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All the Perl that's Practical to Extract and Report

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  • Here's what I've found, so far (havent tried any of this on 9i, so no idea if things are different)

    Java: nice.. if you like coding java, this is by far the easiest method to do things.. but of course, its err... java (does my bias show yet ?), and Oracle only allows you to use a weird JVM called Aurora (not the standard JVM by Sun), so you may find some class libraries arent there.. Compatibility is with 1.1.8, I think)

    Shared library: compile the C equivalent of what you want done into a shared object (or DLL in the windows world), define an external procedure in PL/SQL and you're all set. Requires a lot more setting up than the Java stored procedure route, but if your databases are installed without the jvm (mine are, by default), this is the only route left available at times..

    If its generating a file or something trivial like that, you can try UTL_FILE or something PL/SQL-ish..

    I havent tried the DBMS_PIPE option, so no idea how that works..