applied to all versions.
Not in this case.
I need to apply a patch for the Oracle IDM Suite (10.1.4).
Finding the patch is already difficult - and then there are four versions of the same patch - apparently based on different versions of the underlying J2EE. In my opinion this is not generic.

Trial and error led me to one of the four versions - which then came back with:
OPatch detects your platform as 46 while this patch xxxxxxx supports platforms:
0 (Generic Platform)

So again - it seems that my definition of generic differs from Oracle's view. I would understand an error, if the patch was for platform 46 or 18 or whatever.
But here a generic patch is apparently not applicable for my platform.

Luckily Metalink Note 404473.1 offers a solution.
So setting the following:


does trick the opatch into believing that it is no Linux machine any longer.
Running opatch apply now works.

Still leaves me puzzled about the meaning of GENERIC.

Sunday, September 19, 2010

Good-bye Oracle VM

Today I decided to abandon Oracle VM and move back to VMWare. A while ago I bought my old 4GB laptop from my company, when I was given a new one. I added a 1TB disk and installed Oracle VM 2.2 on it.

There are some quirks with Oracle VM when it comes to support low end systems.
First of all the system is memory bound quite fast. See an earlier post of me ( to see how Oracle VM treats it memory. The second main issue is the problem with external USB2.0 devices. I ended up rebooting an image quite often as the SCSI drive was declared dead.

I worked with VMWare since about 6 years, and only had lost one image - a colleague disconnected my external drive which resulted in a corrupt Oracle database. With Oracle VM I never had that stability.

So for me it is good-bye OVM, and welcome back VMWare Server. Obviously the VMWare Server will run on a Linux host with Oracle Enterprise Linux 5.5 .

Wednesday, September 08, 2010

Oracle VM /etc/hosts file

I was reinstalling my Oracle VM (again).

During the configuration of the Oracle VM Manager template I ran into an error: OVM-2007.

The template (new OVM image) could not find the host it was running on.

Quick check in the /etc/hosts file of the OVM Server showed: ovm.mydomain.local ovm localhost.localdomain localhost

So I changed it to read: localhost.localdomain localhost ovm.mydomain.local ovm localhost.localdomain localhost

To me as a Unix veteran it is still a mistery why somebody came up with the idea to put anything besides localhost into the first line.

Saturday, August 14, 2010

Problems with an external disk on Oracle VM

Recently I had a lot of disk errors on my Oracle VM server.
The errors indicated that some scsi problems were manifesting itself with:

unable to enumerate USB device on port 2

After unloading and reloading the ehci_hcd it seems to be gone.

Wednesday, August 04, 2010

Different silent install files WLS 10.3.2 and 10.3.3

Today I tried to cut some corners and use a silent.xml file for WLS 10.3.3 for a silent installation of 10.3.2.

To my amazement on a clean machine I received the following error:

oracle@xxx001:/opt/oracle$ java -jar /nfsstage/wls1032_generic.jar -mode=silent -silent_xml=./silent/wls_silent.xml -log=/tmp/wls.log
Extracting 0%....................................................................................................100%
The local BEA product registry is corrupted. Please select another Middleware Home or contact Oracle Support

I checked the wls_silent.xml file and found that it includes Coherence, which was not bundled with the 10.3.2 version.

So I modified the 10.3.3 silent_xml file from

value="WebLogic Server/Core Application Server|WebLogic Server/Administration Console|WebLogic Server/Configuration Wizard and Upgrade Framework|WebLogic Server/Web 2.0 HTTP Pub-Sub Server|WebLogic Server/WebLogic JDBC Drivers|WebLogic Server/Third Party JDBC Drivers|WebLogic Server/WebLogic Server Clients|WebLogic Server/WebLogic Web Server Plugins|WebLogic Server/UDDI and Xquery Support|WebLogic Server/Server Examples|Oracle Coherence/Coherence Product Files"


value="WebLogic Server/Core Application Server|WebLogic Server/Administration Console|WebLogic Server/Configuration Wizard and Upgrade Framework|WebLogic Server/Web 2.0 HTTP Pub-Sub Server|WebLogic Server/WebLogic JDBC Drivers|WebLogic Server/Third Party JDBC Drivers|WebLogic Server/WebLogic Server Clients|WebLogic Server/WebLogic Web Server Plugins|WebLogic Server/UDDI and Xquery Support|WebLogic Server/Server Examples"

Then I restarted the silent installation and now everything works.

