Environment Variables from database table – Oracle E-Business Suite

Are you running Oracle E-Business Suite (EBS) / Applications and want to get an operating system level environment variable value from a database table, for example for use in PL/SQL? Or perhaps to default a concurrent program parameter? Didn't think environment variables were stored in the database?

Try out out this query that shows you $FND_TOP:

select value
from   fnd_env_context
where  variable_name = 'FND_TOP'
and    concurrent_process_id = 
      ( select max(concurrent_process_id) from fnd_env_context );


Or did you want to find out the Product "TOP" directories e.g the full directory path values from fnd_appl_tops under APPL_TOP?


Job Market

The job market must be getting a little better. In the last weeks I've had three recruiter calls and they actually had jobs to fill.

Upgrading to R12.1.2, Tip #1

While applying patch 7303033 on top of a 12.1.0 R12 installation, I got the following error in one of my workers: FNDLOAD APPS/***** 0 Y UPLOAD @FND:patch/115/import/afscursp.lct @JTF:patch/115/import/US/jtfdiagresp.ldt - Connecting to APPS......Connected successfully. Calling FNDLOAD function. Returned from FNDLOAD function. Log file: /r12u/apps/apps_st/appl/admin/UPG/log/

Oracle EBS Release 12.1 Released: Top 8 New ATG Features

Oracle has announced the availability of Release 12.1, plenty of buzz around on this and Beehive updates.

Update: Oracle Application Management / Change Management Pack 3.0 also released! See Patch 8333939

Let's take a look at the Top Eight R12.1 new ATG (Applications Technology) features from my perspective.

  1. Out of the box Techstack Upgrades. New R12.1.1 installations are Database, Java 6, Application Server (Java/OAF)/JDeveloper Runtime, Application Server (Forms/Reports)
  2. OAF: Record History. R12.1.1 OAF allows viewing Row/Blame or Row/Who information similar (more...)

Search Engine Plugins for Firefox to get directly to specific Oracle Patches, Metalink Notes, Bugs

Revisited again 30-NOV-2010: Following the ARU change I've updated the Patch search engine (file orapatch.xml)

Update: The Note and Bug search engines (files oranote.xml and orabug.xml) have been updated post upgrade to My Oracle Support (MOS).

Navigating directly to a specific Oracle Patch, Metalink Note or Bug is a bit of a chore. Not to mention Metalink / My Oracle Support (MOS) could do with a mobile interface to speed things up & sidestep that Flash! Cut'n'pasting from my text file with the URL templates was getting tedious. So with inspiration from Eddie Awad's posts, I've (more...)

Don’t Cramp My (SQL) Style … Musings from an Oracle DBA

This post was inspired by a Twitter thread that took place on October 31st between myself, @oraclenerd, @dtseiler (maybe I only included Don for his tongue in cheek, playground banter), and @surfsearcher :
@oraclenerd: "besides commas at the start of a line (sql, plsql), I also hate mixed case sql and plsql"

@oraclenerd: "@piontekdd come on! it's just plain ugly...besides, I've gotta have have at least a little something to bitch about now and again. :) "

@piontekdd: "@oraclenerd life is too short to get upset about personal style :)"