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J. David Blackstone has a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science and Engineering and nine years of experience at a wireless telecommunications company, where he learned Perl and never looked back. J. David has an advantage in that he works really hard, he has a passion for writing good software, and he knows many of the world's best Perl programmers.

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Friday March 25, 2005
03:32 PM

Oracle gem of the day: (error codes)

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Look up any Oracle error code at For all the good it will do you. :) (splain it ain't).

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  • IIRC, Oracle was shipped with an utility called oerr or something, which would serve the same purpose...
  • I was shocked and horrified back in 1998 when I used Oracle and it spewed out a numbered error code that I had to manually look up, even just with a program. I mean, what is this, 1968? The most advanced and expensive database in the world and they can't translate their error codes into human readable strings before spitting it out to the user?

    FWIW I think there *is* some way to configure Oracle to use human readable error codes... but just the thought that this is STILL not the default let alone that it
    • Well, it spits out the error code and a human readable string. But there are an enormous number of times when the string appears to have nothing to do with the actual problem. (Like some of the obscure parsing errors perl occasionally spits out, but perl is much better at detecting what actually went wrong and telling you.) This site provides a minimal bit of extra assistance in figuring out what one of these errors means.

      Even still, I had a lot of trouble with figuring out what the particular error I

      J. David works really hard, has a passion for writing good software, and knows many of the world's best Perl programmers