1. Sorry to ask questions which may have been asked a dozen
times already. If they are already answered, please point me to
an appropriate FAQ.
2. We are new bees to the IBM RS/6000 AIX and ORACLE game. We
have recently taken delivery of several IBM RS/6000 Model 530H
machines around the country with AIX version 3.1.5 implemented.
We also have installed ORACLE version 22.214.171.124.1 for AIX, as well
as ORACLE SQLFORMS & TOOLS version 126.96.36.199.
3. Like many Department of Defense activities, we have a systems
integrator providing all of the hardware and systems software for
us. Thus we don't always deal directly with IBM or ORACLE.
4. When we first received the IBM RS/6000 Model 530H hardware, I
was upset because the machines were delivered with AIX version
3.1.5. I had been following "comp.unix.aix" so I was well aware
of the fact that AIX Version 3.2 was being shipped several weeks
before our order for hardware was processed. I complained quite
loudly to the systems integrator and also to our IBM point of
contact. IBM was pretty responsive, at least to me, and bypassed
the systems integrator and delivered to me a copy of AIX version
3.2 for a machine in my office. However, liaison with our
different field activities around the country indicated that as
of two weeks ago, they still had not yet received AIX version
5. I again pressed the question with the systems integrator as
to why they had not yet installed AIX version 3.2 in our 530Hs.
Their response was that ORACLE for IBM RS/6000 AIX does not
function with AIX version 3.2, and that it only functions with
AIX version 3.1.5. They claim to be aggressively working the
problem with ORACLE Corporation.
6. We are also employing the Texas Instruments Information
Engineering Facility (TI IEF) Integrated - Computer Aided
Software Engineering (I-CASE) tool, and are very anxious to move
up to TI IEF release 5.0 for IBM RS/6000 AIX immediately. TI IEF
Release 5.0 works in conjunction with ORACLE and expects AIX
version 3.2 to be loaded. So we have a critical path software
engineering problem which dictates we move to AIX version 3.2
soonest. We want to move to AIX version 3.2 as quickly as
possible anyway, if for no other reason than to fix the context
switch problems associated with AIX version 3.1.5 and to keep
current with IBM's latest.
7. My questions to the universe are as follows.
a. Has anybody else found that AIX version 3.2 is
incompatible with ORACLE version 188.8.131.52.1 for AIX, as well as
ORACLE SQLFORMS & TOOLS version 184.108.40.206 for AIX?
b. Are we working with the latest release of ORACLE,
SQLFORMS & TOOLS for IBM RS/6000 AIX?
c. Has a separate ORACLE newsgroup been established on the
internet? Several months ago, a successful vote was tallied in
"comp.databases" for formation of an ORACLE newsgroup, but I
never saw formal announcement that it had commenced.
d. When is ORACLE version 7.0 for IBM RS/6000 AIX due to be
8. Any help or advice you could render would be greatly
appreciated. Please direct your responses to
CDR Stephen M. Carr, SC, USN
Naval Air Systems Command (AIR-4114A)
Washington, DC 20361-4110
703-692-5661, 703-692-5690, 703-746-0696, 703-746-0842