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MySQL macport install on Mac OS X Tiger

I have installed mysql5 macport on the MacBookPro laptop running OS X Tiger 10.4.

There are a few steps that needs to be done once the port is installed. These steps are not documented (see Ticket #12694 on So, after reading a few blogs and analyzing mysql startup error messages, I figured out what needs to be done in order to get it running. That info might be useful to others, so I’ve decided to publish the solution here.

First of all, we need to create the initial database database

$ sudo /opt/local/lib/mysql5/bin/mysql_install_db --user=mysql

Here is the output of the command:

$ sudo ./mysql_install_db --user=mysql
Installing MySQL system tables...
071118 0:06:29 [Warning] Setting lower_case_table_names=2 because file system for /opt/local/var/db/mysql5/ is case insensitive
Filling help tables...
071118 0:06:29 [Warning] Setting lower_case_table_names=2 because file system for /opt/local/var/db/mysql5/ is case insensitive

To start mysqld at boot time you have to copy

How To Run Java EE 5 Tutorial Examples On Mac

I spent some time configuring Java environment on Mac. Here are a few tips on how to get it going.

The Max OS X comes with Java 5 installed. So, here are main steps:

* Download Java EE 5 Tutorial package from

* Download Sun Java System Application Server 9.1 from I downloaded Java EE 5 SDK Update 3 that comes with the application server.

* Use instructions posted here on how to install it

Also use Application Server Installation Tips posted here:

Once the application server is installed, change permissions on the SDK/javadb, so the folder permissions allow creating a database. Here is an example on how to do that:

cd SDK
sudo chown –R your_name javadb

In general, I believe it is a good idea to change permissions to other files in SDK to some less privileged user than root.

Once …

Java Unboxing and Null

While playing with boxing/unboxing in Java 5, I found an interesting case. If my collection has a null value, the unboxing fails with a NullPointerException at runtime. Here is an example

Set s = new HashSet();
for (int i=0; i < 10; i++) {

System.out.println("s: " + s);
// this is a problem. The unboxing does not handle null
for (int sx : s) {
System.out.println("sx: " + sx);

The output of the progam is here:

s: [2, 4, null, 9, 8, 6, 1, 3, 7, 5, 0]
sx: 2
sx: 4
Exception in thread "main" java.lang.NullPointerException
at com.mykola.TestSets.main(

So, unboxing is fine, unless a collection has a null element.

Macrodef makes Ant stronger

I found new macrodef feature in ant extremely useful in my code development. It allows me to reuse lots of code and save time. Here is a quick example on how to use macrodef and why it is cool

Let’s say I have several web applications that I need to deploy on the same web server. If I use a regular Ant task, I would have to replicate these lines of code for every application:

<wldeploy action="deploy"
targets="myWebSiteDomain" />

I know it does not look that bad, but this is just a short sample. In a real world case, I also need to compile the application, generate a WAR file, deploy it, generate a client stub, etc. So, the Ant build.xml tends to grow very fast. In one of my prev…

Some Perforce Tips

Here is a small one line command that I created to find all local files, i.e. the files that still need to be added to the repository:

find . -type f -print | xargs p4 filelog -m 1 | grep "not on client"

I like to work with svn more. The "svn status" makes the same thing much more easier.

Weblogic 10.0 Classpath

The classpath in Weblogic 10.0 has changed comparing to 9.2 version. Here is what I have in my build.xml now. It works for a simple web service and Weblogic tools such as jwsc, clientgen, wldeploy.

<path id="wl.class.path">
<pathelement location="${wl.home}/jrockit_150_08/lib/tools.jar" />
<pathelement location="${wl.home}/patch_wls1000/profiles/default/sys_manifest_classpath/weblogic_patch.jar" />
<fileset dir="${wl.home}/wlserver_10.0/server/lib">
<include name="weblogic_sp.jar" />
<include name="weblogic.jar" />
<include name="webservices.jar" />
<include name="xqrl.jar" />
<fileset dir="${wl.home}/modules/features">
<include name="features/weblogic.server.modules_10.2.0.0.jar" />
<include name="features/com.bea.cie.common-plugin.launch_2.2.0.0.jar" />
<include name=&quo…

How to post a code snippet here?

I have a few lines of code that I want to post here. The cut and paste does not work. Here is a simple solution I found in posts on The idea is to replace < and > with & lt;, & gt; symbols. Here is how it looks like:


Why Blog?

I always keep notes when I am working on a project or study. I found it very useful. I write some tips on how to do something. I write some ideas. I use my notes a lot. So, I thought maybe I should share my notes with others and maybe it will be helpful to them too. Here you go. This blog is for me and everybody who might find it useful.