Shell script to export all APEX applications as SQL scripts

Environment: Oracle 11gR2 EE, Application Express 4.2.2, Oracle Linux 6.4 64-bit, Java JDK 7u21

The APEX software contains a Java class which can be used to script or schedule the export of one or more APEX applications. I will show you in this post how to do this.

First, I unzipped the APEX software to /u01/app/apex. The Java class file is called “APEXExport.class” and can be found in the folder /u01/app/apex/utilities/oracle/apex.

You also need a Java JDK. I installed Java 7 JDK (update 21) under /u01/app/java/java7.

You might need to unlock (and set a password) for the APEX schema owner (in my case, APEX_040200). I’m not sure if it’s possible to export the applications with another user.

This is how my script looks like:

# script to export all ApEx applications as sql scripts

CLASSPATH=$CLASSPATH:/u01/app/oracle/product/11.2.0/db_1/oui/jlib/classes12.jar; export CLASSPATH

cd /u01/app/apex/utilities

/u01/app/java/java7/bin/java oracle.apex.APEXExport -db localhost:1521:ora11g01 -user apex_040200 -password <password> -instance

mv f*.sql $BACKUPDIR

if [ -f $BACKUPDIR/apex_export.log ]
    cat $BACKUPDIR/apex_export.log|mail -s "APEX export - `hostname -s`"

You need to include the file classes12.jar in your CLASSPATH or the JDBC connection won’t work.

The -instance setting will export all your applications. To limit the number of applications, you can also use -workspaceid or -applicationid. Check the readme.txt file under the utilities folder for more information.

To schedule the script with cron, I added the following line to my crontab file:

00 22 * * * /home/oracle/scripts/ 1>/u05/apex_backup/apex_export.log 2>&1

This will execute the script each night at 22:00 and mail the log file to the mail address inside the script.

Happy scripting! :-)



Posting source code in WordPress blogs

In my previous blog post, I published the source code of a bash shell script. I noticed that WordPress kept on messing around with the code (like replacing some of the double quotes), and at first I didn’t know how to solve this (I’m quite new to WordPress).

And then I found the following support article:

So, basically, you need to wrap your source code into “sourcecode” blocks, using the HTML editor.

There are also some nice options, like setting the language, enabling highlighting or line wrapping etc.

This is an example with sourcecode language=”bash” as option:


# description: source code example

echo "hello world!"

exit 0


Automatically start GlassFish 3.1.2 on Oracle Linux 6.2 after server reboot

Environment: GlassFish 3.1.2 Open Source Edition (Web Profile), Oracle Linux 6.2

When you installed GlassFish on Oracle Linux, you probably want to make sure that your Domain Administration Server (DAS) and/or any standalone instances that you created are automatically started after a server reboot. You can do this with a shell script which you add as a service under Linux.

The first step is to create a script under /etc/init.d (with user root):

$ vi /etc/init.d/glassfish


# description: glassfish start stop restart
# processname: glassfish
# chkconfig: 2345 20 80


case "$1" in
su - $GLASSFISH_USER -c "$GLASSFISH_HOME/bin/asadmin start-domain domain1"
su - $GLASSFISH_USER -c "$GLASSFISH_HOME/bin/asadmin start-local-instance instance1"
su - $GLASSFISH_USER -c "$GLASSFISH_HOME/bin/asadmin stop-local-instance instance1"
su - $GLASSFISH_USER -c "$GLASSFISH_HOME/bin/asadmin stop-domain domain1"
su - $GLASSFISH_USER -c "$GLASSFISH_HOME/bin/asadmin restart-local-instance instance1"
su - $GLASSFISH_USER -c "$GLASSFISH_HOME/bin/asadmin restart-domain domain1"
echo $"Usage: $0 {start|stop|restart}"
exit $RETVAL

This script will start, stop or restart the DAS with name “domain1” and the local instance with name “instance1” on your Linux server. You should adapt the script for your specific GlassFish instances.

GLASSFISH_HOME is the folder where GlassFish was installed (in my case: /u01/app/glassfish3). GLASSFISH_USER is the name of the user account under which GlassFish is running (in my case: user oracle).

Note: GlassFish needs a JAVA_HOME variable pointing to the folder of your Java binaries. In my case, JAVA_HOME is defined in the .bash_profile of the user “oracle”. You could also add it to the /etc/init.d/glassfish script.

Next, set the correct file permissions on the script:

$ chmod 755 /etc/init.d/glassfish

You can test the script as follows:

$ sh /etc/init.d/glassfish start

Now we need to create a service from the script:

$ chkconfig –add glassfish

This will create a service and start it in the runlevels 2,3,4 and 5. To check this, run the following command:

$ chkconfig|grep glassfish
glassfish 0:off 1:off 2:on 3:on 4:on 5:on 6:off

Let’s check the service:

$ service glassfish stop

Waiting for the instance to stop …
Command stop-local-instance executed successfully.
Waiting for the domain to stop ….
Command stop-domain executed successfully.

Looks ok! The last thing you should test is rebooting your server to see if GlassFish is automatically started after the reboot. Have fun!