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Oracle9i Database Documentation Readme

This document contains the following topics:

Welcome to the Oracle9i Database Documentation

This CD contains the database documentation for Oracle9i, Release 2 ( You can find installation guides and similar documentation on the corresponding product CD. The documentation is available in HTML and PDF formats.

The CD uses a Rock Ridge/Joliet/ISO-9660 hybrid format, which should be readable by any computer that supports any one of these standards.

Starting with Oracle9i, the database documentation CD includes an HTML search feature to help you find information more quickly. To learn how to use this search feature, click the Help link on the top-level index.htm page.

For information about new features in Oracle9i, refer to the online manual Oracle9i Database New Features.

Viewing Documentation

To view the documentation from the CD or local installation, follow these steps:

  1. Open the top-level index.htm file with your favorite Web browser.
  2. From there, go to the list of books, the master index, or search the documentation. Click Help if necessary.


    In order to use the dynamic features of the documentation library, including the search and virtual book features, you must have an account with the Oracle Technology Network and an Internet connection. You can get a free OTN account from

Viewing PDF Documentation

View the PDF documentation without a Web browser by opening the top level booklist.pdf with your PDF viewer. The file contains a list of documents available on the CD, and each title that has a PDF version is a hyperlink to the document.

Searching the PDF Documentation

You can search the PDF documentation using the Adobe Acrobat Search function. PDF searching allows you to scan through all the PDF files on the CD at once. Finding, on the other hand, is slower and allows you to scan through only one document at a time. Before you can search the documentation, you need to add the PDF index for the CD to your Available Indexes. Click Tools > Search > Indexes, click Add, then add index.pdx. Click Tools > Search > Query to search the documentation.

Tool Requirements for Viewing Documentation

You can install the documentation on your local system, or you can read the files directly from the CD without installing them. You need one of the tools listed in Table 1 to view the documentation.

Table 1 Minimum Tools Requirements for Viewing Documentation
On-Line Format Requires

HTML viewing

Any modern Web browser

PDF viewing

Adobe Acrobat 4 or later
Adobe Acrobat Reader 4 or later
Adobe Acrobat Reader+Search 4 or later

The HTML search facility uses JavaScript, and has been designed to work in Netscape Navigator 3 or later and Microsoft Internet Explorer 3 or later.

Acrobat Reader is available as a free download from the Adobe Web site:

Installing Documentation

You can view the documentation directly from the CD, or you can copy it to your local system. Use your operating system's commands to copy the contents to the appropriate directory on your system. The entry point for each HTML manual is toc.htm.

Ordering Hard Copy Documentation or CDs

To order printed documentation or additional copies of this CD, visit the online Oracle Store at

Differences Between Documentation Formats

As a result of publishing deadlines, the online versions of manuals in this library may contain updates or corrections that are not included in the printed books. Additionally, the HTML version of a manual may contain minor updates or corrections that do not appear in the PDF version.

Finding Other Oracle Documentation

This documentation library does not include installation guides and similar documentation. You can find those manuals on the appropriate product CD. You can also find installation guides and other manuals on the Oracle documentation Web sites.

Contacting Oracle Support Services

If you need to contact Oracle Support Services, visit Oracle Support Services:

Sending Comments

If you have questions or comments about this CD, e-mail your feedback to


The e-mail address is only for documentation feedback. If your question pertains to software installation or software problems, contact Oracle Support Services.

If you have comments about the content of a particular book, then use the e-mail address provided on the reader comment form in that book. Follow the Send Us Your Comments link from the table of contents to reach the reader comment form. Each documentation HTML file also includes a feedback link at the top and bottom of each page. The link takes you to a page that provides answers to common questions and identifies the feedback e-mail addresses.

Documentation Accessibility

Our goal is to make Oracle products, services, and supporting documentation accessible, with good usability, to the disabled community. To that end, our documentation includes features that make information available to users of assistive technology. Our HTML-format documentation contains markup to facilitate access by the disabled community. Standards will continue to evolve over time, and Oracle Corporation is actively engaged with other market-leading technology vendors to address technical obstacles so that our documentation can be accessible to all of our customers. For additional information, visit the Oracle Accessibility Program Web site at

Accessibility of Code Examples in Documentation

JAWS, a Windows screen reader, may not always correctly read the code examples in this document. The conventions for writing code require that closing braces should appear on an otherwise empty line; however, JAWS may not always read a line of text that consists solely of a bracket or brace.

Accessibility of Links to External Web Sites in Documentation

This documentation may contain links to Web sites of other companies or organizations that Oracle Corporation does not own or control. Oracle Corporation neither evaluates nor makes any representations regarding the accessibility of these Web sites.