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Weblogic 12c | forms & reports 12c | Oracle database 12c

Update: I’m terribly sorry for the spellos starting with the title itself! No level of frustration with a product justify such mistakes ;)

Hi guys

Let me start the topic with a bold question, how many out there STILL believe that Oracle will do that “something” which will give the confidence to the existing Oracle developers that, there is a career growth still attached with Oracle forms & reports?

Oracle has totally lost (my personal opinion) it with Forms and reports, minimum from a developer’s perspectives. They made the installation and configuring of a development environment as complex as possible starting with 9i, which successfully continued with later versions. I’m a person with multi-domain oriented experiences those are not less than 15 years. I never found another IDE having such complexities to setup in a developer’s computer, as much with Oracle developer 11g and later.

In short, if a beginner wants to learn Oracle forms and reports development, he/she needs to spend hours, many times days until the environment could be set, which has become gravely disappointing with Oracle forms & reports 12c. While they have introduced a stand alone Forms installation that obviously could be installed without much troubles, setting up a whole infrastructure to develop, test forms and reports are far beyond ridiculousness!

I have just finished with my 1st WebLogic 12c setup and very soon post a detailed how to towards setting up something that doesn’t worth your efforts!


Stay tuned folks!

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R12 | Clone response file | adcfgclone automation

Hi guys

If you are familiar with R12 cloning, the entire process requires loads of input from a DBA before the cloning really starts kicking in. Now, there could be hundreds of reasons for the cloning process to fail and keeping on entering the responses for the cloning prompts are NOT at all fun, minimum for me.

So I started searching for “R12 clone response file” & google landed me in this post

Excellent way Hussein Sawwan-Oracle has explained how to create the response files for both db, apps tier.


First of all, context file to response file creation has a validation flag, which confirms the responses provided are valid throughout the response collection. This validate has a downside with the port pool selection. You will receive a port is not free error while the Oracle application is online, for which a system reboot is most recommended (rather than selecting “No” for the validation process”) after graceful shutdown of both application and database tiers.

I’m using .bash_profile files to source the environment for both my Oracle (oraprod) and Application Manager (applprod) accounts, hence I was able to shorten the efforts like following

As Oracle user (oraprod)

# cd $ORACLE_HOME/appsutil/clone/bin
# perl adclonectx.pl contextfile=$CONTEXT_FILE outfile=/u02/db.xml

Provided the responses and the db.xml was successfully created under /u02 and the context file creation log was created under /u02/log folder.

Please make sure you do “echo $CONTEXT_FILE” to check whether you $CONTEXT_FILE returns a meaningful file name!

As Application Manager user (applprod)

# cd $COMMON_TOP/clone/bin
# perl adclonectx.pl contextfile=$CONTEXT_FILE outfile=/u02/appl.xml

Now you should able to run the cloning processes using the newly cloned context files, for example

# perl adcfgclone.pl dbTier /u02/db.xml
# perl adcfgclone.pl appsTier /u02/appl.xml

That’s all folks, it works like a charm & you are NOT anymore typing in whole those lengthy paths and other variables :)



RC-50004, AC-00005: No write permissions for creating the Context file – /tmp/temp.xml

Hi guys

Linux file/folder permissions could be very confusing for a beginner, minimum for me! After these many years of interacting with Linux I still get confused deciding what rights should be given to users or groups on certain folders :)

I came across a situation where the application tier cloning was continuously failing with the title error

RC-50004, AC-00005: No write permissions for creating the Context file – /tmp/temp.xml ?

I checked the for the /tmp folder permissions and realized the application user (applmgr/appltest) had proper right permissions on /tmp folder, yet the adcfgclone will not proceed after

[code language=”text”]

Do you want to preserve the Display [erp-prod:0.0] (y/n) ? : n

Target System Display [erp-prodbak:0.0] :
RC-50004: Error occurred in CloneContext:
AC-00005: No write permissions for creating the Context file – /tmp/temp.xml
Raised by oracle.apps.ad.context.AppsContext
Check Clone Context logfile /u01/applprod/PROD/apps/apps_st/comn/clone/bin/CloneContext_1208121418.log for details.


After few attempts I came against another blog, that was explaining the situation in a different way. http://newgendba.blogspot.com/2009/08/how-to-quick-solve-this-post-clone.html

Blogger has suggested to check whether temp.xml created by another user exist in the /tmp folder, which was the actual reason in my case. I found temp.xml file created by “root” and deleted the same and cloning process just went all the way fine.


Hope this info helps few of those once in a bluemoon DBAs out there :)