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Unix for Oracle DBAs Pocket Reference [Paperback]

Donald K. Burleson
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11 Feb 2001

The Unix for Oracle DBAs Pocket Reference puts within easy reach the commands that Oracle database administrators need most when operating in a Unix environment. If you are an Oracle DBA moving to Unix from another environment such as Windows NT or IBM Mainframe, you know that these commands are far different from those covered in most beginning Unix books. To jump start your learning process, Don Burleson has gathered together in this succinct book the Unix commands he most often uses when managing Oracle databases. You'll be able to reach into your pocket for the answer when you need to know how to:

  • Display all Unix components related to Oracle, identify the top CPU consumers on your server, and even kill processes when necessary
  • Stack Unix commands into powerful scripts that can perform vital DBA functions
  • Monitor Unix filesystems, and automatically manage your trace files, dump files, and archived redo log files
  • Use essential server monitoring commands such as top, sar, and vmstat
And there's much more between these covers. If you need to get up to speed with Oracle on Unix, and quickly, this book is for you.

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  • Paperback: 112 pages
  • Publisher: O'Reilly Media; 1 edition (11 Feb 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9780596000660
  • ISBN-13: 978-0596000660
  • ASIN: 0596000669
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 11.3 x 17.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 499,802 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Unix for Oracle DBAs Pocket Reference has a remarkably tight focus. It's about making Oracle database management systems run optimally under various Unix operating systems, including HP-UX, Sun Solaris and IBM AIX (there's also some specialised coverage of IRIX and DEC Unix). Author Donald Burleson assumes readers know how to get around the Unix command shell and that they're quite familiar with Oracle database administration. To put it simply, to get the most out of this book, you should already know what you want to do, and need only to be told concisely how to do it. This book is ideal for people moving from Oracle administration under Windows to the same job under Unix.

As a by-product of its careful focus, the book is tiny. It almost fits in a shirt pocket, and is about as thick as a standard pencil. A typical entry documents a single command (there are separate entries for different operating systems when commands differ), and includes a bit of text followed by the relevant command and a listing of typical output. Utility scripts with Oracle relevance are listed with minimal comment. This isn't traditional man-page-style Unix documentation but rather advice on how to accomplish various Oracle goals inside Unix. Most readers will likely turn first to the index to find the entries that they need. --David Wall

Topics covered:

  • Making Oracle database management systems run well under HP-UX, Sun Solaris, IBM AIX, IRIX and DEC Unix
  • Ways of examining and adjusting Oracle's use of processes, memory, processor cycles, files, disk resources and other aspects of the Unix system
  • Information is presented as recipes, in type-this-to-do-that format.

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If you are an Oracle DBA moving to Unix from another environment such as Windows NT or IBM Mainframe, you know that the commands you need to learn are far different from those covered in most beginning Unix books. In this handy pocket-sized book, Don Burleson introduces those Unix commands that you as an Oracle DBA most need to know.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Book 29 Mar 2001
Format:Paperback
The book I thought was great, I am new to Oracle on Unix and although I have been carrying some tasks this book had several easier ways on competing the tasks. Also it gave an insight to shell programming including Oracle commands. I feel for the small price it is I would recommended the book. I found it excellent
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A must-have for DBAs on Unix 14 Dec 2001
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Format:Paperback
A truly wonderful book for all DBAs working on Unix and a very handy reference. It is written in a very lucid and simple style and the presentation is excellent. Although not a training manual on Unix, the book hands out a concise but very good treatment on all the aspects of Unix functionalities DBAs should be conversant with.....a real keeper !!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Recommended Initial Support Reference Manual 28 Dec 2012
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Very Concise and well written for the Oracle DBA's not used to UNIX/LINUX platforms. Ideal for scoping 'root cause' events. Unfortunately lacks some revision in the light of contemporary developments with Oracle
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A useful UNIX scripts compilation 23 April 2001
By Vinicio Valencia - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
I found this book useful to write UNIX scripts for Oracle DBA tasks, specially performance tuning. The entire book is filled of 'tricks' (like how to kill a oracle user-process in unix,etc) some of them not very useful. I expect to find some more practical examples on backup (unix-generic oracle backup scripts), oracle architecture on unix, net8, oracle installation, utilities like export (I mean, why don't show an example of how to use UNIX pipe when you make an export file greater than 2gb?), etc. Also, it lacks of explanation about UNIX admin commands critical for any Oracle DBA who in almost one situation has to be the UNIX system administrator, like booting, file system administration, etc. I mean some generic examples could be enough. Needs to be improved.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Critically important for the UNIX Oracle DBA 5 Mar 2001
By Jame Gaston - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
This book is loaded with the information needed by the DBA in the UNIX environment. There are many scripts with description of the commands and what they are doing. I like the way commands, used on other UNIX platforms (Solaris, AIX, HP-UX, etc), are included. I am delighted this book provided commands that are new to me, and provide critical information that was previously unavailable.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good for HP-UX and AIX 23 April 2002
By Webspinman - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Not so good for those using Solaris as many Solaris
server monitoring, management and logs commands
are missing. This is surprising since after putting
in so much effort, it would have been trivial to find
out the corresponding commands in Solaris.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book - comes thru every time 8 Feb 2002
By elias g gorsky - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Originally being an NT oracle dba, this book time and again gives just what I need know for the Unix environment. After using the book for a year, now (it just saved me again), I just want others to know this book is worth it.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding UNIX book for the DBA 22 Feb 2001
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
This book is great for understanding how to write UNIX scripts for managing Oracle in UNIX. Many of the scripts are easy to run, and there are excellent examples to show how to write customized UNIX sctipts. This book really simplifies UNIX and concentrates on the UNIX that I need to know as the DBA. It is easy to read and a very useful reference book.
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