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Oracle9i Database Certified Configuration Installation Guide
Release 2 ( for Solaris Operating Environment (SPARC 64-bit)
Part No. B12103-02
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Use this guide to install and configure Oracle9i Database Certified Configuration. It is assumed that readers of this guide are well versed with Oracle technical terms, have technical experience, and are proficient in the tools and applications described in this guide.

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Convention Description
bold Bold type indicates buttons in windows and screens.
monospace Monospace type indicates UNIX commands, directory names, user names, and file names.
italics Italic type indicates a variable, including variable portions of file names. It is also used for emphasis and book titles.
UPPERCASE Uppercase letters indicate Structured Query Language (SQL) reserved words, initialization parameters, and environment variables.

Command Syntax

UNIX command syntax appears in monospace font and assumes the use of the Bourne shell. The "$" character at the beginning of UNIX command examples is the default UNIX command prompt. Do not enter it as part of the command.

Convention Description
backslash \ A backslash indicates a command that is too long to fit on a single line. Enter the line as displayed (with a backslash) or enter it on a single line without a backslash:
dd if=/dev/rdsk/c0t1d0s6 of=/dev/rst0 bs=10b \ 
braces { } Braces indicate required items: .DEFINE {macro1}
brackets [ ] Brackets indicate optional items: cvtcrt termname [outfile]
ellipses ... Ellipses indicate an arbitrary number of similar items: CHKVAL fieldname value1 value2 ... valueN
italics Italic type indicates a variable. Substitute a value for the variable: library_name
vertical line | A vertical line indicates a choice within braces or brackets: SIZE filesize [K|M]

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