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Subject: Oracle Alerts - Frequently Creation
12-DEC-1997
Asked Questions Date:
Type: FAQ Last Revision
20-JUL-2000
Status: PUBLISHED Date:
ORACLE CORE TECHNOLOGIES
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Alerts
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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
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10-31-97

CONTENTS
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1. What are Oracle Alerts?


2. What types of Oracle Alerts are there?
3. What types of actions can be generated when an Alert is triggered?
4. Can I build an Alert to run with my custom applications or tables?
5. Which Email packages work with Alerts?
6. Can Alerts be triggered using other Tools?
(i.e. other than Oracle Forms or concurrent programs)
7. What is Response Processing?
8. Do I need Oracle Applications to use Alerts?

QUESTIONS & ANSWERS


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1. What are Oracle Alerts?

Answer
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Oracle Alerts are used to monitor unusual or critical activity within
a designated database. The flexibility of ALERTS allows a database
administrator the ability to monitor activities from tablespace sizing
to activities associated with particular applications (i.e. AP, GL,
FA).
Alerts can be created to monitor a process in the database and to
notify
a specific individual of the status of the process.

2. What types of Oracle Alerts are there?

Answer
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There are 2 types of alerts: Event Alerts and Periodic Alerts
a) EVENT ALERTS are triggered when an event or change is made to a
table in the database.

b) PERIODIC ALERTS are activated on a scheduled basis to monitor


database
activities or changes.

3. What types of actions can be generated when an Alert is triggered?

Answer
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When an alert is triggered or the event is true, the alert can Email,
send
or print a message. Alerts also have the ability to execute a SQL
script
to perform an action. Using Response Processing, Oracle Alerts can
solicit
a response from a specific individual and perform an action based on
the
response that it receives.

4. Can I build an Alert to run with my custom applications or tables?

Answer
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Event or Periodic Alerts can work with any custom application, as long
as the
application is properly registered within the Oracle Applications
package.

5. Which Email packages work with Alerts?

Answer
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Oracle Alert is designed to work with Oracle Office, Oracle
Interoffice,
UNIX Sendmail, and VMS Mail.

6. Can Alerts be triggered by other Tools?


(i.e. other than Oracle Forms and concurrent programs)

Answer
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Oracle Alerts can only be triggered from an application that has been
registered in Oracle Applications. Alerts cannot be triggered via SQL
updates or deletes to an Alert activated trigger.

7. What is Response Processing?

Answer
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Response processing is a component of Alerts which allows the
recipients of an
alert to reply with a message and have the applications take some
action based on the response. Response Processing only works with
Oracle Mail
products.

8. Do I need Oracle Applications to use Alerts?

Answer
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No. The following are the only components required to use Oracle
Alerts.
The components must be certified versions for your hardware platform
and
operating system.

o Oracle RDBMS
o SQL*PLUS
o SQL*FORMS
o ORACLE MAIL product (i.e. Oracle Office or InterOffice)
o SQL*NET.
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