Comments on: Back to the future (Oracle 4.1 VM appliance) Friends of Oracle and Java Sat, 25 Apr 2015 11:36:47 +0000 hourly 1 By: Frank Computer Tue, 03 Mar 2009 17:34:54 +0000 anyone know where I can obtain a copy of Oracle 5.X Professional developer for MS-DOS with SQLPLUS, SQL*FORMS,
SQL*REPORT, LOADER, MENUS ? I have an INFORMIX-SQL 2.10.06 (DOS) app I would like to rewrite with ORACLE 5.X

By: Mucahid Uslu Mon, 02 Mar 2009 09:54:38 +0000 We are still using forms 3.0 at some projects :)

By: Marco Gralike Tue, 10 Oct 2006 13:10:43 +0000 See for extra info on order by mechanism handling NULL values the link pointed out by Frank on Tom Kytes blog (

As Tom always mentions (TEST, TEST, TEST). I double checked it (with commit and reverse insert of the values) and the behaviour shown is correct.

By: Frank Sun, 01 Oct 2006 21:13:52 +0000 As can be seen from Thomas Kytes blog, Mogens Nørgaard seems to have a copy of the docs. See

[Marco] Frank pointed out that the link should be and indeed the are some nice pictures.


By: Agustin Sun, 24 Sep 2006 16:08:42 +0000 Hi all,
I’m interested in a MS-DOS vmware appliance to install some old software other than Oracle.
Do you have a link to download such file?
Thanks in advance.

By: mike Thu, 03 Aug 2006 21:36:31 +0000 Hello, I was sent this link from a fellow member on the Oracle-L list. Basically, I misplaced/tossed my DOS PC Versions of Oracle 4, 5, and 6 (in this version I still have 12 utils/sql/etc disks but not the actual database disks). I would like to get them back if someone has them. This is just for personal use. I know I can download a free and more recent version but I enjoyed working with the earlier versions.
These screenshots bring back memories. So if anyone can help, you may email me directly (, thanks.

By: William Robertson Thu, 13 Apr 2006 00:12:30 +0000 I mentioned subqueries because I read the following in Dave Ensor’s chaptor in “Oracle Insights – Tales Of The Oak Table”:

“Oracle’s SQL implementation has moved on a great deal since, but the key step in Version 5 was the implementation of subqueries, which were simply not recognised by the Version 4 parser.”

Also mentioned as new features in Version 5 are database links and encrypted passwords. It might be interesting to query SYSTEM.USERS.

By: Ken Jacobs Wed, 12 Apr 2006 17:43:07 +0000 Thank you Marco, for your cooperation on this matter. Due to the
possible presence of third-party software (which you may not have
the right to redistribute), it simply is the safest course to simply share
your experiences, but not the software itself.

By the way, subqueries were implemented in Version 2 (1981) of Oracle.
The correlated subquery format came later …

By: Marco Gralike Wed, 12 Apr 2006 16:05:50 +0000 This blog entry has changed its contents on kind request by Ken Jacobs. The reason is that it would endanger a project, that i as oracle database enthousiast, would never ever would or want to jeopardize.

By: William Robertson Tue, 11 Apr 2006 20:06:40 +0000 Is it true that subqueries were a new feature in Oracle 5? It’s be nice to see a screenshot of one not being recognised in v4.

I’d also be interested if anyone could resurrect a v6 database or Forms 3 and see whether the mythical Implicit Cursor Second Fetch thing ever had any truth in it.

By: SwitchBL8 Sat, 08 Apr 2006 09:15:20 +0000 The login.ufi is the same as nowadays login.sql. It’s in the demo directory. If you CD \ORACLE\DEMO first and then start UFI, you won’t get the warningmessage.

By: CBourbou Fri, 07 Apr 2006 11:43:59 +0000 A few things I found out. 15 years with Oracle, but started with V6….

* Boot VM
* Optionally, for supporting Swiss Keyboard, edit AUTOEXEC.BAT
o Add a line “KEYB SG”
o Reboot VM
* Connect floppy drive by double-clicking on the floppy icon in the VM’s bottom status bar and activating “Connected”.
o Do not choose “Connect at power on”, since the system would then try to boot from floppy at next boot.

* Start Oracle
* Start Database
o C:\> IOR W
* Start SQL command tool using
o C:\> UFI -or-
o C:\> UFI user/pwd
o Login as scott/tiger or system/manager or sys/change_on_install
o “Cannot read command file…” can be ignored. I googled for “login.ufi”, but there is no documentation to be had.
o For SCOTT, Dept/Emp/Bonus/Salgrade are present
o DESC also works.
* List of commands
o UFI> show help
o Parameter settings
+ UFI> show all (or show [param])
o Display the release
+ UFI> show rel
o Interesting Views (run as User….)
+ PARTITIONS = Database Files SYSTEM
+ SESSION = A log of connections SYSTEM
+ USERAUTH = Read Passwords in Clear! SYS
+ TAB = The schema’s tables
+ SYSUSERLIST = List of schemas
* Load Help System
o With running DB, run LOADHELP.BAT
* Comprehensive demo
o Just runs without stopping, despite me setting “set pause [enter]” – any idea?
* Shutdown Database
o C:\> IOR S
* To reboot the system, disconnect the Floppy-Disk first.

By: SwitchBL8 Wed, 05 Apr 2006 15:52:51 +0000 Of course, how could I forget: IOR W. Man, that’s a long time ago. Too bad I threw away these grey boxes 2 years ago, since, yes, I did have Oracle 4.1.

By: Frank van Bortel Wed, 05 Apr 2006 15:40:18 +0000 Dan Hotka still has the UFI documentation, so he claims

By: Marco Gralike Tue, 04 Apr 2006 21:15:00 +0000 Sorry. To be precise –> (not