Klaatu! Verata! Necktie… Nectar… Nickel…

Well, it looks as if I can put a stop to my pursuit of a Grand Army of the Undead, as I finally brought Oracle to heel this morning.
And all it took was 20 hours of research on Google, a maraton session on Metalink, an application of an Oracle patch or three, 45 minute runs of catpatch.sql, catalog.sql and catnools.sql and a sprinkling of goats’ blood.
Okay, I made that last part up. I’m moving everything to Postgres as soon as I can.