Oracle Calendar API Revisited

Well.. I’ve managed to track down the Oracle Calendar SDK libraries for Linux. They’re included with the Oracle Collaboration Suite distribution, which I had originally thought only included libraries for the Mac. I did a little more digging and found this post on Oracle’s Calendar SDK message board. It turns out I need to run the installer and let it do an “official” install of the stuff. A bit convoluted given that all I need is a couple libraries and include files, but if it works…

Here’s what I did:

  1. Downloaded the Oracle Collaboration Suite distribution (version 10g) from Oracle’s web site. It came as a 3.8-gig multipart compressed tar archive (thank God for Internet2)! After running the script to assemble the parts, I ended up with a file called OCS_101200.tar.gz.
  2. I’m not interested in everything in the tar file, just the calendar stuff. This is all in a directory called calendar_standalone. So, I untarred just that directory: tar xzvf OCS_101200.tar.gz calendar_standalone.
  3. I ran the installation script, runInstaller -ignoreSysPrereqs. The option tells the installer to keep running even though I’m not running one of Oracle’s pre-approved flavors of Linux.
  4. Walk through the menus, select the SDK, and follow the directions.

After doing this, I ended up with the SDK (along with 300 megs of other kruft) installed in my home directory under a directory called product.

Haven’t played around with it yet, but hopefully I can write something to do a simple event extract. If that works, I can write an automated script that extracts the data, massages it, and posts it as an iCal subscription. Stick it in cron to run nightly, and I’ve got my ultimate solution for Oracle Calendar integration. Wish me luck!

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