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Chapter 9. Installing the PDBA Toolkit > Introducing the PDBA Toolkit

9.1. Introducing the PDBA Toolkit

Your authors have been Oracle DBAs for many years. Over that time we've encountered our share of frustration with database problems and inadequate tools. We've also ended up writing literally thousands of ad hoc scripts to diagnose and fix problems on the fly. We've checked database connectivity, monitored the Oracle alert log, wrestled with password management, rebuilt indexes, and endured the drudgery of creating thousands of user accounts. We've used many programming languages and applications. Some we've loved and others we've hated. Some did the trick, but at a huge cost in money and complexity. Then we discovered Perl and realized how helpful it could be in developing those quick scripts so essential to an Oracle database administrator. Perl — and the modules that connect it to Oracle — gave us the keys to the kingdom!

The Perl DBA Toolkit is our own ongoing open source contribution to the world of Perl and Oracle. We have pooled our own script libraries and modules in order to build a cohesive Perl tool library for you to use in performing Oracle database administration tasks. Many of the scripts included here are integrated versions of those we've used on a regular basis in our DBA activities over the years. Others have been on our wish lists for a very long time, and this book has finally inspired us to transfer these wishes into reality.


  

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