- I was wondering if there was a way to get the C librabries and headers from the Oracle webstite, or do I need to get them off the cd.
You will want to get them off the CD.
- How would I make a script? Is making a script like writing a program?
Perl is a programming language. Thus, making a Perl script is programming in Perl. I would strongly urge you to read Learning Perl, which you can find at any bookstore.
- Where do I locate tnsnames.ora and in what way do i change it?
tnsnames.ora is an Oracle configuration file that maps database aliases to where they're really located. Only the DBA should ever modify this file. If you want to modify it, you should really talk to your DBA to do so. If you want to see it, it's located in $ORACLE_HOME/network/admin. (Yes, there's that $ORACLE_HOME thing again.)
nguye103 - have you talked to your DBA yet? Do you guys even have a DBA? Working with Oracle is non-trivial. If you're just looking for a database that anyone can administer, I would go with one of the opensource options, like MySQL or PostgreSQL. Oracle is the top-of-the-line mothership of all databases, and requires a lot of knowledge to run it correctly. This is reflected in the amount of crap you have to do just to install DBD::Oracle.
To compare, installing MySQL and DBD::mysql takes about 30 minutes, tops. And, it's even optimized for and meant to be installed on most flavors of Linux. Maybe what you need can be solved by MySQL ...
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