Friday, July 30, 2010

When your own documentation rocks!!!

Nobody likes to write documentation, and I'm not that different.

But today I was very happy and said "Thank You" to myself. A while ago I needed to install some software for a project. Now after my vacation, which apparently wiped a lot of my mind's hard disk clean, I needed to repeat the installation for a new environment.

Reverting back to my own documentation saved me a lot of time.

Maybe I should create a video on YouTube with my impersonation of Steven Balmer's monkey dance and substitute the words "Developers, developers..." with "Document! Document! Document!".

So take it from me: writing documentation before your vacation keeps you longer in your post-vacation mode ;-)

Clarification on the sluggishness of the silent install

A few posts ago I mentioned that the silent install was very slow.

Still had this on my to-blog list, so here is the clarification.

It turned out that somebody had the idea that we needed some kind of virus protection on the Linux boxes. Each time something was written to the disk the virus protection kicked in. Imagine what this is doing to your installation performance :-(

Friday, June 04, 2010

Modifying for WebLogic Portal

When using the Oracle Database for the storage of WebLogic Portal settings you need to modify the and run the script.

In the the example uses the Pointbase, so the values in the Oacle section are filled with placeholders.

When replacing the jdbc string be carefull not to remove all @ signs.

The original value is:


The fisrt @ after the 'thin:@' needs to remain there.

Otherwise you will get a sql exception when you run the script.

Thursday, June 03, 2010

WebLogic silent install

It seems that I'm all into silent installs these days.
Trying to do a WebLogic installation in silent mode. Went to the documentation, as a few things have changed since the early BEA days.

So I found the sample file for the silent.xml .

Without big thinking I copied the sample like this:

<data-value value="D:\Oracle\Middleware_Home" name="BEAHOME">
<data-value value="D:\Oracle\Middleware_Home\wlserver_10.3" name="WLS_INSTALL_DIR">
<data-value value="WebLogic Server/Core Application ServerWebLogic Server /Administration ConsoleWebLogic Server/Configuration Wizard and Upgrade FrameworkWebLogic Server/Web 2.0 HTTP Pub-Sub ServerWebLogic Server/WebLogic JDBC DriversWebLogic Server/Third Party JDBC DriversWebLogic Server /WebLogic Server ClientsWebLogic Server/WebLogic Web Server Plugins WebLogic Server/UDDI and Xquery SupportWebLogic Server/Server ExamplesOracle Coherence/Coherence Product Files" name="COMPONENT_PATHS">
<data-value value="yes" name="INSTALL_NODE_MANAGER_SERVICE">
<data-value value="5559" name="NODEMGR_PORT">
<data-value value="yes" name="INSTALL_SHORTCUT_IN_ALL_USERS_FOLDER">


only to find out that the installation terminated with the message:
The local BEA product registry is corrupted. Please select another Middleware Home or contact Oracle Support

As so often the solution was quite easy. The list of components ended up on different lines. This resulted in an incomplete description of components to install. So, just make sure that the list of components is on one line and the silent installation works like a charm.

Silent install is veeeeeery slow

Yesterday I did my first ever silent install. Nothing fancy yet. There are two possibilities:

a) Silent install is dead slow


b) There is something wrong with the machine or the storage

Bottom line is, it took me 1.5 hours to just install the database software.
I need to investigate this, as this is not what I had in mind.

Continuing now with the listener and the dbca in a silent manner.

Wednesday, June 02, 2010

Oracle software has become pretty big ...

... or Google Chrome has a problem with counting ;-)

Sunday, May 30, 2010

Moved to Australia

I finally have made the jump over to Australia. After a somewhat bumpy first week (oh man - what a jet-lag) I started to settle down.

On my project I will do a lot of stuff with Coherence, WebLogic Portal, the OSB, Grid Control and a RAC database.

I'm looking forward to do this. This is part of re-inventing myself, while being in a nice place.

I will also try to blog some of my experiences in

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Oracle VM memory issue

After some first baby steps with Oracle VM I wanted to push this thing a little bit further. So my idea was to have more than a couple of VM's running simultaneously.
The Oracle VM told me however that I had not enough memory to do this.
So I was sitting in front of my dedicated laptop and told the screen that there should be 4 GB inside. The laptop however had one of his funny days and told me (using free and top) that really nothing more than 572 MB would be inside the machine.

