I've decided the world needs a DBA Horror Stories web page. So I need some
horror stories. Send your stories to:
All submissions will be anonymized, unless you specifically ask for public
attribution. Apologies to anyone seeing this message more than once, I
don't know _what_ is with compuserve and newsgroup postings. Must be a
sysadmin horror story... so don't reply to this message, send it explicitly
to my cserve address. I reserve the right to make final judgement on
everything. That's an underscore between joel and garry, for those with
strange newsreaders and stranger ideas about email addresses. I will announce
if and when this page ever comes off.
So come on! Ever make a really stupid mistake? Fess up! Ever have a dba
make BOFH look nice? Ever have management think "Administrator" means "Data
Entry Clerk?" Get paged out of a hot date because someone forgot a "commit?"
Blown a production system with one mistyped character? Seen some really strange
hardware problems? Seen some psychotic consultant take control of managements
brains? Have a macho programmer not believe Oracle is more complicated than
DBase III? Get backup files confused during a restore? This is your big
opportunity for catharsis!
These opinions are my own and not necessarily those of Information Quest