Binary compatibility

Posted on 2011-04-29
Last Modified: 2012-08-13
What is the Binary compatibilty?
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    by:slightwv (䄆 Netminder)
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    there are 2 versions of oracle's latest release for windows

    32-bit and 64-bit for 11gR2

    you can run 32bit oracle on 64bit windows,  but not 64bit oracle on 32bit windows

    the binaries for other operating systems  are not compatible with any version of windows

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    An application that i need to install does not support the windows 64bit but says it has binary compatibility
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    Which windows?  

    Which application?

    What documentation says they are compatible?

    Is this a duplicate of previous questions about Oracle 11gR2 and Windows Server 2008?
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    In the Oracle world, we would typically use the term "binary compatibility" to refer to the physical database, specifically across platforms. ie. in the context of transportable tablespaces from Linux -> Windows without converting the endianess (big-endian to little-endian).

    In the broader IT world, or with other databases, the term usually refers to the ability to mount a database or resource produced under one version / platform with another version / platform, without any changes. SQLAnywhere, for example, has binary compatible databases between PC and Windows CE devices. Very nifty.

    Oracle, notoriously, is not a database that one thinks of with "binary compatibility" in mind. Almost always, to transport a database requires specific methods other than just a copy/ftp.  

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