Hmm - when a machine tells me something I am the first to listen. So I shutdown everything, got my screwdriver, opened the memory compartment and had a look. Indeed 1 bank of 2GB. I didn't check the second bank as this is hidden underneath the keyboard. Closing the machine and powering it up, I prepared myself for another round of telling it that it should recognize a little bit more than 572 MB.

I examined the dmesg and still it told me that there was only 572 MB inside.

Now imagine, you have just seen 2 GB inside (and hope that 3 or 4 are in there) while the Oracle VM keeps telling me that only a very limited part of that memory was there.

So friends and neighbors, there are two possibilities:
a) The memory was KAPUT
b) Something prevents Linux to see/use it all.

As I could not prove or examine option a) I had a look at option b).

A long long time ago I was pretty good with low level Linux (baking my own kernels and so on). And then I remembered that with Xen it is possible to fool around with the memory during boot time.

Checking the menu.lst of the GRUB I found the following:

# grub.conf generated by anaconda
# Note that you do not have to rerun grub after making changes to this file
# NOTICE: You have a /boot partition. This means that
# all kernel and initrd paths are relative to /boot/, eg.
# root (hd0,0)
# kernel /vmlinuz-version ro root=/dev/sda2
# initrd /initrd-version.img
# Detect64 claims this is 64 bit box
title Oracle VM Server-ovs (xen-3.4.0 2.6.18-
root (hd0,0)
kernel /xen-32bit.gz dom0_mem=572M
module /vmlinuz-2.6.18- ro root=UUID=ad545ccc-b2bb-450b-a048-a58b22c51cc4
module /initrd-2.6.18-
title Oracle VM Server-ovs serial console (xen-3.4.0 2.6.18-
root (hd0,0)
kernel /xen-32bit.gz console=com1,vga com1=57600,8n1 dom0_mem=572M



So I found the reason for the lack of memory (an amnesic laptop ;-)

Off we go - with a modified menu.lst:

# grub.conf generated by anaconda
# Note that you do not have to rerun grub after making changes to this file
# NOTICE: You have a /boot partition. This means that
# all kernel and initrd paths are relative to /boot/, eg.
# root (hd0,0)
# kernel /vmlinuz-version ro root=/dev/sda2
# initrd /initrd-version.img
# Detect64 claims this is 64 bit box
title Oracle VM Server-ovs (xen-3.4.0 2.6.18-
root (hd0,0)
kernel /xen-32bit.gz dom0_mem=572M
module /vmlinuz-2.6.18- ro root=UUID=ad545ccc-b2bb-450b-a048-a58b22c51cc4
module /initrd-2.6.18-
title Andreas VM Server-ovs (xen-3.4.0 2.6.18-
root (hd0,0)
kernel /xen-32bit.gz dom0_mem=2048M
module /vmlinuz-2.6.18- ro root=UUID=ad545ccc-b2bb-450b-a048-a58b22c51cc4
module /initrd-2.6.18-
title Oracle VM Server-ovs serial console (xen-3.4.0 2.6.18-
root (hd0,0)
kernel /xen-32bit.gz console=com1,vga com1=57600,8n1 dom0_mem=572M

I added the "Andreas Server-ovs" stanza, to prevent me from a re-installation if something would not work.

So after a reboot my laptop tells me that it has the large amount I was hoping for.

As this part of the memory is just the amount Xen is using there is some more in it.

Checking what really is in there:

[root@ovm ~]# xm info | grep memory
total_memory : 3447
free_memory : 1363
node_to_memory : node0:1363

This looks better.
Well i keep it like this for a while and play with my 2GB for now.

Thursday, May 06, 2010

Startup problems of OSB on OEL

Another thing I came across when dealing with the OSB was that the Workshop throw an error and didn't start at all. When you end up with a large dialog box showing a list of startup parameters (which all originate from the workshop.ini file) have a look at this site:

Problem when starting the Eclipse Workshop for OSB

During the startup of the Eclipse Workshop in my OSB environment I encountered the following error:
“requested array is larger than heap”

The solution (from the OTN forums) is to delete the publish*.dat from the following directory:


Wednesday, May 05, 2010

Leightweight is not always good

I am busy installing the latest version of the Oracle Enterprise Manager. Obviously I need a database for this.
In order to protect my resources in the Oracle VM image that use I switched off all extra Database options. Among others the Partitioning option is offered. Well - during the installation of the OEM I found out the hard way that the Partitioning option is required for the database.
I know that the OEM creates a lot of partitions - which will then get emptied during the data consolidation process. I happened to forget this.

