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Oracle8i Server User's Guide
Release 3 (8.1.7) for Fujitsu Siemens Computers BS2000/OSD

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Preface

This manual, in conjunction with the Oracle8i Server for Fujitsu Siemens Computers BS2000/OSD Installation and Database Administration Guide, forms the system-specific component of a set of manuals which document installation, maintenance and use of the Oracle Server release 8.1.7.

This manual is intended for users of the Oracle Server running under the BS2000/OSD operating system, and for those who provide support to these users. Those responsible for the installing and/or administering the Oracle Server should also refer to the information contained in the Oracle8i Server for Fujitsu Siemens Computers BS2000/OSD Installation and Database Administration Guide.

General information about the Oracle Server for all operating systems is contained in the Oracle Server documentation set.

Using Oracle Server Documentation

The Oracle Server products that run under BS2000/OSD are identical, in the way in which they are supported, to the Oracle Server products that run under any other operating system. However, because of the diversity of operating systems, the use of applications may differ slightly between different operating systems. As a result of this, Oracle Corporation provides two types of documentation:

Type Meaning/Usage

Generic

This is the primary Oracle Server documentation, which describes how the product works and how it is used. Use this type of documentation to learn about the product functions and how you use any Oracle Server product or utility.

System Specific

This documentation provides the information required to use the product under a specific operating system. Use this type of documentation to determine whether there are any system-specific deviations from the generic documentation.

This manual is written for users of Oracle8i Release 3 for BS2000/OSD, providing them with BS2000/OSD-specific information on using Oracle Server products. It does not describe how to use a product unless its use is different from that described in the generic documentation. System Programmers and Database Administrators responsible for installing and/or administering the Oracle Server should read this manual as well as the Oracle8i Server for Fujitsu Siemens Computers BS2000/OSD Installation and Database Administration Guide. There are places where the information in both of these manuals overlaps, and is presented differently depending on the targeted audience.

The reader is assumed to have a fundamental knowledge of BS2000/OSD. No attempt is made to document features of BS2000/OSD, except as they affect or are affected by the Oracle8i Release 3 Server.

How this Manual is Organized

1. Getting Started
This chapter provides you with the information you need before you begin to use Oracle8i Release 3 for BS2000/OSD.

2. Oracle Server Utilities
This chapter supplements the Oracle8i Utilities manual with BS2000/OSD-specific information on how to use the utilities SQL*Loader, Import and Export.

3. SQL*Plus
This chapter supplements the generic SQL*Plus documentation with BS2000/OSD-specific information on how to use SQL*Plus.

4. PL/SQL
This chapter supplements the generic PL/SQL documentation with the BS2000/OSD-specific information on how to use PL/SQL.

5. Programmatic Interfaces
This chapter provides BS2000/OSD-specific information to supplement the Programmer's Guide to the Oracle Call Interfaces and the Programmers' Guide to the Oracle Precompilers with information on the Oracle Call Interfaces and the Oracle8i Release 3 precompilers Pro*C and Pro*COBOL and the Object Type Translator OTT.

6. Using the Oracle Server under openUTM
This chapter describes the Oracle Server-specific points that you should take into consideration when using Oracle8i Release 3 for BS2000/OSD under openUTM.

7. National Language Support
This chapter discusses National Language Support under BS2000/OSD.

Appendix A. Oracle Messages
This chapter contains a list of the BS2000/OSD-specific messages that may be displayed, along with possible causes and suggested actions.

Appendix B. ORAENV Variables
This chapter describes the variables in the environment definition file.

Conventions Used in this Manual

Conventions used in this manual differ somewhat from those used in other Oracle Corporation documentation. The following conventions are observed in this manual.

Prompts

In this manual, the characters "/" and "*" are often used to indicate the prompt character. You do not type these characters.

Several examples show SQL statements or SQL*Plus commands entered from the SQL*Plus environment. In those examples, you enter your command in response to the SQL*Plus prompt, which is:

SQL> 
Filenames

Filenames appear in boldface uppercase, as in INIT.ORA.

Procedures

Procedure names appear in boldface uppercase when embedded in the text. For example, INSTALL.P.SUPER.

Variables

Environment variable names are in uppercase. For example, ORAUID.

Key Names

Key names appear in capital letters, and are enclosed in square brackets as in [RETURN].

Command Syntax
Item Syntax

Commands

This font identifies text which must be entered exactly as shown:

set echo off

Variables

Variables appear in italics. Substitute an appropriate value, for example:

arg1

Required items

Required items are enclosed in curly braces { } . You must choose one of the alternatives.

DEFINE { macro1 | macro2 }

Optional items

Optional items are enclosed in square brackets [ ].

[options] formname [userid/password]

Repetitive items

An ellipsis, ... represents an arbitrary number of similar items.

CHKVAL fieldname value1 value2... valueN

Punctuation

The following symbols should always be entered as they appear in the command format:

Name Symbol

period

.

comma

,

hyphen

-

semicolon

;

colon

:

equal sign

=

single quote

'

double quote

"

number sign

#

parentheses

()

ampersand

&

back slash

\

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