Not content to take Oracle lying down, we’ve made a couple of small changes on our systems to make life a little saner. The first is a substantial improvement to the default initscript, the second is some shell/environment hacks that should really be done by default. I alluded to these a few posts ago, but hadn’t gotten to publishing them yet.
If you’re a poor sod that has to use Oracle, head over and have a look at the improvements, feedback is always welcome (it might not be perfect, but it’s a lot better). In the interests of not being acquired by Oracle Corp, we’re publishing a diff to the initscript, rather than the full file.