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DBA wisdoms

Controlling developers is like herding cats.
Kevin Loney, Oracle DBA Handbook

Oh no, it's not. It's much harder than that!
Bruce Pihlamae, long-term Oracle DBA

Do not assume!
Unknown IT specialist

Backups ist was für Warmduscher!
(engl. Backup is for sissies!)
Unkown DBA

Yesterday (the DBA version)

All those backups seemed a waste of pay.
Now my database has gone away.
Oh I believe in yesterday.

There's not half the files there used to be,
And there's a milestone hanging over me
The system crashed so suddenly.

I pushed something wrong
What it was I could not say.
Now all my data's gone
and I long for yesterday-ay-ay-ay.

The need for back-ups seemed so far away.
I knew my data was all here to stay
Now I believe in yesterday.

The SISO DB principle: Shit In - Shit Out

Der altehrwürdigste aller Tuning Ansätze: Change the statement!
(engl. The most time-honoured approach of tuning: Change the statement!)

Robert Staudach?

There is no 'patch' for stupidity.

The job of the DBA seems to be everything that everyone else either doesn't want to do, or doesn't have the ability to do. DBAs get the enviable task of figuring out all of the things no one else can figure out.

Linda Smith (Senior Oracle Consultant at Verizon Business) ?

Paranoia should be part of any DBA's personal profile, but don't over do it since it interferes with productivity.


Linux ist sehr benutzerfreundlich. Es ist nur sehr selektiv bei der Wahl seiner Nutzer!
(engl. Linux is very user-friendly. It only is very selective in the choice of its users!

If you need some help doing your DBA job please let us know we would be glad to assist you!

Errors are really errors and they have to be solved. Warnings are warnings and you should investigate if they appear. Do not ignore both of them unless you have clearly understood what you are doing.


Yes, that's me!