cx_Oracle is a Python extension module that allows access to Oracle databases and conforms to the Python database API specification. Below are the steps i used to setup cx_Oracle, with 18.104.22.168, python 2.6 on Ubuntu 10.04 (Lucid Lynx).
1) Installed Oracle 22.214.171.124 Enterprise Edition on Ubuntu (You can also configure this by just installing the 126.96.36.199 instant client too)
2) Download cx_Oracle Source code from http://cx-oracle.sourceforge.net/
3) Install python-dev on ubuntu (Or else you will get compile errors (Like file Python.h not found) when you try to install cx-oracle)
– sudo apt-get install python-dev
4) Login as root
5) export ORACLE_HOME=/u01/11gr2/db_1;export LD_LIBRARY_PATH=$ORACLE_HOME/lib:$LD_LIBRARY_PATH
6) cd <dir-where-cx-oracle-untarred>/cx_Oracle-5.0.4
7) python setup.py install
Once it is installed you can run the sample program from http://wiki.oracle.com/page/Python to make sure it works.
I have been heads down on an Exadata Poc , and only now, got a chance to browse through the new features in 188.8.131.52. The out of place upgrade feature looks interesting.
This new feature in grid infrastructure installation had me really overjoyed (Anyone who has had the pleasure of configuring IPMP, Auto Port Aggregation, Etherchannel etc (based on the o/s) and setting it up correctly to work with Rac, will understand my Joy) . Starting with 184.108.40.206 you do not have to bond the interfaces (If you have redundant GigE nics you are going to use for your private interconnect) you are going to use as the private interconnect. If you have two different interface names to be used for the private interconnect you can provide both the interface names to the oracle grid infrastructure installer and oracle clusterware will create a Highly Available IP Address (HAIP).
Oracle Clusterware, Rac and ASM uses these load balanced highly available interfaces for communication.
Details can be read at http://download.oracle.com/docs/cd/E11882_01/install.112/e17212/prelinux.htm#BABJHGBE for Linux.
HAIP info can also be found in the 11R2 Clusterware white paper.
Julian Dyke has a blog post that says that MULTICAST has to be enabled for the Network interfaces to enable this to work.
Enabling multicast on the interconnect network is a requirement with 220.127.116.11 Rac.My Oracle Support Notes 1228471.1,1212703.1 details how Multicast can be enabled and checked.