Nov 092011

I’ve installed a basic Oracle server in a VirtualBox image, following the guide on their site and a bunch of other guides, without prior knowledge about the process. This is a basic setup, using CentOS 6, minimal install. The idea is to bring it to a working state, operating system all set up, so that the database administrator can take over without having to worry about changing things outside the Oracle environment. What follows is the steps I took, so I don’t have to spend a few days again searching.

0. System prerequisites
1. Software packages
2. Kernel parameters
3. User and shell limits
4. Install directories
5. Run the installer
6. Post-install

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Nov 082011

To be notified of new mail with a systray icon one can use mail-notification from ports. It doesn’t integrate with the mail client, instead it’s a separate application that checks the accounts you set up in it for new mail and displays a notification in systray and a popup with From/To/Subject. Clicking on it opens the email client.

When it’s started it’ll display the properties page if it wasn’t set up before, if it has at least one account set up it won’t display anything unless you got new mail. In order to see the properties page again either right click on systray icon or do

in a terminal and you’ll be able to change the settings or add a new account.

To see all the options,

If there’s an error when starting it, saying something like

send SIGHUP to gconfd or gconfd-2. Example:

Start as

in Gnome, otherwise it doesn’t work properly. It might already be set up like that in Startup Applications.