Thursday, April 16, 2009

APEX on Mac OS X - Update

It seems as if the Embedded PL/SQL Gateway is a part of Oracle 10g for Mac OS X after all. Thus, if there's an EPG, then there's a way to get APEX up and running.

Alex Gorbachev has posted a step-by-step guide on how to do just this here. And if you missed his Installation Guide for Oracle 10g on Mac OS X, you can find that here.

As he stated, the workaround is not a very secure thing to do; however, if you're just using it for local development, there should be no major issues. You have been warned.

In any case, I did have an issue with the code that he had posted to disable the security on XDB. After some searching around, I used the following instead:

DECLARE
configxml SYS.XMLType;
configxml2 SYS.XMLType;
BEGIN
-- Get the current configuration
configxml := DBMS_XDB.cfg_get();

-- Modify the configuration
SELECT INSERTCHILDXML
(xdburitype(
'/xdbconfig.xml').getXML(),
'/xdbconfig/sysconfig/protocolconfig/httpconfig',
'allow-repository-anonymous-access',
XMLType('<allow-repository-anonymous-access
xmlns="http://xmlns.oracle.com/xdb/xdbconfig.xsd">
true</allow-repository-anonymous-access>'),
'xmlns="http://xmlns.oracle.com/xdb/xdbconfig.xsd"'
)
INTO
configxml2
FROM
DUAL;

-- Update the configuration to use the modified version
DBMS_XDB.cfg_update(configxml2);
END;
/
A couple other notes: you'll have to also copy the images over to the database via XDB. You can map this drive via Mac OS X and then just copy the images over via the finder.

To do this:

1) From the Go menu in the Finder, select Connect to Server...
2) For the Server Address, enter: http://localhost:8080 and click Connect.
3) When prompted, enter XDB for the user and the corresponding password.

At this point, you should see the localhost volume on your desktop. Simply create a top-level directory called i and then copy the APEX images folder into that directory, and you should be good to go with APEX on Mac OS X!

2 comments:

Alex Gorbachev said...

Thanks Scott. Updated with the link back to your blog post for details.

Ryan said...

Hi Scott,

I went thru Alex's install but I've been unsuccessful. I'm running Mac OS X Server 10.5 and all of the installs instructions worked successfully without but I cannot get Apex to come up on localhost:8080. Do you have any suggestions?

Thanks,