I find that keeping my finger on the blogosphere pulse is a good way to ascertain the adoption rate of new Oracle features such as Oracle Database 11g Database File System (DBFS). I see that Tim Hall has posted DBFS content in his typically excellent style!
I have a few posts on the topic of DBFS. Amongst the following list is a post (“Hidden Content?”) that will direct you to a webcast I delivered to IOUG Exadata Special Interest Group. The webcast is very informative because I introduce the concept of “injecting” files into the file system. Injecting? Yes, imagine transferring files into an Ext3 file system on a remote host without that file system even being mounted, anywhere! Cool technology and very efficient.
- Staging Data For ETL/ELT? Flat Files Appear Magically! No, Load Time Starts With Transfer Time.
- Something to Ponder? What Sort of Powerful Offering Could a Filesystem in Userspace Be?
- Oracle Database File System (DBFS). It’s Not An “Exadata Feature.” – Part I.
- Oracle Database File System (DBFS) on Exadata Storage Server. Hidden Content?
Google Search Terms
Another web aspect I monitor when it comes to new Oracle features is what search engine terms are being thrown at Google. For example, the following DBFS-related searches are likely search terms for folks that are testing the water with DBFS and/or suffering any problems getting it to work:
|DBFS +fusermount +oracle||1100|
|“Transport endpoint is not connected” +DBFS||0|
|“fail to connect to database server”||4|
|“fail to connect to database server” +DBFS||0|
|dbfs_client +”fuse: failed to exec fusermount: Permission denied”||0|
|DBFS +”fuse: failed to exec fusermount: Permission denied”||0|
I aim to post a few blog entries with troubleshooting tips for some of the more common DBFS-related problems that customers might hit. The first entry I’ll make will cover the more common “Transport endpoint is not connected” error string that is returned under certain situations when trying to access DBFS mounts.
So, yes, the title of this post was a come-on. Oracle Database 11g Database File System is a new feature. It takes time for the blogosphere to catch up. But, as I’ve pointed out, there are good, trustworthy, bloggers posting content…like Tim Hall.