The funny thing is that the OEM installer checks this and comes back with a warning box, stating:
Using the Partitoning option is strongly recommended. Being a wise guy I tried to ignore this. But when Oracle says that they STRONGLY RECOMMEND something they mean it. So I am deinstalling and reinstalling the database software as I write this ;-)

Sunday, May 02, 2010

Starting an Oracle VM image from the commandline

Just for your convenience:

When you start an Oracle VM image from the commandline with

xm create -c ./vm.cfg

you will see that the boot process continues until the login is displayed:

EXT3-fs: mounted filesystem with ordered data mode.
type=1403 audit(1272761495.554:2): policy loaded auid=4294967295 ses=4294967295

Enterprise Linux Enterprise Linux Server release 5.4 (Carthage)
Kernel 2.6.18- on an i686

soa.mydomain.local login:

In order to get back to your commandline type CTRL-] and you will get back the control.

Saturday, April 24, 2010

Some people are brave - others are chickenshit

Yesterday I received a farewell email from my dear colleague David Calcano. After years with Accenture he is moving into a total different area, leaving us with all the mess of Oracle and SOA.

I always admired folks who know more than I do, and the more they know more than me the more I dream of becoming like them. And then they turn out to be brave enough and do something completely different.

I will keep on my radar - and I know that with people like David on board they can only succeed!

And now back to the scared and meek folks who just keep on doing the same - me ;-)

VMWare hick-up

Although I am busy moving to Oracle VM I needed to access one of my systems on VMWare on my laptop which I had not used for a while.

The console of VMWare did not load. Ok - I though his might be due to some networks which I had disabled on Windows. Enabled them - no result. Checking the VMWare services I found out that the VMWare Host Agent was not running. So I restarted it. Crashed again.

Obviously the next step is to check the Windows event viewer. To my surprise the System Log could not be displayed.

Needless to say I had to fix this first. Clear the Log typically solves this and I was lucky this time.
Back to the VMWare Host Agent. Started it agian - still crashes. I found the following error:

The VMware Host Agent service terminated with service-specific error 4294967295 (0xFFFFFFFF).

Checking the VMWare log.

Log for VMware Server, pid=7444, version=2.0.2, build=build-203138, option=Release, section=2
[2010-04-24 12:20:34.264 'App' 2600 info] Current working directory: C:\ProgramData\VMware\VMware Server
[2010-04-24 12:20:34.265 'App' 2600 info] Trying blklistsvc
[2010-04-24 12:20:34.265 'App' 2600 info] Trying cimsvc
[2010-04-24 12:20:34.266 'App' 2600 info] Trying directorysvc
[2010-04-24 12:20:34.266 'App' 2600 info] Trying hostsvc
[2010-04-24 12:20:34.727 'App' 2600 panic] error: not well-formed (invalid token)
[2010-04-24 12:20:34.728 'App' 2600 panic] backtrace:(backtraces not supported)
[2010-04-24 12:20:34.728 'App' 2600 info] Win32 service stopped

Googling for a solution, the datasources.xml could be corrupt. I checked it and indeed - only garbage in there. Renamed this file and restarted the VMWare Host Agent.

Now everything works. Finally I can get back to my VMWare server and restart my age-old Oracle Enterprise Manager Grid Control.

Friday, April 23, 2010

How Database Vault really works

I was worried as I ran into a problem with the Database Vault security. I configured a new realm in a database where the Oracle E-Business Suite is running. The main idea was to have a user for the OBIEE that should have only limited access.

Together with some colleagues we made sure that the OBIEE user had the correct grants on some tables and views inside the EBS schema (APPS, AR, GMS, PA). I created the realm and added the OBIEE user as a participant.
Everything seemed to work. Then I disabled the realm and even removed the OBIEE user from the realm, but still Oracle Answers was capable of accessing the APPS schema objects.

Took me a day and finally I reread the manual. I understood my error.

The purpose of the DBV is to lockout users with system privileges, such as the SYS or SYSTEM user.
Now the account of the OBIEE user does not have these system privileges except CREATE SESSION.
In order to access any object the OBIEE user relies on discretionary grants (e.g. the AR user grants select on HZ_CUST_ACCOUNTS).
By this the OBIEE userR does not need the realm as this is granted.

