Oracle® Application Express Patch Set Notes
Release 3.2.1.00.12
 

 

Oracle® Application Express

Patch Set Notes

Release 3.2.1.00.12

 

January 2010

These patch set notes accompany the Oracle Application Express 3.2.1.00.12 patch set.

This document contains these topics:

1 Patch Set Overview

Patch sets are a mechanism for delivering fully tested and integrated product fixes. Patch sets provide bug fixes only; they do not include new functionality and they do not require certification on the target system.

Patch sets include all of the libraries that have been rebuilt to implement the bug fixes in the set. All of the fixes in the patch set have been tested and are certified to work with each other.

Patch sets contain the same set of generic fixes across all platforms. Patch sets may also include additional patches specific to the platform on which they are released.

The Oracle Application Express 3.2.1.00.12 patch set can be applied to Oracle Application Express release 3.2.0.00.27. Apply the patch to the Oracle database where Oracle Application Express schemas are installed. This patch will determine if additional languages are installed, and will apply the patch for those languages as well. Oracle9 i Database Release 2 (9.2.0.3) and higher supports this patch set.

When determining whether or not to install this patch set, consider the following rules:

  1. If you have Oracle Application Express release 3.2 installed, download the Oracle Application Express 3.2.1 patch set and apply it.

  2. If you have Oracle Application Express release 3.1.2 or earlier installed (including Oracle HTML DB release 1.5), download and install the entire Oracle Application Express 3.2.1 release from the Oracle Technology Network (OTN).

  3. If you do not have Oracle Application Express installed, download and install the entire Oracle Application Express 3.2.1 release from the Oracle Technology Network (OTN).

2 Pre-Installation Tasks

Complete the following pre-installation tasks before installing the patch set:

2.1 Identify the Oracle Application Express Installation

This is not a complete software distribution. You must connect to an existing Oracle Database where the Oracle Application Express schemas are installed and run the apxpatch.sql installation script.

2.2 Download and Extract the Installation Software

Download the patch set to a computer with access to the Oracle Database. You will also need access to the Oracle home.

To download and extract the patch set installation software:

  1. Download the p8548651_11106_GENERIC.zip patch set installation archive to a directory that is not the Oracle home directory or under the Oracle home directory.

  2. Unzip and extract the installation files as follows:

    • Microsoft Windows - Double-click the p8548651_11106_GENERIC.zip file

    • UNIX or Linux - Enter the following command:

      $ unzip p8548651_11106_GENERIC.zip
      

2.3 Optionally Backup the Oracle Database

The Application Express engine is a collection of tables and packages that reside wholly within the Oracle Database user accounts APEX_030200 and FLOWS_FILES. This patch set updates the underlying tables and packages within the APEX_030200 account. If your installation fails, you will not be able to rollback the patch set installation process. Therefore, Oracle recommends that you perform a complete backup of your Oracle instance before you install the patch set. Note that after the patch set is installed there is no way to remove it.

If you choose to perform a backup, restart the Oracle Database in restricted session mode to prevent any user access (that is, developer and end-user) while applying the patch set.

2.4 Prevent Access to Oracle Application Express

It is important that no developers or end users access Oracle Application Express while you are applying the patch set.

If your configuration includes Oracle HTTP Server and mod_plsql, you need to stop Oracle HTTP Server. See "Stop Oracle HTTP Server".

Alternatively, if your configuration includes the embedded PL/SQL gateway, you need to disable the Oracle XML DB HTTP Server. See "Disable Oracle XML DB HTTP Server".

2.4.1 Stop Oracle HTTP Server

To stop Oracle HTTP Server shipped with Oracle Database 10 g release 1 (10.1) or later, enter commands using the following syntax, where ORACLE_BASE is the path to the Oracle base directory:

                                       
ORACLE_BASE\
                                      
ORACLE_HTTPSERVER_HOME\opmn\bin\opmnctl stopproc ias-component=HTTP_Server
                                    

Note that if the Oracle HTTP Server is listening on a port less than 1024, then these commands must be executed as a privileged user (such as root).

