Log Buffer #444: a carnival of the vanities for DBAs

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This Log Buffer Edition covers some blog posts of Oracle, SQL Server and MySQL from this past week.


  • Oracle Utilities Application Framework V4. includes a new help engine and changes to the organization of help.
  • Very simple oracle package for HTTPS and HTTP.
  • Tim spotted a problem with the PDB Logging Clause.
  • How to Pass Arguments to OS Shell Script from Oracle Database.

SQL Server:

  • How efficient is your covered index?
  • Storing Passwords in a Secure Way in a SQL Server Database.
  • There is plenty that is novel and perhaps foreign to a new R user, but it’s no reason to abandon your hard-earned SQL skills.
  • SSIS Design Pattern – Staging Fixed Width Flat Files.
  • Shorten Audits, Tighten Security with Minion Enterprise.


  • Confusion and problems with lost+found directory in MySQL/Galera cluster configuration.
  • Simplifying Docker Interactions with BASH Aliases.
  • Getting started MySQL Group Replication on Ubuntu with MySQL Sandbox.
  • MySQL lost “AUTO_INCREMENT” after a long time.
  • Using Apache Spark and MySQL for Data Analysis.


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I have been in love with Oracle blogging since 2007. This blogging, coupled with extensive participation in Oracle forums, plus Oracle related speaking engagements, various Oracle certifications, teaching, and working in the trenches with Oracle technologies has enabled me to receive the Oracle ACE award. I was the first ever Pakistani to get that award. From Oracle Open World SF to Foresight 20:20 Perth. I have been expressing my love for Exadata. For the last few years, I am loving the data at Pythian, and proudly writing their log buffer carnivals.

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