The intention of the DBV is not focusing on users as OBIEE user but on all users who have system privileges.

From the Oracle manual:

... Oracle Database Vault does not replace the discretionary access control model in the existing Oracle database. It functions as a layer on top of this model for both realms and command rules. ...

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Something old - something new

No - I'm not going to be married (been there - did it - bought the ring - still happy).

This was a day in which all extremes came together. Talked about Oracle Complex Event Processing (still need to learn something in there), while I was helping some colleagues to solve some Oracle AS 10.1.2 issues. And in between I was investigating some EBS with Database Vault and TDE after a morning session about the strategy for our Oracle unit.

For me this proves that even if you teach an old dog some new tricks, there is always an audience for the previous show, while still performing the bread and butter business today.

Friday, March 19, 2010

Problems installing Oracle IDM on a 64bit Linux

I need to install an Oracle IDM on a 64bit Linux.
In order to get this running I need a 64bit WebLogic Server. As this is not delivered with an included JDK I downloaded the Sun 1.6 JDK for 64bit Linux systems.

When I then tried to install the WLS I always received an "out of disk" error.

The magic option to pass to the self-extracting WLS is the following:

java -jar ./wls1032_generic.jar

Sunday, March 14, 2010

OOW 2010 submissions

I have just added three submisions for OOW 2010.

Automate the creation of extra Coherence machines based on Grid Control data
Use Oracle VM to learn Oracle technology
Build a Coherence cluster using Oracle VM to speed up Oracle FMW

Saturday, March 13, 2010

Customize the VM template

One size does not fit all.
The Oracle VM template comes with just the twm windows manager. Since my days in University I dislike this thing. For me it is Motif.

So in order to get my favorite Windows manager up and running I need to install it.
Luckily Oracle offers a public yum server. Do the following:

cd /etc/yum.repos.d

Edit this file and set the stanza to enabled for the corresponding entry. The template is based on EL5 Update4.

Then just run
yum install openmotif

Afterwards I modify the xstart file in the /home/oracle/.vnc directory to use mwm instead of twm.
In order to access the vncviewer I also need to modify the iptables.

Add a line into the iptables to enable access in the port range 5900-5950. This will enable the access of the custom vncserver, as well as the vncserver which runs on the VM Server. The second vncserver acts as a console for the VM image. Depending on the order in which the VM's are started the vnc port changes. Therefore I use a port.

I'm too lazy to change the hostname of the WebCenter VM Template

I could change the hostname of the VM template for the WebCenter. This would be done on the OS using the standard Linux way (change /etc/hosts, /etc/sysconfig/network). However as the Oracle Application Server OC4J is still configured with the template hostname (haovm007) I would need to changethis. Now - as a lot of you know - the hostname and domainname change in the OC4J is not the easiest tasks of the Application Server Administration.

So I decided to build a WebCenter machine from scratch.
A) It is easier
B) I learn all the steps (probably have to install it more than once)
C) I configure it as I would like to have it
D) It is more fun

Problem with a WebCenter VM template hostname

The beauty of the Oracle VM templates is of course the ease with which you create a new machine. But then it has to work, or at least it must be customizable.

I have created a new machine from a WebCenter VM template.
During the boot it asks for the network configuration. This seems to work, as ifconfig returns the correct settings. However the machinename is not used. I entered webcenter1 but the template still has the haovm007:

While I am a Bond fan I'd rather see my own name for the machine. Let's see how this can be corrected.

Tuesday, March 09, 2010

Screw up and repair

I thought it worked - but of course I forgot the Oracle VM Manager on my second machine.

It still displayed the ServerPool1 that I had created previously.
In order to begin with a clean slate you might need to drop the database in the Oracle VM Server.

Login to the server as root and execute the following commands:

service stop ovs-agent
rm -rf /etc/ovs-agent/db
service start ovs-agent

Then the external disk needs to be added again:
[root@ovm utils]# ./ --new /dev/sdb1
[ NEW ] 6ad759c5-d706-4b3a-9d14-bcffafc61fc3 => /dev/sdb1
[root@ovm utils]# ./ --list
[ ] 6ad759c5-d706-4b3a-9d14-bcffafc61fc3 => /dev/sdb1
[root@ovm utils]# ./ --root 6ad759c5-d706-4b3a-9d14-bcffafc61fc3
[ R ] 6ad759c5-d706-4b3a-9d14-bcffafc61fc3 => /dev/sdb1

The filesystems were back again and also the directories in /OVS.

