Kornshell function declarations

Over the years I have seen and maintained many kornshell scripts written by DBAs, and there are a number of programming styles that provoke strong reactions on who is doing it the "right" way. In this article, I will explain the different ways in which functions can be defined in Kornshell and explain why I personally prefer one method over another.

Scripting: Is the DB DataGuarded?

Whilst developing some administrative functions within PL/SQL I needed to know whether the database that the code was being run in was part of an Oracle DataGuard setup, which you would think would be a trivial exercise. My first thought was that we could determine this via v$database. If the DATABASE_ROLE column in v$database contains STANDBY then we know... Continue Reading →

Continue SCP’ing file(s) after log out

The unix command scp is very useful for transferring files between two hosts over a secure connection, but sometimes you need to kick off an scp command that will take several hours to complete and you want to disconnect and go home. Using "screen" One approach is to use the screen command (available only on linux AFAIK) to start the initial transfer, then... Continue Reading →

Starting a Batch (DOS) file minimized

In my article How to backup your Evernote notes regularly I supplied a windows batch file that could be used with the Windows Scheduler to automatically backup your Evernote Notes. In use, however, it soon becomes annoying that the scheduler launches a DOS window to run the script right in the middle of the screen. This article documents the technique for running a batch file minimized to the taskbar.

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