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Oracle Internet Directory Application Developer's Guide
Release 9.2

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Oracle Internet Directory Application Developer's Guide provides information for enabling applications to access Oracle Internet Directory by using the C API and the PL/SQL API.

This preface contains these topics:


Oracle Internet Directory Application Developer's Guide is for application developers who wish to enable applications to store and update directory information in an Oracle Internet Directory server. It is also intended for anyone who wants to know how the Oracle Internet Directory C API, PL/SQL API, Java API, and Oracle extesnions work.


Chapter 1, "Introduction"

Briefly describes the intended audience and components of Oracle Internet Directory Software Developer's Kit Release 9.2. It also lists the other components of Oracle Internet Directory and the platforms it supports.

Chapter 2, "Concepts"

This chapter provides a brief overview of all of the major operations available in the C API and the PL/SQL API. It provides developers a general understanding of Lightweight Directory Access Protocol (LDAP) from a perspective independent of the API.

Chapter 3, "C API for Oracle Internet Directory"

Introduces the Oracle Internet Directory API and provides examples of how to use it

Chapter 4, "The DBMS_LDAP PL/SQL Package"

Introduces the PL/SQL API, which is contained in a PL/SQL package called DBMS_LDAP. It also contains examples of how to use it.

Chapter 5, "Overview of Oracle Extensions"

This chapter explains how to directory-enable your applications.

Chapter 6, "Java API for Oracle Internet Directory"

This chapter contains reference material for the Java API for Oracle Internet Directory.

Chapter 7, "The DBMS_LDAP_UTL PL/SQL Package"

This chapter introduces the DBMS_LDAP_UTL Package, which contains Oracle Extension utility functions.

Chapter 8, "Developing Provisioning-Integrated Applications"

This chapter explains how to develop applications that can use the Oracle Directory Provisioning Integration Service in the Oracle Directory Integration Platform. These applications can be either legacy or third-party applications that are based on the Oracle platform.

Chapter 9, "Oracle Internet Directory Server Plug-in Framework"

This chapter explains how to use the plug-in framework for the Oracle Internet Directory server to facilitate custom development.

Appendix A, "Command-Line Tools Syntax"

Provides syntax, usage notes, and examples for using LDAP Data Interchange Format (LDIF) and LDAP command line tools

Appendix B, "Sample Usage"

This appendix provides sample code.


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When you specify this clause, you create an index-organized table.


Italic typeface indicates book titles or emphasis.

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Ensure that the recovery catalog and target database do not reside on the same disk.

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You can specify this clause only for a NUMBER column.

You can back up the database by using the BACKUP command.

Query the TABLE_NAME column in the USER_TABLES data dictionary view.


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Lowercase monospace typeface indicates executables, filenames, directory names, and sample user-supplied elements. Such elements include computer and database names, net service names, and connect identifiers, as well as user-supplied database objects and structures, column names, packages and classes, usernames and roles, program units, and parameter values.

Note: Some programmatic elements use a mixture of UPPERCASE and lowercase. Enter these elements as shown.

Enter sqlplus to open SQL*Plus.

The password is specified in the orapwd file.

Back up the datafiles and control files in the /disk1/oracle/dbs directory.

The department_id, department_name, and location_id columns are in the hr.departments table.

Set the QUERY_REWRITE_ENABLED initialization parameter to true.

Connect as oe user.

The JRepUtil class implements these methods.

lowercase monospace (fixed-width font) italic

Lowercase monospace italic font represents placeholders or variables.

You can specify the parallel_clause.

Run Uold_release.SQL where old_release refers to the release you installed prior to upgrading.

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SELECT username FROM dba_users WHERE username = 'MIGRATE';

The following table describes typographic conventions used in code examples and provides examples of their use.

Convention Meaning Example

[ ]

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DECIMAL (digits [ , precision ])

{ }

Braces enclose two or more items, one of which is required. Do not enter the braces.



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Horizontal ellipsis points indicate either:

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CREATE TABLE ... AS subquery;

SELECT col1, col2, ... , coln FROM employees;




Vertical ellipsis points indicate that we have omitted several lines of code not directly related to the example.

Other notation

You must enter symbols other than brackets, braces, vertical bars, and ellipsis points as shown.

acctbal NUMBER(11,2);

acct CONSTANT NUMBER(4) := 3;


Italicized text indicates placeholders or variables for which you must supply particular values.

CONNECT SYSTEM/system_password

DB_NAME = database_name


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DROP TABLE hr.employees;


Lowercase typeface indicates programmatic elements that you supply. For example, lowercase indicates names of tables, columns, or files.

Note: Some programmatic elements use a mixture of UPPERCASE and lowercase. Enter these elements as shown.

SELECT last_name, employee_id FROM employees;

sqlplus hr/hr


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