last access time of a file

I was reading and there was a command about printing the modification details of a file.

In Linux / Cygwin “stat” exists as a command

$ stat /etc/hosts
Access: 2010-08-25 15:20:49.782522200 +0200
Modify: 2010-08-18 14:04:25.868114200 +0200
Change: 2010-08-18 14:04:26.072413100 +0200

Or use the one-liner perl below

### st_atime;         /* Time of last access */
$ perl -e 'use POSIX;[-f"/etc/hosts"]&&print ctime((stat(_))[8])'
Wed Aug 25 15:20:08 2010
### st_mtime;         /* Time of last data modification */
$ perl -e 'use POSIX;[-f"/etc/hosts"]&&print ctime((stat(_))[9])'
Wed Jun 10 11:36:40 2009
### st_ctime;         /* Time of last file status change */
$ perl -e 'use POSIX;[-f"/etc/hosts"]&&print ctime((stat(_))[10])' 
Wed Aug 25 01:00:07 2010

OCE Solaris Network Admin

I read Paul Sorensen blog : Sun certifications will be renamed next week.

For instance the Sun Certified Network Administrator will be Oracle Certified Expert, Oracle Solaris 10 Network Administrator.

But to get the OCE Solaris title, you need to upgrade your certification […] to receive an Oracle certification title (check more details on the Oracle Certification website here).

I never upgraded my Sun credentials, I am a Solaris 2.6 system admin and Solaris 7 network admin, but this equivalency with OCE surprised me.

There are even two OCM Java certifications : Oracle Certified Master, Java EE 5 Enterprise Architect, originally Sun Certified Enterprise Architect (SCEA) and Oracle Certified Master, Java SE6 Developer, originally Sun Certified Java Developer (SCJD)

Also, since a few months, there is an upgrade to the 9i OCM DBA certification : 11g OCM Upgrade. I hope I can do this one 🙂

Do you know the ORA- nonerrors?

In one of my script, I am checking at the end for any ORA- error. And if I have any ORA- error, I quit with an error.

So far so good.

Also when I run a report from the shell, I do set the sqlplus settings I like and I expect the script to receive the output with no ORA- error at the beginning.

But watch this !

$ echo "set feed off hea off newp none
conn scott/tiger
select * from dual;"|sqlplus /nolog
ORA-28002: the password will expire within 10 days


My password will expire in 10 days. And this screw up my day 🙁

Hardcoding SYSDATE

I see TRUNC(SYSDATE) in the code very often. Is this good or bad?

Over my past two years as a developer, I can tell you it is pretty bad. What does TRUNC(SYSDATE) mean? It is today’s date.

But when does today starts and ends? And at the time of the writing, it is already tomorrow in Thailand.

We could argue about using CURRENT_DATE instead of sysdate, but it does not solve everything. Maybe you want your day to end at 10:30pm and initialize for the next day after some post processing. Maybe you want some components running in different timezones. Maybe you want to rollback and rollforward the date in your test systems…

Also the bad news, if your report hardcodes SYSDATE, kind of SELECT SUM(AMT) FROM T WHERE EXPIRY_DATE>TRUNC(SYSDATE), you will not be able to run it tomorrow in case it fails today.

No, I think that you would better store the date in a table and update it daily.


You may want to consider the performance overhead of reading from a table instead of using the very performant SYSDATE function…

On Express Edition

If you want to start with developing free software on old technology, you can download the Oracle Database Express Edition.

Actually, Oracle 10g is more than 5 years old and it is the only version available as Express Edition, 11g has not been released at the time of the writing, and no patch has been released, not even for the worst bugs or security breaches.

Most probably you will not want to run this for your sensitive data.

If you are serious about Oracle Development, you could download the Enterprise Edition for free, and get the Personal Edition on Oracle Shop for support and patches.

Last Friday 13th August, a news/rumor (not an official announcement) was posted on the opensolaris forum, apparently OpenSolaris has been cancelled in favor of an Oracle Solaris 11 Express. Not sure if it will come in the same format as the database XE, but this does not sound to please the community.

After the Oracle sues Google, it does not make Oracle very popular in the opensource community at the very moment