2.4.2 Disable Oracle XML DB HTTP Server

The embedded PL/SQL gateway runs in the Oracle XML DB HTTP server in the Oracle database. To disable it, you change the port number to 0. Before doing so, verify the port number. See "Verifying the Oracle XML DB HTTP Server Port".

To disable Oracle XML DB HTTP server:

  1. Start SQL*Plus and connect to the database where Oracle Application Express is installed as SYS. For example:

    • Windows:

                                                     
      DRIVE_LETTER:\> sqlplus /nolog
      SQL> SQL> CONNECT SYS as SYSDBA
      Enter password:  
                                                    
      SYS_password 
                                                  
    • UNIX and Linux:

      $ sqlplus /nolog
      SQL> SQL> CONNECT SYS as SYSDBA
      Enter password:  
                                                    
      SYS_password 
                                                  
  2. Run the following statements:

    EXEC DBMS_XDB.SETHTTPPORT(0);
    COMMIT;
    

3 Installation Tasks

Complete the following tasks to install the patch set:

  1. Set your current directory to the top-level "patch" directory where you unzipped the p8548651_11106_GENERIC.zip file.

  2. Start SQL*Plus and connect to the database where Oracle Application Express is installed as SYS specifying the SYSDBA role. For example:

    • On Windows:

                                                 
      SYSTEM_DRIVE:\ sqlplus /nolog
      SQL> CONNECT SYS as SYSDBA
      Enter password:  
                                                
      SYS_password
                                              
    • On UNIX and Linux:

      $ sqlplus /nolog
      SQL> CONNECT SYS as SYSDBA
      Enter password:  
                                                
      SYS_password
                                              
  3. Run apxpatch.sql. For example:

    @apxpatch.sql
    
  4. Review the log file apxpatch.log for any errors.

4 Post-Installation Tasks

Complete the following post-installation tasks before using the upgraded software:

4.1 Update the Images Directory

During an upgrade, you must incorporate the new images directory. Copy the patch/images directory into the images directory used for Application Express.

4.1.1 Updating the Images Directory When Running Oracle HTTP Server

To locate the images directory on the file system, review the following files for the text alias /i/:

  • Oracle HTTP Server distributed Oracle9 i Release 2—see the httpd.conf file.

  • Oracle Application Server 10 g—see the marvel.conf or dads.conf files.

  • Oracle HTTP Server distributed with Oracle Database 11 g—see the marvel.conf or dads.conf files.

When you locate the images directory path, copy it to the existing ORACLE_HTTPSERVER_HOME home.

On a Windows system, run a command from a command prompt similar to the following example:

xcopy /E /I patch\images  
                                      
ORACLE_HTTPSERVER_HOME\Apache\Apache\images
                                    

On UNIX or Linux based systems, run a command similar to the following example:

cp -rf patch/images  
                                      
ORACLE_HTTPSERVER_HOME/Apache/Apache
                                    

In the preceding syntax examples, ORACLE_HTTPSERVER_HOME is the existing Oracle Application Server or Oracle HTTP Server Oracle home. The location of the Oracle Application Express images directory may be different in your configuration.

4.1.2 Updating the Images Directory When Running the Embedded PL/SQL Gateway

The images in an Oracle XML DB HTTP Server with the embedded PL/SQL gateway installation are in the XML DB repository. Updating the images is accomplished by running the SQL Script apxldimg.sql located in the top level directory where the patch was unzipped.

