Archive for February, 2008

German Federal Constitutional Court: Confidentiality and Integrity of IT systems


germany’s highest court of justice , the Federal Constitutional Court (Bundesverfassungsgericht) has given a new direction to the discussion about German authority’s online searching of home computers:

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New homepage for our Linux User Group Mitterteich

Hi friends,

the Linux User Group Mitterteich has a new webpage and a new URI ( The old URI ( will be redirected from today on.

Well, the page isn’t perfect at the moment – but finally we started working on it:

  • The free template (made by Ramin Hossaini) used at the moment will be replaced: Maxi works on a new, customized one.
  • I developed the page structure and filled it with first, generic and historical content, most items simply have been migrated it from the old page.
  • By and by, the content will come.

Please review the new page, and tell me you opinion. I’d be glad.


Blog moved and updated


this blog has been moved to our new Debian root server – much more of my own taste than olde funpic has been. And, at least, free of advertising cheap flights or packet shipping companies by popup and/or floating-in banners.

Touching the blog software anyway, the update being due since two weeks was done: WordPress 2.3.3 serves this page now.


Another lecture “Basics of database technology” in German

Tomorrow at 10 a.m. I’ll give a lecture about the “Basics of database technology” in German language for 9th-formers of Augustinus Grammar School in Weiden.

See the handout and the presentation here.


Oracle 10gR2 Clusterware on Novell/SuSE SLES10 on multipath devices


installing the Oracle Clusterware CRS 10.2 on SLES10 with its multipath devices can be tricky.

Background: The tool formatting the OCR disks, clsfmt.bin, is buggy concerning multipath / device mapper devices and you will see fail and clsfmt spit out errors like:

clsfmt: Failure trying to resize OCR file from ... bytes to ... bytes
clsfmt: Received unexpected error 4 from skgfifi

Oracle Patch Set or one-off patch 4679769 from Oracle Metalink fixes this, but during install with runInstaller you are bound to the install kit AND you cannot apply a patch before a product is fully installed. Subsequently, the fails and you have to clean up the mess manually and format the disks manually. I did not want do do so, I solved this problem in this way:

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