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From Karl Wright <>
Subject Re: Problems connecting ManifoldCF 2.11 to Oracle Express
Date Fri, 07 Dec 2018 13:35:13 GMT
Hi James,

ManifoldCF does not currently support Oracle as a back-end database.  It
does support crawling Oracle databases, however, via the JDBC Connector.
Is that what you are trying to do?

If it is, then please note the following instructions for the JDBC
connector.  Because the driver you are trying to use is proprietary, you
will need to put the driver in an appropriate place in the source tree and
build ManifoldCF yourself (in order to get the proprietary versions of all
the examples etc.).  Please read the following:

'The jdbc connector can, in theory, work with any JDBC driver that has been
added into the list it knows about.  The code as granted knows about the

Mssql/Sybase (via open-source jtds)
Postgresql (via an appropriate open-source postgresql JDBC driver)
Oracle (via a proprietary, but freely downloadable Oracle JDBC driver)

The connector was tested against the following versions of the above:

Oracle: oracle ojdbc5 jdk1.5 and ojdbc6 jdk1.6
Jtds: version 1.2.2, downloadable from SourceForge
Postgresql: the debian postgresql driver package for postgresql 8.3.7, aka
libpg-java, version 8.2-504-2.

None of these required custom changes.

To build this connector with Oracle support, copy the Oracle JDBC
driver into the root "lib-proprietary" directory, calling it "ojdbc.jar",
before building.
To build with Mssql/Sybase, copy a version of the jtds driver into that
same directory,
they will not be picked up by ManifoldCF.

Then, build the connector using the normal ant build script.  Further
information can be
found on the "how-to-build-and-deploy.html" documentation page.'


On Fri, Dec 7, 2018 at 6:41 AM James Thomas <>

> Hi,
> I've been trying to configure the JDBC connector to use an Oracle Express (
> database. I can talk to the database with SQL Developer, making tables and
> running queries, so I am confident that the database is functional.
> Using ManifoldCF 2.11, when I create a connection and save it, I get an
> error message:  Threw exception: 'Driver class not found:
> oracle.jdbc.OracleDriver'
> I'm familiar with the Documentum connector so I was expecting that I might
> need to add library code from Oracle to the ManifoldCF installation but I
> can only find references to an ojdbc.jar file for building,
> For Oracle, download the appropriate Oracle JDBC jar from the Oracle site,
> and copy it into the same directory before you build ManifoldCF.
> I've downloaded the relevant jar from Oracle and also taken it from my SQL
> Developer instance but I can't find a place within the ManifoldCF instance
> where it is picked up at run time.
> I did find that dropping it into the Java distro
> (Java\jdk1.8.0_91\jre\lib\ext) made it findable, but this doesn't seem like
> a long-term solution.
> I can't find a bug in this area in the ManifoldCF Jira.
> Any help would be appreciated.
> Cheers,
> James

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