To update the images directory:

  1. Set your current directory to the top-level "patch" directory where you unzipped the p8548651_11106_GENERIC.zip file.

  2. Start SQL*Plus and connect to the database where Oracle Application Express is installed as SYS specifying the SYSDBA role. For example:

    • On Windows:

      SYSTEM_DRIVE:\ sqlplus /nolog
      SQL> CONNECT SYS as SYSDBA
      Enter password:  
                                                    
      SYS_password
                                                  
    • On UNIX and Linux:

      $ sqlplus /nolog
      SQL> CONNECT SYS as SYSDBA
      Enter password:  
                                                    
      SYS_password
                                                  
  3. Run apxldimg.sql passing the file system path to the "patch" directory where the p8548651_11106_GENERIC.zip file was unzipped as shown in the following example:

    • On Windows:

      @apxldimg.sql  
                                                    
      SYSTEM_DRIVE:\TEMP\patch
                                                  
    • On UNIX and Linux:

      @apxldimg.sql /tmp/patch
      

4.2 Start Oracle Application Express

If your configuration includes Oracle HTTP Server and mod_plsql, you need to start Oracle HTTP Server. See "About Patching Oracle Application Express After Translating Languages".

Alternatively, if your configuration includes the embedded PL/SQL gateway, you need to enable the Oracle XML DB HTTP Server. See "Enable Oracle XML DB HTTP Server".

4.2.2 Enable Oracle XML DB HTTP Server

Once disabled, you enable embedded PL/SQL gateway by assigning a port number.

To enable Oracle XML DB HTTP server:

  1. Start SQL*Plus and connect to the database where Oracle Application Express is installed as SYS. For example:

    • Windows:

                                                     
      DRIVE_LETTER:\> sqlplus /nolog
      SQL> SQL> CONNECT SYS as SYSDBA
      Enter password:  
                                                    
      SYS_password 
                                                  
    • UNIX and Linux:

      $ sqlplus /nolog
      SQL> SQL> CONNECT SYS as SYSDBA
      Enter password:  
                                                    
      SYS_password 
                                                  
  2. Run the following statements:

    EXEC DBMS_XDB.SETHTTPPORT(
                                              
    port);
    COMMIT;
                                            

    For example:

    EXEC DBMS_XDB.SETHTTPPORT(8080);
    COMMIT;
    

Note:

Port numbers less than 1024 are reserved for use by privileged processes on many operating systems. To enable the XML DB HTTP listener on a port less than 1024, such as 80, review the following documentation:

4.3 About Patching Oracle Application Express After Translating Languages

It is safe to apply the Oracle Application Express 3.2.1.00.12 patch set repeatedly to an Application Express 3.2.1 instance. If you load additional translated versions of Oracle Application Express after applying this patch, you should apply the entire patch set again.

5 Fixed Bugs

The following table is a list of the bugs fixed with in this patch set.

Table 1 Bugs Fixed in the Oracle Application Express Patch Set

Bug Number Description

5914368

In Firefox, Find functionality in HTML Editor Standard is broken.

5914374

In Firefox, text inside a table in HTML Editor Standard is always striked.

8320124

Updates ignored when editing all regions.

8320185

Error displays when applying changes to include an Oracle Report in application migrations.

8330936

Oracle Reports with a SQL query greater than 4k cannot be converted in Forms conversion.

8331010

Oracle Report SQL queries greater than 4k are not displayed in Forms conversion project.

8331201

Export/import actions cause loss of interactive report print attributes.

8334711

Transactional SQL in SQL Commands results in a ORA-01003.

8338787

Enhanced query not saved correctly when Apply Changes is clicked in application migrations.

8338990

Application import is slow and sometimes times out.

8347332

Unable to use greater than character ( >) in expression in CASE statement of computed column.

8351256

Upgrading runtime-only environment results in ORA-04042 errors on GRANT action.

8355079

APEX_UTIL.EXPORT_APPLICATION(_PAGE) throws ORA errors with multibyte characters.

8358834

Cannot create application from a Migration project with mixed case table names.

8370221

Create package with methods on database tables fails.

8371342

When using page groups, manage unassigned links goes to wrong page.

8416002

Slow performance when creating application on spreadsheet.

8417143

ORA-44003: invalid sql name error when creating a Calendar region.

8422688

apex_user_access_log.last_login column not correctly updated.

8431814

Unable to import SQL script using SQL Workshop, SQL Scripts, Import utility.

8432829

Poor performance when running Lists of Values Utilization report.

8460439

Interactive report from copied page takes bind variable value from original page.

