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    Unwrapping XML , Context File or Autoconfig configuration file
    Thursday, October 05, 2006
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    Yesterday I discussed about Autoconfig & way to execute it on DB Tier & Application Tier on Oracle Applications 11i.

    By now you might be aware that parameters used to configure oracle Applications 11i are stored in XML file of format SID_HOSTNAME.xml in $APPL_TOP/admin directory. I have seen that most of Apps DBA's are scared of executing Autoconfig or Context file (Believe me even I was in start that was way back in 2004) but if you know parameters associated with context file & if you are sure that its set correctly set you should not be worried about executing Autoconfig ( Even still you are not convinced take a back up of File System & execute it ).

    I am going to discuss how well this xml file is configured & what are different tags in xml file & few important tags which will be helpful to you in understanding your oracle Applications from Apps DBA perspective .

    So xml file also called as context file or autoconfig configuration file stores configuration in these main tags for Application Tier
    oa_context : For Start of Context file & context related information
    oa_system : System related information under this there are further sections which I'll discuss in next post
    oa_host : Information specific to local hosts like users, groups, Apps User, Groups..
    oa_install : Installation related information like type of FS, Installation Location
    oa_environments : environment specific information this tag has further subsections
    oa_processes : this section is related to processes for forms, apache, reports, cm i.e. for all services
    oa_custom : This section contain any custom setting (If any)
    I'll explain subsections under this main section in my coming posts & few important parameters

    Similar broad section you will see in Database XML files as well but different sub section & different tags under that specific to database .
    Few Important tags in XML file ....
    How to preserve customizations from Autoconfig ...
    How to create or edit Autoconfig XML file ...
    Coming in future posts

    I have huge pile up of mails so If I haven't responded to your mail yet, thanks for your patience I'll surely try to respond during this weekend on FCFS basis.
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    posted by Atul Kumar @ 5:18 PM  
    • At 1:41 PM, Anonymous Arunkumar said…

      Atul, Nice post. Small typo i guess. It should be SID_HOSTNAME.xml and not the other way.

    • At 2:05 PM, Blogger Atul Kumar said…

      Thanks arun,
      Yes you are right , its SID_HOSTNAME.xml.

      Corrected now .



    • At 6:26 PM, Blogger ankit said…

      can u please explain hw to edit the xml file...i mean is there any editor to be used for this purpose.....

    • At 6:36 PM, Blogger Atul Kumar said…

      You can use vi for linux/unix or wordpad or notepad for windows

    • At 11:03 AM, Blogger fouadbandarkar said…

      Hi Atul,
      I was cloning a DEV Instance from TEST. The Database side is on a different server from TEST while the Application side is on the same server as the Application side of TEST.

      The Database is up and running for DEV, However the Application is not coming up after I ran the script.

      It says that :
      Skipping the starting of services.
      INFO : Rapid Clone completed successfully , but the AutoConfig run recorded some errors.
      Please review the AutoConfig section in the logfile. If required, you can re-run Once Autoconfig issue is fixed , you can start services.

      And the autoconfig log recorded an error that said:
      AutoConfig could not successfully execute the following scripts: INSTE8_APPLY 256 INSTE8_APPLY 1
      AutoConfig is exiting with status 46.

      Please help me out to fix this issue ...

      Thanks and Regards,
      FOuad Bandarkar.

    • At 12:56 PM, Blogger Atul Kumar said…

      Bandarkar ,
      You can raise any issues in forum at

    • At 6:13 PM, Blogger arun said…

      Dear Atul,
      This is Arun Velicheti from HYD.could you plz explain the difference between Log , OUT and the X_(difference files that we get after executing
      And also plz let me know about the zone , OUT and the X_(difference files that we get after executing
      And also plz let me know about the zpne properties file also.

    • At 10:09 AM, Blogger Atul Kumar said…

      Feel free to raise any questions/doubts at forum dedicated to apps dba's and Guys there will be able to help you

    • At 3:52 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

      Hi Atul,
      What are autoconfig parameter which are important for RAC and multinode environment ?


    • At 3:39 PM, Blogger mahender said…

      Hi Atul,
      Information about context file is very usefull to are doing great job by providing good information to all the apps dba all over the world..Keep It up..


    • At 8:55 AM, Blogger ranjith said…

      Hi Atul,

      your info. about Apps DBA is great.
      it is much useful for Apps DBA's.

      Thanks and Regards

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