Oracle Designer Repository Installation Guide  
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Setting the Configuration Parameters

You can customize your Oracle configuration by changing the configuration parameter values. This appendix provides information about these parameters.

The configuration parameters control such things as the name and location of the program executable, library and help files. The parameters can also determine the driver to be used for network communications and the values that the network software should use for its operating parameters.

When you use the installer, it creates entries for the Oracle products in the Windows Registry, which stores configuration details for all the Windows products installed on the workstation.

To set configuration parameters, see "Modifying the Windows Registry".

To view an example of Registry settings for Oracle Designer or Oracle Designer Repository, use a text editor or similar to open one of the files:

on the Oracle Designer and Oracle Designer Repository product CD. You can edit and then run this file to insert its contents into the Registry (for example, if your Registry becomes corrupted). 


Running the ORACLE.REG file (e.g. from Windows Explorer) will overwrite your Registry entries for Designer or Designer Repository with the contents of the file. See "Inserting the Contents of a Registry File"

Modifying the Windows Registry

You can view or edit the configuration details for the Oracle products by using the Registry Editor.

Using the Registry Editor

Starting the Registry Editor

To start the Registry Editor:
  1. Click the Start bar, then click Run.
  2. In the Run dialog box, type REGEDIT in the Open field.
Details for the Oracle products appear in the Registry Editor window named HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE. Double-click the word SOFTWARE, then click the word ORACLE. The general parameters for Oracle products are displayed. Click any of the names under ORACLE to see the configuration parameters for that area of the installation.

Adding a New Parameter

To add a new parameter to the Registry (for example, to add a LOCAL parameter if one does not exist), proceed as follows:
  1. Click the area of the Registry where you want to add the new parameter. For example, to add a LOCAL parameter, click the word ORACLE.
  2. Choose Edit > New > String Value.
  3. Overtype the dummy name with the parameter name (for example, LOCAL) that you want to add and press ENTER.
  4. Double-click the new parameter name.
  5. In the Edit String dialog box, type the parameter value in the Value Data field and click OK.
The new values take effect immediately.

Editing an Existing Parameter

To change the value of a parameter that already exists in the Registry, proceed as follows:
  1. Click the area of the Registry where you want to edit the existing parameter. For example, to edit the LOCAL parameter, click the word ORACLE.

  3. On the list of parameters displayed, double-click the name of the parameter you want to edit.

  5. In the Edit String dialog box, edit the value in the Value Data field as required and click OK.
The new value takes effect immediately.

Inserting the Contents of a Registry File

You can modify the Registry by inserting the contents of a registry file, that is, a file containing Registry entries in the correct format. 


Use this method with care, as the original contents of the registry will be completely overwritten

Command Line Method

  1. Click the Start bar, then click Run.

  3. In the Open field of the Run dialog box, enter:
  4. REGEDIT filename
    where filename is the name of the registry file.

Mouse Method

From Windows Explorer, double-click the entry for the registry file.

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