8466467

Deep link lost after sso authentication.

8466721

Oracle Application Express schema needs EXECUTE privilege on DBMS_RANDOM, DBMS_OBFUSCATION_TOOLKIT.

8466935

Allow developed applications to call APEX_UTIL.CREATE_USER.

8486277

Unable to edit non-database blocks listed in application migrations.

8494970

COLUMN COLUMN_EXPR not exposed in Oracle Application Express views.

8512898

Build Options display incorrectly in some Oracle Application Express views.

8527710

Tabs overlap in 2-level Tab template in Chrome/Safari for Theme 17.

8530955

Degraded performance using interactive reports over time.

8534848

Interactive report charts raise Object Required error in Microsoft Internet Explorer.

8551429

ORA-00936 is displayed in page views by workspace and user (4050:36).

8553100

Original query generated for Forms conversion uses incorrect column names.

8555172

BLOB download links are incorrect when multiple file items referenced on a page.

8567600

ORA-00942 error occurs in Utilities, Object Reports, PL/SQL Unit Line Counts.

8567757

ORA-00979 error occurs in Utilities, Schema Comparison report.

8568894

JavaScript error using Interactive reports when selecting a column in Search bar.

8571758

Unable to upload Oracle Report XML to Forms conversion project on Oracle Database, release 9.2.

8573453

Create workspace fails - ORA-28232: Invalid input length for Obfuscation Toolkit.


6 Other Issues and Changes

This section describes other changes included in Oracle Application Express that are not documented elsewhere.

This section contains the following topics:

6.1 Issue Applying the Oracle Application Express 3.2.1 Patch Set Against Oracle Database Release 11.1.0.7

When applying the Oracle Application Express 3.2.1 patch set against an Oracle Database release 11.1.0.7, you may encounter the error ORA-00600: internal error code, arguments: [kgiinb_invalid_obj]. This will be recorded in the generated patch set installation log, apxpatch.log.

If you encounter this error, you download and apply the patch for database bug 7420394 from Oracle MetaLink, and then attempt to install the Oracle Application Express 3.2.1 patch set again.

6.2 AnyChart AnyGantt Flash Gantt and AnyChart AnyMap

This release of Oracle Application Express includes the AnyChart AnyGantt Flash Gantt Component and the AnyChart AnyMap extension. These products are not exposed through the Oracle Application Express user interface, but can be used programatically in any Oracle Application Express application. To learn more, see:

For specifics about the XML structures necessary to use these products, see:

Please note that to use these products, you must manually enter the necessary XML code into the Custom XML property of the chart.

7 Documentation Accessibility

Our goal is to make Oracle products, services, and supporting documentation accessible to all users, including users that are disabled. To that end, our documentation includes features that make information available to users of assistive technology. This documentation is available in HTML format, and contains markup to facilitate access by the disabled community. Accessibility standards will continue to evolve over time, and Oracle is actively engaged with other market-leading technology vendors to address technical obstacles so that our documentation can be accessible to all of our customers. For more information, visit the Oracle Accessibility Program Web site at http://www.oracle.com/accessibility/ .

Accessibility of Code Examples in Documentation

Screen readers may not always correctly read the code examples in this document. The conventions for writing code require that closing braces should appear on an otherwise empty line; however, some screen readers may not always read a line of text that consists solely of a bracket or brace.

Accessibility of Links to External Web Sites in Documentation

This documentation may contain links to Web sites of other companies or organizations that Oracle does not own or control. Oracle neither evaluates nor makes any representations regarding the accessibility of these Web sites.

Deaf/Hard of Hearing Access to Oracle Support Services

To reach Oracle Support Services, use a telecommunications relay service (TRS) to call Oracle Support at 1.800.223.1711. An Oracle Support Services engineer will handle technical issues and provide customer support according to the Oracle service request process. Information about TRS is available at http://www.fcc.gov/cgb/consumerfacts/trs.html , and a list of phone numbers is available at http://www.fcc.gov/cgb/dro/trsphonebk.html .


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