Now back to importing a VM Template.

Finally my OVM looks like it should

I rebuild my OVM server for the n-th time this morning. Problem was that it was difficult to have the external disk mounted on the /OVS directory.
I tried to add a shared virtual disk - which I formatted as an ocfs2 disk to the existing disk. I found this excellent posting that described the process and guided me into the correct direction. Although the disk was visible in the script I was unable to see it in the Oracle VM Manager.

Now I thought that I need to build the server and format the filesystems myself.
Sorry I have no screenshots here as the installer runs on the machine itself.
During the installation the two disks (internal 50 GB and external 1 TB) are shown as /dev/sda and /dev/sdb. In the disk setup utility in the installer choose the option to define a custom layout.

The installer offers a predefined layout, which it would normally apply to the available disks.
I decided to have three filesystems on the internal disk. This will be /, /boot and a swap filesystem. On the external disk I gave away the complete disk and formatted it as an ocfs2 filesystem.
During this I received a lot of errors on the screen, stating that there was an error while setting the type of the filesystem to ocfs2. However I continued - ignoring the errors - and finally ended up with this disk layout:

[root@ovm ~]# df -h
Filesystem Size Used Avail Use% Mounted on
/dev/sda2 54G 953M 50G 2% /
/dev/sda1 99M 45M 49M 48% /boot
tmpfs 287M 0 287M 0% /dev/shm
/dev/sdb1 931G 315M 931G 1% /var/ovs/mount/6AD759C5D7064B3A9D14BCFFAFC61FC3
[root@ovm ~]#

so, now the fun can begin, as I finally got to the point where I have my 1 TB disk fully exposed for my Oracle VM server.

Monday, February 22, 2010

Installing Oracle VM Manager on Fedora

Although my Oracle VM Manager was running on OEL, I reinstalled the machine with Fedora and obviously I wanted the OVM Manager back on it.

The installation was pretty straight forward. Two tiny things had to be done in order to convince the installer to proceed. I needed to comment out the checks for the OS and the libaio package. After this the installer was on its way.

During the Oracle XE installation I adapted the swapfile (created a big additional swapfile) as the XE installer decided to stop when tere was not enough swap space.

Conclusion: OVM Manager runs fine on Fedora.

Friday, February 12, 2010

Starting with my OVM

Added a 1 TB disk to my OVM machine :-)

[root@ovm ~]# mkfs -t ext3 /dev/sdb
mke2fs 1.39 (29-May-2006)
/dev/sdb is entire device, not just one partition!
Proceed anyway? (y,n) y
Filesystem label=
OS type: Linux
Block size=4096 (log=2)
Fragment size=4096 (log=2)
122109952 inodes, 244190646 blocks
12209532 blocks (5.00%) reserved for the super user
First data block=0
Maximum filesystem blocks=0
7453 block groups
32768 blocks per group, 32768 fragments per group
16384 inodes per group
Superblock backups stored on blocks:
32768, 98304, 163840, 229376, 294912, 819200, 884736, 1605632, 2654208,
4096000, 7962624, 11239424, 20480000, 23887872, 71663616, 78675968,
102400000, 214990848

Writing inode tables: done
Creating journal (32768 blocks): done
Writing superblocks and filesystem accounting information: done

This filesystem will be automatically checked every 38 mounts or
180 days, whichever comes first. Use tune2fs -c or -i to override.
[root@ovm ~]#

So - now the fun part can start.

Thursday, February 11, 2010

dbca - Exception in thread "main"

Sometimes error messages are very misleading. If you see an error stating:

Exception in thread "main"

you expect that this is some java-related issue. Maybe the classpath is wrong, your JAVA_HOME is not set, etc.

I had this error when I was starting up the Oracle dbca.

After some checks and different tries I found out that the DISPLAY environment was set, but to a different screen, which I was not using. So even when you check the dbca shell script, you will find a build-in check for the DISPLAY environment.
But now the check passed with flying flags - as it was set. The problem that my dbca was unable to use this DISPLAY lead to the java error.

Setting the DISPLAY to the one I was using (and setting xhost to allow all) solved this.