February 14, 2007

Ha ha ha! I haven’t laughed so hard in ages!

So I was installing Oracle on one of our new test servers and using the obligatory X-windows interface. But when the screen appeared, I couldn’t click any of the bottom row of buttons, one of which was the “Next…” button to go on to the next step of the install. The other buttons worked, but none of the ones on the bottom row, including “Exit”. Couldn’t go on, couldn’t quit out.

For those not in the know, X-windows is Unix’s equivalent of Microsoft Windows or the Mac interface, and something of a poor relation to both.

So what was the answer? Well, a Google Groups query on “oracle installer click next” revealed a help posting from way back in 2002 from someone asking the same question. A kind gentleman by the name of Jonathan K Shay had answered: turn off the number-lock on the keyboard.

That was plainy ridiculous, so I tried it and it worked!

Ha ha, ha ha, ha ha, haaaaaa!

Who could have guessed? Who worked it the solution and how? And why, FIVE YEARS LATER, is it still a problem?

Unbeweevable, as Nick Abbot would say.

Software still has a long way to go doesn’t it?


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